Online Doctor of Philosophy Program

The next cohort will begin in August 2021. We will begin accepting applications in January 2021

Students applying for admission to the School of Engineering and Applied Science Online Programs (SEAS-OP) must meet the graduate entrance requirements of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. See below for the necessary entrance criteria for your program of interest.
Please note that prospective students are allowed to apply for the D.Eng or Ph.D. program – not both. Our office will not process dual applications.

Step One: Review the Admissions Requirements

  • Minimum of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or a closely related field from recognized institutions.
  • A minimum graduate level GPA of 3.5
  • A minimum of two college-level calculus courses passed with grades of B- or better
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores are required of all applicants who are not citizens of countries where English is the official language.  Click here to learn about the SEAS English language requirements and exemption policy. Test scores may not be more than two years old.
  • Demonstrated capacity for original scholarship.
  • Up-to-date resume.
  • Note: GRE and GMAT scores are not required to complete the application packet, but can be submitted to strengthen the application.

Please note that our doctoral programs are highly selective; meeting minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee admission.  

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Step Two: Submit Application and Supporting Documents

To speed our review of your application for admission, order your official transcripts and prepare all other materials before submitting your application. Within 30 days of submitting the application, all supplemental application materials must be received by the admissions office. After that time, the file will be rejected as incomplete. Applications for this doctoral program will be accepted until the application deadline (once provided) or all available seats have been filled.

Complete application packets include:

  • Completed Application for Graduate Admission form
  • Order Your Official Transcripts – Request that official transcripts, in English, be sent to our office directly from all colleges or universities attended, whether or not a degree was earned. Contact the institutions you attended previously to learn the process for requesting official transcripts. Transcripts should be sent to applyonline@gwu.edu (if sent electronically), or via mail to:
    • SEAS Online Programs
      The George Washington University
      170 Newport Center Drive
      Suite 260
      Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Up-to-Date Resume
  • Statement of Purpose – In an essay of 250 words or less, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University. Describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans; and discuss your related qualifications including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned.
  • English Language Requirements: TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores are required of all applicants who are not citizens of countries where English is the official language. The EMSE Department requires a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based or 100 internet-based, or an IELTS overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0, or a PTE score of 68.

Official transcripts must be received prior to an admission decision being rendered for SEAS online programs.  Unofficial transcripts are no longer permitted as part of the application packet starting with Spring-1 2017.   
Please send official transcripts either electronically or by USPS. We are currently unable to accept packages from FedEx, UPS, and DHL.  

Step Three: Remain Engaged in the Admissions Process

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