Program Start Dates

M.S. in Engineering Management

  • The next program start date is the week of October 18, 2021

M.S. in Systems Engineering

  • The next program start date is the week of October 18, 2021

M.S. in Electrical Engineering

  • The next program start date is the week of October 18, 2021

Students enroll in four 9-week sessions as well as an optional 5th summer session. Students may begin their studies during any of the sessions.

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 May – June.

Below are the start and end dates for the next academic year.

Session Dates
Summer 2021 week of 5/31/21 – week of 6/28/21
Fall 1 2021 week of 8/16/21 – week of 10/11/21
Fall 2 2021 week of 10/18/21 – week of 12/31/21
Spring 1 2022 week of 1/10/22 – week of 3/7/22
Spring 2 2022 week of 3/14/22 – week of 5/9/22

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.

For additional information and application deadlines, please contact an admissions counselor at onlineeng@gwu.edu.


Application Requirements

Master of Science in Engineering Management and Master of Science in Systems Engineering

Ideal candidates for the programs will meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering, a physical science, mathematics, computer science, business administration, or information technology 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 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 — 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

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Ideal candidates for the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program will meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or closely related field 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 are welcome to apply and may be accepted conditionally based on a holistic review of application materials.)

Note: GW considers a candidate’s entire background 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.


Application Materials

To expedite our review of your application for admission, please order your official transcripts and prepare all other materials to submit at the same time as your application. All supporting material must be submitted no later than 45 days from the date of application or the application deadline for the semester for which you are applying.

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.
    • 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 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 two letters 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 not required but if available, should be submitted to enhance your application.

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


Transfer Credit

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