Please note: The admission requirements below are for the on-campus program. Admission requirements for the online program are available at the online programs website.

Admission deadlines: Fall – January 15
Spring – September 1
Summer - March 1 (non-F1 visa seeking applicants)
Standardized test scores: The GRE General Test is optional for all applicants. For applicants who want to submit scores, they must be submitted officially from ETS using the institutional 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:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.5; or
- TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 68.
Recommendations required: Two 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: Bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of coursework. A grade of B- or better in MATH 1232 or its equivalent is prerequisite to all graduate programs offered by the Department. The Department requires that the applicant have a suitable bachelor's degree in an area such as engineering, a physical science, or mathematics.
All applicants must submit a resumé or CV. All main campus applicants must choose an area of focus that most closely matches their interests and note this on the online application.
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.

For additional information about the admissions process visit the SEAS Admissions Frequently Asked Questions page.

Contact for questions:
202-994-1802 (phone)
202-994-1651 (fax)

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

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 36 credits, including 12 credits in required core courses and completion of a single focus area, each consisting of 12 credits in required courses and 12 credits in elective courses.

Core courses
EMSE 6001The Management of Technical Organizations
EMSE 6410Survey of Finance and Engineering Economics
EMSE 6820Program and Project Management
EMSE 6099Problems in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Completion of one focus area selected from the following:
Crisis, emergency, and risk management focus area
EMSE 6305Crisis and Emergency Management
EMSE 6310Information Technology in Crisis and Emergency Management
EMSE 6315Risk Management, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Decision Making
EMSE 6325Medical and Public Health Emergency Management
Four courses (12 credits) selected in consultation with the focus area advisor.
Economics, finance, and cost engineering focus area
EMSE 6020Decision Making with Uncertainty
EMSE 6420Uncertainty Analysis in Cost Engineering
EMSE 6430Financial Management for Engineers
EMSE 6450Quantitative Methods in Investment Engineering
Four courses (12 credits) selected in consultation with the focus area advisor.
Engineering and technology management focus area
EMSE 6005Organizational Behavior for the Engineering Manager
EMSE 6020Decision Making with Uncertainty
EMSE 6035Marketing Analytics for Design Decisions
EMSE 6801Systems Engineering I
Four courses (12 credits) selected in consultation with the focus area advisor.
Environmental and energy management focus area
EMSE 6220Environmental Management
EMSE 6245Analytical Tools for Environmental Management
EMSE 6260Energy Management
EMSE 6285Analytical Tools for Energy Management
Four courses (12 credits) selected in consultation with the focus area advisor.

Graduation and scholarship requirements

Students are responsible for knowing the University’s minimum GPA requirement for graduation and scholarships. See Graduation and Scholarship Requirements in this Bulletin. Students should contact the department for additional information and requirements.

Program restrictions

Normally, only courses at the 6000 level courses or above count toward the requirements for the graduate degree.