Application Process

The first step in your graduate student journey is applying to graduate school. Admission to the college is selective. Prospective students must have demonstrated academic excellence and hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. We are here to help you with application tips and best practices as well as answers to FAQs regarding the application process.

 

step one:
Review application requirements

Step One: Review application requirement

 

Each Columbian College graduate program has its own set of application requirements. Application deadlines for graduate programs also vary.

Depending on the program, you may be asked to submit test scores, a portfolio, varying numbers of recommendation letters and other materials. Carefully review the application requirements and deadlines for your program by visiting the program page in the GW Graduate Program Finder.
 

GW Graduate Program Finder

Application Requirements

 

step two:
Create an application account

Step Two: Create an application account

 

Once you've reviewed the requirements and deadlines for your desired program, you can create an account through the GW application portal. You can apply for multiple programs under the one account. Any outstanding documentation and the status of your application can be viewed through the portal.

Your application will only be considered for admission once it is complete. Your application must be submitted and complete before the end of day of the application deadline.  Your application decision can be viewed through your account.

 

Application Portal

step three:
Upload supporting materials

Step Three: Upload supporting material

 

You can upload all of your required materials to your online application through the portal. This includes your academic transcripts.

If your program requires the GRE, or if you are required to submit an English Proficiency Test, ensure you allow approximately 2 weeks for GW to receive your scores.  We must receive your scores directly from ETS/IELTS before the application deadline.

Do not wait for your GRE/English scores before submitting your application.  We will match your scores to your application once we have received them.

Application Portal

 

step four:
Send your recommendation invitation(s)

Step Four: Send your recommendation invitations

 

Once you enter your recommender's information, the online application will automatically send an email requesting the recommendation(s). It will be helpful to have your references in place and their current contact information handy. Please allow your recommenders sufficient time to complete and submit their recommendations before the application deadline.

You may also send reminder emails to your recommenders after you have submitted your application. However, you will not be able to add new recommenders after you submit.

 

Application Portal

step five:
Submit your application

Step Five: Submit your application

 

You must submit your application through our online application center. For details regarding the supporting documents required for your program, visit your program's page on the GW Graduate Program Finder. Depending on the program, these documents may also include a writing sample or portfolio in addition to your resume, transcript(s) and statement of purpose.

You may submit your application before your test scores and recommendations are received. You may not make changes to your application once it is submitted. 

 

Application Portal

step six:
Check application status updates and important information

Step Six: Check your application status

 

You may log on to your online application at any time to view its current status. Once you submit your application, please allow one to two business days for your application to be reviewed and updated. Your application will be updated as we receive your official test scores and recommendations. You will be notified by email when your application is sent to the department for review and once a decision is made.

Your application will only be considered for admission once it is complete. Your application must be submitted and complete before the end of the day of the application deadline.

 

Check Admission Status

 

 

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