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.

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.

42 credits hours: including 33 credits of required and capstone courses and 9 credits of elective courses.

CIXD 6005Systems Thinking and Human Centered Design
CIXD 6011Narrative Media Design for Interaction
CIXD 6012Prototyping Interaction
CIXD 6014Creative Code
CIXD 6015User Interface and User Experience in the Twenty-First Century
CIXD 6021Design Leadership and Professional Practices
CIXD 6025Design Futures
CIXD 6080Engagement Lab (Taken twice for a total of 6 credits)
Completion of a capstone project and exhibition.
CIXD 6210Interaction Design Capstone I
CIXD 6220Interaction Design Capstone II
9 credits in elective courses.