FAQ

This FAQ page is for the Master of Science in electrical engineering, Master of Science in engineering management, and Master of Science in systems engineering programs.

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Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

This FAQ page is for the Master of Science in Engineering Management and Master of Science in Systems Engineering programs.

Q: I don’t meet the minimum mathematics requirement or have a degree in a related field. Can I still apply to the program?

Yes. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements can be admitted. GW considers an applicant’s entire background and all submitted materials before reaching an admission decision, evaluating all records on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants who don’t meet the necessary mathematics requirement can be required to enroll in a 13th course, EMSE 4197 Special Topics: Quantitative Methods in Engineering Management.

Ask an Admissions Counselor (at onlineemse@gwu.edu) any questions about your application to the online M.S. programs in engineering management or in systems engineering.

Q: What are the upcoming term start dates?

Visit the admissions page for the most recent start dates.

Students can begin the program of study during one of five sessions each year:

  • Early January to mid-March (Spring 1)
  • Mid-March to late May (Spring 2)
  • Mid-June to mid-July (Summer)*
  • Mid-August to mid-October (Fall 1)
  • Mid-October to late December (Fall 2)

*This is an accelerated, 5-week session.

A summer term is offered for those who must complete the mathematics prerequisite course.

Q: How many courses/credit hours are required to complete the Master of Science degree program?

Both M.S. programs require a minimum of 12 graduate-level courses, totaling 36 credit hours. There is no thesis in either program.

Q: How many courses can I complete at a time?

Typically, students take one course each session, completing four courses each academic year. Normally, the maximum number of courses students may take per session is two.

Q: Do courses need to be taken in a certain order?

The program advisors determine the order in which course(s) are taken.

Q: How much time should I expect to spend doing coursework each week?

Time spent on coursework outside the classroom will depend on the course and the student. As a general rule, students can expect to spend six hours per week outside of classroom time for each course.

Q: How quickly do students typically complete the programs?

Generally, students can fulfill requirements for either program in three years. Taking more than one course each session accelerates the process.

Q: Can I complete the program part-time?

Yes, students typically take one course (three credits) each session, but with the advisor’s approval they may take additional credit hours each session to complete the program faster.

Q: Will I need to log in at certain times of day? Or a certain number of times each week?

While synchronous class attendance is not strictly required, students are strongly encouraged to attend all live class sessions, which are held one evening per week from 6:30pm to 9:30pm Eastern Time. Students are required to log in at least once a week to participate in discussions. All classes are recorded and can be accessed throughout the semester by students who wish to review or to see a class they missed.

Q: Is there a minimum GPA requirement to complete the program?

Courses specified in your program of study must be completed with a minimum 3.0 GPA or higher to earn the degree.

Q: How quickly can I expect faculty members to reply to my questions?

Students can expect to receive responses from the faculty within one business day.

Q: What online learning platform do you use?

Classes are delivered by a live instructor through WebEx, a web conferencing software that allows faculty to lead interactive lectures and discussions during which students can ask questions and engage with their instructor and classmates in real time. All classes are recorded and students can access them throughout the semester to review or to see a class they missed. Each course has its own address on the Blackboard web-based course management system that keeps course documents and assignments organized and easily accessible. Course exams are administered on Blackboard and proctored through a secure testing platform. Visit the Student Blackboard FAQ’s page or contact an Admissions Counselor for more information.

Q: Who do I contact if I encounter a technical issue?

All GW students should start by browsing the GWiz knowledge base for help. If the answer to your question cannot be found there:

  • Direct questions about GW systems (GWID, Blackboard, email) to ithelp@gwu.edu, and/or submit a tech service request.
  • Direct questions about using the examination testing platform Remote Proctor Now to Software Secure at http://clientportal.softwaresecure.com.
  • Direct questions about class access (WebEx), Blackboard files (recordings), and exam access to the technician whose contact information is listed on the syllabus for each course.

Q: Do students ever need to come to campus?

No. The program can be completed entirely online. Students are welcome to attend graduation in person.

Q: What is your leave of absence policy?

Leaves of absence are permitted, but not recommended. They are approved only for unforeseen circumstances beyond a student’s control. Leaves of absence are limited to two 10-week sessions in the entire program.

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