Program Start Dates

The next start date is the week of October 15, 2018.
The deadline for submitting your application to be eligible for this start date is September 28, 2018.

Students enroll in four standard 10-week sessions each year. Students may begin their studies during any of the five sessions offered each year:

  • 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 2018 – Spring 2019 session dates are as follows:

  • Fall 1: August 6, 2018 – October 11, 2018
  • Fall 2: October 15, 2018 – December 20, 2018
  • Spring 1: January 7, 2019 – March 14, 2019
  • Spring 2: March 25, 2019 – May 30, 2019

Students typically take one course per 10-week session. Subject to course availability, students may choose to double-up in any of the standard 10-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

Application Requirements

Ideal candidates for the programs will meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher
  • Grade of B- or better in two college calculus courses — this is a prerequisite to all graduate programs in the EMSE Department. 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

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.

Those 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 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.

Complete application packets include:

  • Completed Application
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 or via fax at 888-245-5409. Submissions sent directly from applicants are not accepted.
  • Up-to-date Resume or C.V.: This can be submitted to

Note: GRE and GMAT scores are not required to complete the application packet, but can be submitted to strengthen the application.
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

Beginning in October 2017, academic credit earned at another institution will not be transferred into any off-campus or online master’s program offered through the EMSE Online and Off-Campus Programs Office.

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