Admission deadlines: Fall – July 1 (April 1 for international applicants who require a F-1 or J-1 visa)
Spring - November 1 (October 1 for international applicants who require a F-1 or J-1 visa)
Standardized Test Scores: 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 Certificate 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
Students who are amitted with the requirement to take an English for Academic Purposes course must be available to take this course in the summer preceding enrollment in the program.
Recommendations required: One (1) recommendation
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 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - https://columbian.gwu.edu/international-graduate-applicants - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW.

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:
askccas@gwu.edu ~ 202-994-6210 (phone) ~ 202-994-6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 18 credits, including 15 credits in required courses and one 3-credit elective course.

Required
FORS 6207Photography in the Forensic Sciences
FORS 6215Science of Fingerprints
FORS 6251Crime Scene Investigation I
FORS 6252Crime Scene Investigation II
FORS 6257Medicolegal Death Investigation
Elective
One of the following:
FORS 6203Examination of Questioned Documents
FORS 6204Firearms and Toolmark Identification
FORS 6254Forensic Psychiatry
FORS 6255Investigation of Child Abuse
Alternate courses can be selected with approval of advisor.