Program Start Dates

The next start date is the week of June 18, 2018.

The deadline for submitting your application to be eligible for this start date is May 31, 2018.

There are 5 opportunities to begin the program each year. For our annual academic calendar and application deadline information, please contact an Admissions Counselor at

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.

Each term is 10 weeks long, and the summer term is 5 weeks long. 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.

Admissions Materials

To apply, please submit these materials:

    • 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.
    • *Admissions decisions can be made based on unofficial transcripts on a case-by-case basis.

    • 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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