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Frequently Asked Questions
I am interested in enrolling in an off-campus program, who should I contact?
Please visit the Graduate Programs Near You page for information.
I am interested in taking courses non-degree, who should I contact?
Please visit the Office of University Students page for information.
I thought that SEAS offered a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.). Why is that degree not listed on the application?
As of Spring 2009, we began offering a Ph.D. at the doctoral level. We will no longer offer a D.Sc.
How much does it cost to attend GW?
For the most recent information on tuition and fees.
How do I apply for financial aid?
Applicants may request consideration for financial aid in the form of an assistantship or fellowship when they complete the application for admission (see the Financial Aid section of the online application). Please note that M.S applicants who ask for consideration must submit three letters of recommendation.
There are several forms of financial aid and most graduate students do not receive aid from a single source. Click on the Funding Your Education link on the navigation bar for information on various forms of financial aid.
If I have requested consideration for an assistantship or fellowship, how will I found out of one is offered to me?
Assistantships and fellowship awards are granted at the department-level. Awards are generally made around the time that admissions decisions are made, but award announcements may be announced later. Please contact your department's ADPC after you have been offered admissions to discuss assistantship or fellowship awards.
What are my chances of receiving financial aid?
Decisions to award assistantships and fellowships are made at the departmental-level by a faculty-review committee. The staff in the Office of Graduate Admissions (who answer e-mail messages and phone calls) do not determine financial aid criteria and are not involved in financial aid decisions. Your chances of receiving financial aid cannot be determined prior to the faculty review of your completed application package.
If you wish to be considered for a fellowship or scholarship, your must submit your application by the fellowship/scholarship deadline (January 1 for the Fall term, and September 1 for the Spring term).
Keep in mind that there are several forms of financial aid and most graduate students do not receive aid from a single source. Click on the Funding Your Education link on the navigation bar for information on various forms of financial aid.
I have not graduated yet; which transcripts should I send?
Send your most recent transcripts and keep in mind that if you are admitted, you will be required to furnish updated transcripts showing your degree conferred. Applicants from Indian universities should provide marks sheets up to the most recent semester.
I have been advised to send an admissions packet with copies of work certificates, awards, etc. How should I send this?
Please do not send us this extra documentation. Instead, use your resume to highlight work experience and awards received.
If you authored or co-authored an article, please feel free to send that to us as a PDF attachment to email@example.com at the time you submit your application. Be sure to include your full name and applicant ID in the body of the email.
Which supporting documents can be submitted online?
All applicants should submit their Statement of Purpose, resume or CV, and unofficial transcripts online. When required, Letters of Recommendation should be requested and submitted online as well. Applicants should avoid sending transcripts of letters of recommendation.
What is an Area of Focus?
Applicants to degree programs must select an Area of Focus that best matches their own academic and professional goals. Applicants must choose from a variety of Areas of Focus.
How much is the application fee and why am I being charged?
The current application fee is $75.00. This fee covers the administrative cost of processing your application.
How do I pay the application fee?
The application fee can be paid by credit card when you submit the online application. You may also choose to pay your application fee by check. If you pay your application fee by check, please note that your application will not be considered complete, and therefore will not be processed, until the fee is received.
Application fees are waived for current GW students and GW alumni. Members of the US Armed Forces, McNair Scholars, and others who are under contract fee waivers should send their supporting documentation electronically (scanned copies) to us at firstname.lastname@example.org whenever possible.
Is it possible to defer payment of the application fee until after I am admitted?
The application fee is required in order for us to process your application and therefore cannot be deferred.
How do I request a receipt for the application fee?
Please login back to your online application in the ApplyYourself system and click on APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION. Once on that page, a submitted application receipt button should appear on the right side of your screen under a section "DETAILS".
I am an international student and I need a student visa to study in the United States, are there any special requirements for me?
Please follow the guidelines for admission on the programs pages, paying special attention to English language requirements.
See Step Seven above for details on submitting transcripts.
Review this page carefully to understand all supporting documents required for issuance of an I-20 or DS-2019.
I am an international student but I speak English fluently, do I really have to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score?
To be considered for admission, applicants must submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants exempt from this requirement must hold a post-secondary (bachelor's or master's) degree from a college or university in the United States or one of these countries.
Applicants from the American University in Cairo, the American University in Beirut,and Bogazici University in Istanbul are also exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement. If you have a question about your specific university, please let us know.
I am a US citizen or resident but I completed my education outside of the country, do I still need to provide TOEFL or IELTS scores?
If you did not receive a degree from a university in one of the countries on this list, you must submit current, passing TOEFL or IELTS scores.
What is the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score accepted?
Minimum scores for admission consideration are:
Admitted students who are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS are also required to take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course at GW. Those who have a TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based, 250 on the computer-based, or 100 on the Internet-based test, or who have an overall band score of 7.0 on the academic IELTS, with no individual band score below 6.0, are exempt from taking the placement test.
Depending on the EAP test results, students may be restricted to the number of courses that can be taken in addition to EAP courses. Students assigned to EAP courses should anticipate additional tuition expenses as well as a possible extended period of time required to complete their degree programs.
TOEFL and IELTS scores may not be more than two years old.
What ETS codes should I use to ensure my test scores reach SEAS Office of Graduate Admissions?
IELTS: none needed
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; applicants to Engineering Management or Systems Engineering programs must have an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0
- TOEFL: 550 on paper-based; 213 on computer-based; or 80 on Internet-based; applicants to Engineering Management or Systems Engineering programs must have: 600 on paper-based; 250 on computer-based; or 100 on Internet-based
The program that I applied for doesn't require letters of recommendation but the SEAS Office of Graduate Admissions sent me an email, asking me to provide these documents. Why am I receiving this email?
Chances are, while completing your application, you checked off a box that asked if you would like to be considered for assistantships or fellowships. Applicants applying for assistantships or fellowships are required to provide this extra documentation. If you inadvertently checked this box off, please let the SEAS Office of Graduate Admissions know that you do not wish to be considered for assistantships or fellowships by emailing email@example.com.
What are my chances of being admitted?
Admissions decisions are made at the department-level by members of our faculty. The staff in the Office of Graduate Admissions (who answer e-mail messages and phone calls) do not determine admissions criteria and are not involved in admissions decisions. Your chances of being admitted cannot be determined prior to the faculty members reviewing your completed application package.
Note: Faculty likewise cannot comment on an applicant's chances. For this reason, we ask that you do not contact faculty directly regarding your admission status.
May I defer admission for a year or two?
If admitted, you request to defer your admission for up to one year. You may make this request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not attend after one year, you may be required to reapply for admission.
My admissions letter is available online for me to print out, but I am concerned that this electronic letter will not be suitable for my visa interview.
The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has been reassured by the Department of State that electronic admission letters are acceptable documentation for visa interviews.
I am an incoming student who has questions about my immunization records. Who should I contact?
Please contact Student Health Services at email@example.com.
Do I have to pay an application fee?
No. As a GW student, your application fee will be waived after you submit your application.