Admission deadlines: Fall - January 15
Spring - September 1
Summer - March 1 (non-F1 visa seeking applicants)
Standardized test scores: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. (Institution code 5246). Average scores for our Fall 2014 incoming class were: 161 (Q), 148 (V), and 3 (W).
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:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; applicants requesting funding consideration must have an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0; or
- TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based; applicants requesting funding consideration must have 600 on paper-based; or 100 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 53; applicants requesting funding consideration must have 68.
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations required. If possible, one recommendation should be from your advisor at the institution from which you earned your highest degree.
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 academic records are in a language other than English, a copy in the original language and an English language translation must be uploaded. Transcript evaluations should not be uploaded. Applicants who have earned a degree from an Indian university are required to submit individual semester marksheets.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 to 500 words, 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.
Additional requirements: Applicant must possess a B.S. in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for the last 60 credits of undergraduate work. Students with a B.S. in another field may be admitted with a set of deficiency courses to be determined by the department.
All applicants must choose an area of focus that most closely matches their interests and note this on the online application. All applicants must submit a resumé or CV.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - https://graduate.admissions.gwu.edu/international-student-application-requirements - 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, and English language requirements.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the SEAS Frequently Asked Questions page.

Contact for questions:
engineering@gwu.edu - 202-994-1802 (phone) - 202-994-1651 (fax)
9:00 – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

30 credits are required for the degree. Non-thesis and thesis options are available. For the thesis option, 6 of these credits are taken in ECE 6998 and ECE 6999. For either option, the student must select one focus area from the chart below and complete the specified number of credits for that area.

Colloquium requirement: In addition to required coursework, students must attend five non-credit bearing colloquia as part of their program of study.  Each colloquium attended is verified by a faculty member also in attendance. After attending five colloquia, the student must submit to the department prior to applying for graduation a colloquium attendance form signed by the faculty advisor.

Computer architecture and high-performance computing
Required
ECE 6005Computer Architecture and Design
At least five courses selected from the following:
ECE 6105Introduction to High-Performance Computing
ECE 6120Advanced Microarchitecture
ECE 6125Parallel Computer Architecture
ECE 6130Big Data and Cloud Computing
ECE 6140Embedded Systems
ECE 6150Design of Interconnection Networks for Parallel Computer Architectures
ECE 6160Secure Computer Architecture
ECE 8150Advanced Topics in Computer Architecture
For thesis option
ECE 6998Thesis Research I
ECE 6999Thesis Research II
Electives*
Non-thesis option—12 credits in elective courses; thesis option—6 credits in elective courses. For either option, at least 3 credits must come from outside of the area of focus list.
MEMS, electronics, and photonics focus area
Required
ECE 6030Device Electronics
Four courses selected from the following:
ECE 6210Machine Intelligence
ECE 6213Design of VLSI Circuits
ECE 6214High-Level VLSI Design Methodology
ECE 6215Introduction to MEMS
ECE 6216RF/VLSI Circuit Design
ECE 6218Advanced Analog VLSI Circuit Design
ECE 6221Introduction to Physical Electronics
ECE 6240VLSI Design and Simulation
ECE 6245Microfabrication and Nanofabrication Technology
ECE 6250ASIC Design and Testing of VLSI Circuits
ECE 6255Sensors, Networks, and Applications
ECE 6260Introduction to Nanoelectronics
ECE 6761Light and Information
ECE 6765Photonics and Fiber Optics
For thesis option
ECE 6998Thesis Research I
ECE 6999Thesis Research II
Electives*
Non-thesis option—15 credits in elective courses; thesis option—9 credits in elective courses. For either option, at least 3 credits must come from outside of the area of focus list.

*Normally, no more than two courses taken outside the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering may be counted toward the requirements for the degree. Courses taken outside the department must have prior approval from the student’s faculty advisor. In addition, no more than three 3000- or 4000-level ECE courses that have been approved for graduate credit may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.

Educational Planner

In consultation with an academic advisor, each student must develop an Educational Planner through DegreeMAP that governs the student’s plan of study. The Educational Planner should be established soon after matriculation and must be completed before the end of the student’s first semester. The Educational Planner must be approved by the advisor.

Visit the program website for additional information.