Admission deadlines: Fall - February 1: Priority consideration for admission and funding; April 1: Guaranteed review for admission and consideration for funding, if available. (Applications for admission will continue to be accepted after April 1, when space remains available in the program.)
Spring - October 1
Prerequisite requirements: Two semesters of general chemistry, two semesters of organic chemistry, one semester of inorganic chemistry, and one semester of quantitative and/or instrumental analysis.
Standardized tests: GRE general test recommended, but not required. (ETS institution code 5246)
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: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 53
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations required.
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. If you are applying for an assistantship or fellowship, you should also describe any teaching experience you have had.
Additional requirement: A writing sample is required. The writing sample should be a science-related original work, of which you are the sole or primary author. The sample should be one to five pages in length and may be an excerpt from a longer document.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - - 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.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Graduate Studies
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

For additional information about the admissions process visit the Columbian College  of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

202-994-6210 (phone)

Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

30 credits, including 18 credits in required courses and 12 credits in elective courses.

 Note: ACS placement examinations are administered at the start of the program of study to ensure competency in key areas of chemistry.

CHEM 6280Energy and the Environment
CHEM 6281Environmental Chemistry: Air, Water, and Soil
CHEM 6282Green Industrial Chemistry
CHEM 6283Chemical Toxicology and Rational Design of Safer Chemicals
CHEM 6284Environmental Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 6298Capstone Seminar in Environmental and Green Chemistry
or PPPA 6198 Environmental Resource Policy Capstone
12 credits in elective courses selected from the following*:
CHEM 6238Chemistry of Inorganic Materials
CHEM 6251Advanced Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 6257Physical-Organic Chemistry
CHEM 6278Molecular Spectroscopy
CHEM 6320Selected Topics in Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 6350Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry
ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
EMSE 6200Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management
ENRP 6101Environmental Sciences I: Physical Sciences
ENRP 6102Environmental Sciences II: Life Sciences
IAFF 6141International Science and Technology Policy Cornerstone
IAFF 6142Technology Creation/Diffusion
IAFF 6151Environmental Policy
IAFF 6153Science, Technology, and National Security
IAFF 6158Special Topics in International Science and Technology Policy **
PPPA 6066U.S. Environmental Policy
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6126Assessment and Control of Environmental Hazards
SMPP 6290Special Topics **
STAT 6202Mathematical Statistics II

*Alternate elective courses may be selected subject to the program director's approval.

**Approved topics only. Consult the Schedule of Classes for current semester offerings. Permission of the advisor must be received prior to enrollment.