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Program Start Dates

The next program start date is the week of: August 16, 2021.

Next Program Start Date

Cybersecurity Masters at GW

Students enroll in four 9-week sessions as well as an optional 5th summer session. Students may begin their studies during any of the sessions.

  • Spring 1: January – March
  • Spring 2: March – May
  • Fall 1: August – October
  • Fall 2: October – December

There is an optional five-week accelerated session each Summer from May – June.

Students typically take one course per 9-week session. Subject to course availability, students may choose to take a second course in any of the sessions.

The course order is determined by advisors based on student progress toward completion of the curriculum. Course details will be provided to students via email approximately one month prior to the start of classes.

For additional information and and application deadlines, please contact an admissions counselor at onlineeng@gwu.edu.


Application Requirements

Master of Engineering in Cybersecurity Analytics
Ideal candidates for the cybersecurity analytics program will meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in one of the following fields: engineering, computer science, physical sciences, mathematics, economics, business administration or another relevant non-technical discipline.
  • Minimum GPA of B- (2.7 on a 4.0 scale) or higher
    • Applicants with less than a 2.7 GPA are welcome to apply and may be accepted conditionally based on a holistic review of application materials.
  • Work experience in an IT field for those who do not hold a degree in a technical discipline is desirable.
  • Prerequisites: at least one course in college-level calculus and one course in college-level statistics
    • Applicants who do not meet this requirement will take EMSE 4197.

Note: GW considers a candidate’s entire background when reaching an admission decision. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may still be eligible for admission and their records will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact an admissions counselor for more information.

Master of Engineering in Cybersecurity Policy and Compliance
Ideal candidates for the cybersecurity policy and compliance program will meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average of B- (2.7 on a 4.0 scale) or higher (Applicants with less than a 2.7 GPA are welcome to apply and may be accepted conditionally based on a holistic review of application materials.)

Note: GW considers a candidate’s entire background when reaching an admission decision. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may still be eligible for admission and their records will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact an admissions counselor for more information.

Master of Engineering in Cloud Computing Management
Ideal candidates for the cloud computing management program will meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in one of the following fields: engineering, computer science, physical sciences, mathematics, economics, business administration or another relevant non-technical discipline.
  • Minimum GPA of B- (2.7 on a 4.0 scale) or higher. Applicants with less than a 2.7 GPA are welcome to apply and may be accepted conditionally based on a holistic review of application materials.
  • Work experience in an IT field for those who do not hold a degree in a technical discipline is desirable.

Note: GW considers a candidate’s entire background when reaching an admission decision. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may still be eligible for admission and their records will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please contact an admissions counselor for more information.


Application Materials

To expedite our review of your application for admission, please order your official transcripts and prepare all other materials to submit at the same time as your application. All supporting material must be submitted no later than 45 days from the date of application or the application deadline for the semester for which you are applying.

Complete application packets include:

  • Completed Application:
  • There is no application fee for this program. When completing the application form, you will also need to upload your resume and statement of purpose.

    • Resume or C.V.: Upload your up-to-date resume or C.V.
    • Statement of Purpose: In 250 words or less, describe how the program fits into your professional life and career objectives.
  • Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all institutions attended to complete the application packet. More information on transcript requirements can be found on the transcript policy page.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required for admission. At least two of these letters must come from a professional reference. Please download the letter of recommendation form, fill out the top portion, and email the form to the individual providing the recommendation. A letter of recommendation is only considered official when it is sent directly from the individual providing the recommendation to an admissions counselor via email at onlinecybersec@email.gwu.edu or via fax at 888-245-5409. Submissions directly from applicants will not be accepted.
  • GRE Scores: GRE scores are recommended.

If you’re applying from outside the U.S., please see international student admissions information and additional requirements.

Transfer Credit

Academic credit earned at another institution will not be transferred into any online graduate program offered through the SEAS Online Programs Office.


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To learn more about GW’s online graduate programs in cybersecurity and cloud computing, and download a free brochure, fill out the fields below. If you have any additional questions, please call (833) 330-1454 to speak to an admissions counselor.

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