Application Process

How to apply

Below is a guide on how to apply to one of our online Master's or Doctoral programs. To expedite your application for admission, follow these steps and remain engaged throughout the admissions process. Within 30 days of submitting the application, all supplemental application materials must be received by the admissions office. Please note, applicants to our Master's program must provide two (2) academic or professional letters of recommendation.

  1. Review the admission requirements listed on the program page. Admission requirements can differ from program to program. These details are listed on each program page in the 'Admissions Process' section.
  2. Order Your Official Transcripts
    • Official transcripts are required from all institutions where a degree was earned. For all other institutions attended unofficial transcripts may be submitted. Transcripts should be sent electronically to the email address indicated in the 'Admissions Process' section of the program page or via mail to:
      Online Engineering Programs
      The George Washington University
      170 Newport Center Drive
      Suite 260
      Newport Beach, CA 92660
    • Applicants who attended and/or received a degree from a foreign institution must submit transcripts in English as well as the original language.
    • Please note that all official credentials, such as transcripts, marks statements, or degree certificates become the property of the George Washington University once they have been submitted and will not be returned to the student or the issuing institution.
    • Create your Statement of Purpose
      • In an essay of 250 words or less, describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Discuss your related qualifications including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned.
    • Upload your resume or C.V. with the online application
    • Gather GRE scores (optional)
      • GRE scores are not required but, if available, should be submitted to enhance your application
    • Complete the online application. Links to the program application are located throughout our website. You can find an application link at the bottom of this page, on each program page, and on the 'Apply Now' page.
    • Request your letters of recommendation (required for applicants to Master's degree only). Letters of recommendation are not required for Doctoral programs.
      • Applicants to Master's programs must submit two (2) letters of recommendation, and one must be from a professional reference. Begin this process by filling out this letter of recommendation form. Within this form you will share the email address of the individual providing your recommendation. Once you complete your required section, Formstack will send that individual a link to the letter of recommendation form. A letter of recommendation is only considered official when it is sent directly from the individual providing the recommendation through Formstack. Submissions directly from applicants will not be accepted.
    • Remain Engaged throughout the admissions process
      • We will notify you of updates as your application progresses through the admissions process. To ensure your application is processed as quickly as possible, please promptly act on any communication you receive from us.
    • If admitted, carefully review the admission information sent to you by our office. You are also responsible for reviewing the policies and procedures. (Doctoral | Master's)
    • To accept admission, return the reply card and tuition deposit: $495 for all Master's programs and $995 for all online Doctoral. The tuition deposit cannot be waived and is non-refundable. The deposit will be applied to your first semester’s tuition.


    Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the application process.  

    Masters Applicants: [email protected] 
    Doctoral Applicants: [email protected]
    Phone: 833-330-1454

    Read the guidelines and gathered all your application materials? Select the button below to start your application!

    Admissions Policy

    Admission to the Online Engineering graduate programs is granted on a competitive basis. Admission decisions are made holistically, whereby the faculty reviews each individual’s application file to assess the prospective student’s likelihood of success. Applications are evaluated using the basics requirements for admission as well as nonnumerical factors such as academic background, work experience, letters of recommendation, extracurricular involvement, and writing ability. 

    Applicants whose grades or test scores fall below the minimum requirements for admission have gone on to succeed in our graduate programs. We do not automatically deny admission based on quantifiable qualifications. At the same time, meeting minimum admission criteria doesn’t automatically result in admission. Application files are evaluated for how they stand out among the other applicants to the program, and for what the applicant can bring to the GW community. 

    No more than two favorable admission decisions will be rendered for any one applicant. Regardless of whether the application for readmission is submitted because an applicant does not enroll in the semester admitted, or a student interrupts continuous enrollment, or a student is placed repeatedly on financial hold preventing registration. Students denied admission may not reapply; unless circumstances have changed considerably. Denials of admission are generally upheld on reapplication.