Admission deadlines: Fall - July 15
Spring - November 15
Summer - March 15
The application and all supporting documentation (fees, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, transcripts) must be received by the deadline in order for the application to be reviewed.
Standardized Test Scores: not required
Recommendation(s) required: One letter of recommendation. Recommendation should be from an academic instructor who can strongly attest to your academic ability and/or someone who has served in a supervisory capacity for you and can strongly attest to your work ethic. Recommendations from family and friends are not accepted.
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. Transcripts must be forwarded in their original sealed envelopes. Official transcript may also be sent electronically directly from the institution.
Statement of purpose: Please include a 250–500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at the George Washington University (GW) and your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.
GPA and Credit Requirements: 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Students may transfer in up to 60 college credit hours from another institution, which are applied toward the general education and advanced standing requirements. Students with a minimum of 45 transfer credits may be considered for review but will be required to complete additional general education credit hours to meet the 120 credit requirement for the degree.
The minimum acceptable grade is C for coursework to be applied toward an undergraduate degree (grades of C- and below do not transfer to GW SMHS programs).
Prerequisites Prerequisite courses that must be completed prior to admission: 6 credits in English composition; 3 credits in college mathematics (college algebra, statistics, or above); 3 to 4 credits in natural or physical science with a lab; 6 credits in social sciences; and 3 credits in humanities.
International Students: This program can be completed fully online. The program is not visa eligible.
Official transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grades, U.S. degree equivalency, grade-point averages (GPA), and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here (
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) Academics, or the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration: TOEFL: 100 on internet-based exam; GW’s school code for the TOEFL is 5246 PTE: overall score of 68 IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0
International applicants who meet the following conditions may be considered for admission without submitting TOEFL, PTE or IELTS or scores: They are a citizen of countries where English is the official language (as identified by GW ISO list of Exempt countries) OR; They hold at least a bachelor degree from a country where English is the official language as well as language of instruction OR; They hold at least a bachelor degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Health Sciences Programs
The George Washington University
2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 2000
Washington, DC 20006

For questions contact:
9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 120 credits of required and elective courses; at least 60 of these credits must be taken at GW. General education coursework must be completed prior to matriculation in the program.

General education requirements
3 credits in critical thinking in the humanities
6 credits (2 courses) in critical thinking in the social sciences
6 credits English composition
3 credits in quantitative reasoning (college algebra, statistics, or higher)
3 credits in scientific reasoning (must be in natural or physical laboratory sciences with lab)
Advanced standing
Up to 39 additional credits in prior academic coursework is evaluated for transferability. Academic credit also may be awarded for ACE-recognized military courses and other non-traditional learning, as appropriate. *
60 credits in core courses for the major, which must be taken at GW
EHS 2109Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism
EHS 2160Disaster Response Planning and Management
EHS 2211Introduction to Telemedicine
EHS 3101Leadership Concepts
EHS 3103Technology in Critical Incident Response
EHS 3107Financial Management for the Disaster Cycle
EHS 4101Humanitarian Relief Operations
EHS 4103Advanced Topics in Leadership
EHS 4105Operations Management in Asymmetric Conditions
EHS 4160Project Management and Leadership Capstone
HSCI 2105Current Issues in Bioethics
HSCI 2110Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Concepts
HSCI 2112WWriting in the Health Sciences
HSCI 2117Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences
HSCI 4102Human Physiology in Extreme Environments
HSCI 4106Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Sciences
HSCI 4112WResearch and Writing in Health Sciences
HSCI 4114Healthcare in Developing Nations
Two courses selected from the following with the advisor's approval:
EHS 2161Principles of Hazardous Materials and CBRNE Incident Management
EHS 3105Integrated Response to High Impact Violent Incidents
EHS 4198Administrative Internship (taken for 3 credits)
HSCI 2102Pathophysiology
HSCI 3114Management of Health Science Services
HSCI 4105Case Studies in Healthcare

*Additional academic coursework. Non-traditional credit sources may be considered on a case-by-case basis (i.e., military coursework, credit-by-exam, and non-college based health programs).

Transferring credits

Students should contact the program office for an assessment of the transferability of previous coursework. Coursework is evaluated for transfer based on whether the following criteria are met:

  • College-level
  • Academic in nature
  • Completed at a regionally accredited institution
  • Earned with a minimum grade of C. Grades of C- do not transfer.