Application Requirements

The minimum requirements for all Columbian College graduate programs include the application form, transcript, resume, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation and application fee. Some programs may require additional materials including GREs. Check the GW Graduate Program Finder for detailed information regarding your program of interest.

 

 Application Form

All programs require an online application form that can be completed through the GW Graduate Application Center. One exception is our MA in Speech-Language Pathology program that has an additional requirement (see below).  To start an application you will need to create an account. You will need to submit a separate application for each program you are applying for but you will be able to view all applications under the one account. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make any adjustments.

MA in Speech-Language Pathology

All applicants must submit an application through the CSDCAS common application as well as the GW application portal.  Applications will not be reviewed until both applications are submitted.

 Transcripts

A transcript is required from each college and university attended, regardless of whether or not a degree program was completed. Transcripts should be uploaded to the "Education" section of the online application. At the apply stage you do not need to send us official copies of your transcript, your application will be reviewed for admission on the basis of the unofficial copies but you uploaded transcript must meet the following requirements:

  • Be legible and complete. Please ensure that the transcript is readable.
  • Include the course names. The course codes alone are insufficient.
  • Include your name, institution and program of study. Transcripts are required from all post-secondary institutions attended, even if no degree was awarded.
  • Not be a Degree Audit.
  • Be from the institution. Self-written copies are not accepted.
  • Be in English. If your transcripts are in a language other than English, a certified English language translation must be provided. The English translation alone can be uploaded into the online application.
  • Not be encrypted or password protected.

Official copies of your transcripts will be required only if you are offered admission.

Official vs. Unofficial Transcripts

Official Transcript: An official transcript is a transcript that is sent directly to GW from your institution in a sealed envelope or online through a secure system such as e-script. Alternatively, you may have an official transcript sent to yourself and then forward it, unopened, on to the Columbian College Office of Graduate Studies. This is acceptable only if the original envelope the transcript was sent in has not been opened. A transcript that has been opened cannot be considered an official copy. For foreign institutions that only issue one official transcript, we will accept “attested” or “certified” copies as official copies.

Unofficial Transcript: An unofficial transcript is a transcript that has been in the hands of the student, such as an online printout of your academic history or a printed transcript that has been opened. Typically, online copies are considered unofficial. We accept web copies of your transcript, but it must display your program, order your courses by semester (not by title or grade etc.) and show your grades and GPA.

Tips for Scanning and Uploading Transcripts

  • We prefer that you scan a copy of your official transcript and upload the scanned copy to your application. While you may upload a web-based copy of your transcript, please ensure that both your name and the name of the institution appear on the copy.
  • Transcripts should be scanned at the lowest resolution that produces a legible copy. We recommend using under 200 dpi.
  • Color copies are not necessary. Scanning in black and white or grayscale is strongly recommended.
  • In your upload, please include one copy of the transcript legend or grading scale for each university. This usually appears on the back of each transcript page.
  • Please do not upload certified, encrypted or password-protected files.
  • Your scanned copy must be printable on letter size (8-½” by 11”) or A4 paper.
  • Once you have uploaded your transcript, click the "View Document" button and ensure that your document is legible. Illegible documents are not acceptable and will delay the processing of your application.

Please note that all official credentials, such as transcripts, marksheets and degree certificates become property of the George Washington University once they have been submitted and will not be returned to the student or the issuing institution. Failure to complete any of these will result in a hold being placed on your account, which will prevent you from registering for courses, paying your tuition bill, etc. 

International Transcripts

If you studied internationally, you may need to provide supplemental documentation with your transcript.  However an English translated copy of your transcript is sufficient at the time of application.  If you are admitted we may request additional document such as a Diplom Supplements or Degree Certificates.  Visit our International Transcript Requirements page for more information.

 GRE Test

Many doctoral programs and master's degree programs require a current general GRE test score. Some of our departments will waive the GRE requirement for students with a prior, earned JD, MD or PhD. If you hold one of these degrees, please check the  GW Graduate Program Finder to see if your program waives this requirement.

Your GRE must not be more than five years old from the time you apply. You must send your GRE scores to George Washington University (GRE school code 5246) through the Educational Testing Service (ETS). We must receive them before your application deadline. ETS needs approximately 10 days to send out your scores, so you must request that they be sent to GW at least two weeks before your deadline.

Some programs recommend the GRE subject test. These are: English, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

More information on the GRE test is available on the ETS website.

 English Language Proficiency Test

Graduate applicants who have not completed a post-secondary degree from a US institution are required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) or PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic) scores. Applicants applying to graduate programs may have their English Language Proficiency requirement waived if the applicant has earned (or will earn before matriculation) a post-secondary degree from an institution located in a country where English is the sole language of instruction. Applicants who wish to be considered for an English Proficiency waiver may be asked to complete an English for Academic Purposes course, which may increase the length and cost of their studies.

The George Washington University reserves the right to request proof of English proficiency from any applicant.

Visit our International Applicant Requirements page for more information specific to international students.

 Resume

A copy of your most current resume is required and should include all previous education and employment.

 Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose is typically an essay of approximately 250-500 words in which you explain your reasons for undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. The length and requirements of your statement of purpose depend on your program. For more information, visit your program’s page on the GW Graduate Program Finder.

 Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation should come from faculty, supervisors, and others who know you well in an academic or professional setting.

If possible, at least one letter should come from a faculty member who taught you in a class and can speak to your potential for rigorous graduate study. Choose a professor who is in the field, or a similar field, to which you are applying.

If submitting a professional recommendation, select a manager or supervisor rather than a colleague. A supervisor can attest to your ability to meet deadlines, accept feedback, and how well you build relationships with both your peers and authority figures.

To determine the number of recommendations required for your program application, please check the GW Graduate Program Finder.

Recommendations are submitted through the online application system. Once you have entered the recommender’s name and email address in your online application, the system will send the recommender an auto-email, and provide them with a secure link through which to submit the recommendation. Your recommender may need to check their spam or trash folders for receipt of this email.

If the secure link is not functioning, your recommender is welcome to email their letter directly to [email protected], and we will attach the letter to your application.

Recommendations can arrive in our system before or after application submission, so you do not need to wait for all recommendations to be received before submitting your online application form.

 Application Fee

You can choose to pay the $80 application fee by credit card or check. Please note that you may not change the method of payment once you submit your application. If you are eligible for a fee waiver, you may submit a request to have the fee waived at the end of the application submission process.

The application fee is waived for:

  • GW alumni (those holding a GW degree or certificate);
  • Current GW degree or certificate students;
  • U.S. military personnel who have been on active duty within three years of submitting their application for admission;
  • Current McNair Program Scholars (a completed Certification of McNair Program Participation and Application Fee Waiver form (PDF) must be scanned and attached to your online application or submitted directly to us);
  • Alumni of PPIA applying for the MPP or MPA;
  • Current AmeriCorps or Peace Corps members; and
  • Applicants from an eligible Minority-Serving Institution.

You will receive notification within one to two business days of submitting the fee waiver request of the approval status. At that time, you may finalize submission of the application.

 

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