Application Process

Congratulations on deciding to apply to a graduate program at the George Washington University. We’re confident that your experiences here will positively impact your career and help you take the next step. Through our varied schools, colleges and programs you will find different application requirements, in terms of materials, deadlines and steps to apply. This general overview of the application process can help you prepare for what is to come.

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Select Your Program of Interest

The most important step in the process is to choose a program that is right for you. Use our Graduate Program Finder to sort through the variety that we offer. Whether you want to study art history, electrical engineering, international affairs, law, medicine, speech language pathology or something else, we have the programs that will help you meet your goals.

Review the Specifics on How to Apply

Each program we offer has specific admissions criteria, requirements and deadlines. When you select your program, locate this information and carefully review it to ensure that everything is done properly when you submit your application.

Assemble Your Supporting Documents

The specific documents you are required to submit depend on the program you are applying to but you can review a general list of application requirements. The number of recommendations or topic for your statement of purpose for example, may vary program to program. Once you find and understand what your program requires, collect what is applicable to make the application process a little easier.

All programs do require you to submit your unofficial transcripts to your application. These must be attached to your online account before your submit your application. Once you do submit, you can no longer upload documents to your account.

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and answer “yes” on the application to the question on if you are planning to apply for a Federal Stafford Loan, Perkins Loan, or work-study position, you must separately complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and have the results sent to GW. Our code is 001444. To be considered for Federal loans, you must also provide your Social Security number on the application for admission.

Submit Your Completed Application

Once you’ve completed the application and uploaded all supporting documentation, submit your application through the Graduate Application Center. International applicants should also upload their visa request form and supporting financial certification.  

When you submit, you also have to pay the non-refundable $80 application fee either online (credit cards are accepted), by check or by money order. If you pay by check or money order, include your name. Cash is not acceptable.

Some applicants may have their fee waived:

International applicants must pay the fee in U.S. dollars by credit card (online only), international money order or check. Cash, international postal money orders or Eurochecks are not accepted.

Review Your Admission Status

You can check the status of your application at any time through the Graduate Application Center. Most of our programs use a rolling admissions process and evaluate applications as soon as they are complete. Applications to the Elliott School of International Affairs and to some programs in other schools are reviewed collectively after the admission deadline. Processing applications usually takes four to six weeks.

Offers of admission are valid for the semester stated in the admission letter. Anyone wishing to postpone enrolling in graduate school must notify the appropriate admissions office, in writing, of this intent. The policies regarding deferment of attendance vary by school.