Program Start Dates

M.S in Engineering Management

  • The next start is the week of October 19, 2020

M.S. in Systems Engineering

  • The next start is the week of October 19, 2020

M.S. in Electrical Engineering

  • The next start is the week of October 19, 2020

Students enroll in four standard 9-week sessions each year. Students may begin their studies during any of the four sessions offered each year:

Session Dates
Spring 1 January – March
Spring 2 March – May
Fall 1 August – October
Fall 2 October – December

There is an optional five-week accelerated session each Summer from June – July.

Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 session dates are as follows:

Session Dates
Fall 1 week of 8/18/20 – week of 10/12/20
Fall 2 week of 10/19/20 – week of 12/15/20
Spring 1 week of 1/11/21 – week of 3/8/21
Spring 2 week of 3/15/21 – week of 5/10/21

Students typically take one course per 9-week session. Subject to course availability, students may choose to double-up in any of the standard 9-week sessions.

The course order is determined by advisors based on what a student has taken and what is available in the session. Course details will be provided to students via email approximately one month prior to the start of classes.

While we work to maintain the dates as published, they are subject to change each semester until students receive an official registration notice from our office.

For our annual academic calendar and application deadline information, please contact an Admissions Counselor at onlineeng@gwu.edu.


Application Requirements

M.S in Engineering Management & M.S. in Systems Engineering

Ideal candidates for the programs will meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum grade point average of B- (2.7 on a 4.0 scale) or higher (Applicants with less than a 2.7 GPA are welcome to apply and may be accepted conditionally based on a holistic review of application materials.)
  • Grade of C or better in two college calculus courses — this is a prerequisite to all graduate programs in the SEAS Department. Engineering management and systems engineering applicants who do not meet this requirement in full but are otherwise qualified may be conditionally admitted and required to take an additional 3-credit hour course, EMSE 4197 — Special Topics: Quantitative Methods in Engineering Management, during the first year of graduate study
  • Received a bachelor’s degree in engineering, a physical science, mathematics, computer science, business administration, or information technology from a regionally accredited institution

M.S. in Electrical Engineering

Ideal candidates for the M.S. in electrical engineering program will meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum grade point average of B- (2.7 on a 4.0 scale) or higher (Applicants with less than a 2.7 GPA are welcome to apply and may be accepted conditionally based on a holistic review of application materials.)
  • Received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or closely related field from a regionally accredited institution

Note: GW considers a candidate’s entire background and all submitted materials when reaching an admission decision. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may still be eligible for admission and their records will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact an Admissions Counselor for more information.

While we work to maintain the dates as published, they are subject to change each semester until students receive an official registration notice from our office.

Engineering management and systems engineering applicants without the requisite mathematics experience may be required to enroll in the Department’s prerequisite course, EMSE 4197 Special Topics: Quantitative Methods in Engineering Management, during the first summer session after they are admitted. For more information, please contact an Admissions Counselor.


Application Materials

To speed our review of your application for admission, order your official transcripts and prepare all other materials to submit at the same time as your application. Prior to the application deadline, all supplemental application materials must be received by the admissions office. After that time, the file will be rejected as incomplete.

Complete application packets include:

  • Completed Application: There is no application fee for these programs. When completing the application form, you will also need to upload your resume and statement of purpose.
    • Up-To-Date Resume or C.V.: This can be submitted to onlineeng@gwu.edu.
    • 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.
  • Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all institutions attended to complete the application packet.* More information on transcript requirements can be found on our website’s transcript policy page.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required for admission and at least one letter must come from a professional reference. Please download the letter of recommendation form, fill out the top portion, and email the form to the individual providing the recommendation. A letter of recommendation is only considered official when it is sent directly from the individual providing the recommendation to an Admissions Counselor via email at onlineeng@gwu.edu or via fax at (888) 245-5409. Submissions sent directly from applicants are not accepted.
  • GRE Scores: GRE scores are recommended.

If you’re applying from outside the U.S., please see international student admissions information and additional requirements.

Click here to learn about the application process for our on-site Master of Science degree programs.


Transfer Credit

Academic credit earned at another institution will not be transferred into any online graduate program offered through the SEAS Online Programs Office.