Admission deadline: Fall – April 1 (February 1 for assistantship/fellowship consideration)
Standardized test scores: GRE is not required.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.
Minimum scores for the program are:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; or
- TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 53
Please note that students admitted to the program with a TOEFL score below 100 are required to take an English for Academic Purposes course (EAP) must be available to complete the course in the summer prior to enrollment.
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of no more than 750 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field at GW Corcoran in particular, including your academic objectives and career plans.
Portfolio: A portfolio of design work, consisting of a maximum of 20 images or time-based work.
Writing Sample: A 2-3 page writing sample.
Interview: An interview is required
International applicants only: Please flow this link - - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 215
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday

CIXD 6010Interaction Design for Service3
CIXD 6011Narrative Media Design for Interaction3
CIXD 6012Prototyping Interaction3
CIXD 6020Topics in Human Centered Design3
CIXD 6021Design Leadership and Professional Practices3
CIXD 6080Engagement Lab (Taken four times for a total of 12 credits)3-6
Completion of a written thesis.
CIXD 6998Interaction Design Thesis I3
CIXD 6999Interaction Design Thesis II3
Completion of a creative thesis project and exhibition.
9 credits in elective courses.
Total Credits24-27