Online Master of Engineering in Cloud Computing Management

We are now accepting applications for our summer and fall semester start dates. For more details on application deadlines and start dates, refer to the academic calendar.

Program Description

The online Master of Engineering in Cloud Computing Management is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of cloud infrastructure, platforms, and software services. Student will also be equipped with the managerial expertise needed to oversee complex cloud-based projects and teams. Core topics covered include cloud architecture, data storage and management, network security, and virtualization. Additional leadership-focused courses in project management and strategic decision-making in technology-driven environments prepare graduates to advance in their field.

The curriculum is tailored to address the evolving needs of government and industry reliant on cloud technologies. The rapidly expanding field needs leaders who can effectively manage and optimize cloud resources and ensure data security and compliance. Graduates of this program are well-positioned for leadership roles in any organization leveraging cloud computing for strategic advantage.


Learn More About the Courses

CSCI 6012 Cybersecurity and Privacy: Overview of cybersecurity and privacy, including cryptography, authentication, malware, viruses, network security, anonymity, privacy and online privacy, risk management. Common cyberattacks and techniques for detection and defense. Policy and legal perspectives for managing cybersecurity missions supporting the private sector and government. Cyber technologies as applied to the stability of global information and communications infrastructure; government cybersecurity policies. (3 credit hours)

CSCI 6018 Cloud Applications Architecture: Cloud application design guidelines and software patterns. Survey of cloud services for scalable secure cloud applications. Trade-offs in cloud application design, container vs virtual machine deployments, and monolithic vs microservice. (3 credit hours)

ECE 6132 Secure Cloud Computing: A comprehensive guide to security concerns and best practices for cloud computing and cloud services. Topics discussed include cloud computing architectures, risk issues and legal topics, data security, internal and external clouds, information security frameworks and operational guidelines. (3 credit hours)

EMSE 6540 Management of Information and Systems Security: Information security techniques and countermeasures in defense fundamentals; critical infrastructure protection; network defense–firewall systems and IDS, VPNs, cryptographic and internet security protocols and cyber security, information assurance. (3 credit hours)

EMSE 6543 Managing the Protection of Information Assets and Systems: Advanced topics in protection of information assets and systems, including authentication, asset control, security models and kernels, physical security, personnel security, operational security, administrative security, security configuration management, and resource control. Prerequisite: EMSE 6540. (3 credit hours)

EMSE 6544 Auditing, Monitoring and Intrusion Detection for Information Security Managers: Methods for detecting problems with unauthorized activity in information systems and management challenges associated with those activities. Prerequisite: EMSE 6540. (3 credit hours) 

EMSE 6820 Program and Project Management: Problems in managing projects; project management as planning, organizing, directing and monitoring; project and corporate organizations; duties and responsibilities; the project plan; schedule, cost, earned-value and situation analysis; leadership; team building; conflict management; meetings, presentations and proposals. (3 credit hours)

SEAS 6411 Management and Compliance in Cloud Computing: Maintaining compliance in the cloud. Theory, methodology, and procedures related to cloud computing; proper audit procedures for discovering system vulnerabilities; documenting findings according to the standards of compliance-based auditing. Prerequisite: ECE 6132. (3 credit hours)

SEAS 6412 Cloud Migration Strategy: Migrating traditional IT services to a cloud-based environment. Technical and business considerations necessary to develop an effective cloud migration strategy for an organization. Decision analysis framework to prioritize migration applications. Prerequisite: ECE 6132. (3 credit hours)

SEAS 6413 Cloud and Big Data Management: Topics related to big data and cloud computing, including data centers, virtualization, hardware and software architecture, as well as system-level issues on performance, energy efficiency, reliability, scalability and security. (3 credit hours)


Academic Calendar

Our classes meet one night a week (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays) for nine weeks from 6:30 to 9:50 PM Eastern time.  Students enroll in four 9-week sessions.  There is also an optional fifth summer session (classes meet twice a week for five weeks).  Students may begin their studies in any of the five sessions.  Please see below for the dates of our upcoming sessions.

Session Dates Application Deadlines
Summer 2024 week of 5/20/24 – week of 6/17/24 5/1/2024
Fall 1 2024 week of 8/12/24 – week of 10/7/24 7/31/2024
Fall 2 2024 week of 10/14/24 – week of 12/9/24 9/30/2024
Spring 1 2025 week of 1/6/25 – week of 3/3/25 12/13/2024
Spring 2 2025 week of 3/10/25 – week of 5/5/25 2/20/2025

The course order is determined by advisors based on student progress toward completion of the curriculum.  Course details will be provided to students via email approximately one month prior to the start of classes.


Tuition is $1,200 per credit hour for the 2024-2025 academic year and is billed at the beginning of each semester for the courses registered during that semester. A non-refundable tuition deposit of $495 is required when the applicant accepts admission. This deposit is applied to tuition and due the first semester. Our online graduate degree programs in engineering require no additional fees. We provide eBooks and software at no additional cost.

Admissions Process

Review the Admissions Requirements 

Ideal candidates for the programs will meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum grade point average of B- (2.7 on a 4.0 scale) or higher.
    • Applicants with less than a 2.7 GPA may also apply. Upon a holistic review of application materials, a conditional acceptance may be given to applicants with less than a 2.7 GPA.
  • If you’re applying from outside the U.S., please see international student admissions information for additional requirements.

Note: GW considers a candidate’s entire background when reaching an admissions decision. Applicants who do not meet all the requirements may still be eligible for admission. Their records will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

Apply for Admission and Submit Supporting Documents

Complete application packets include:
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 There is no application fee for any online engineering programs. 

  • Resume or C.V.: Upload your up-to-date resume or C.V.
  • Statement of Purpose: In an essay of 250 words or less, describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plan. Also, discuss any other related qualifications not already mentioned, such as collegiate, professional, or community activities.
  • Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all institutions where a degree was earned. Transcripts should be sent to [email protected] (if sent electronically), or via mail to:
    Online Engineering Programs
    The George Washington University
    170 Newport Center Drive
    Suite 260
    Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two (2) letters of recommendation are required, 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.
  • GRE Scores: GRE scores are not required but if available, should be submitted to enhance your application.
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