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Program Start Dates

The next program start date is the week of: May 31, 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.

The course order is determined by advisors based on what a student has taken and what is available in the session. Course details will be provided to students via email approximately one month prior to the start of classes.

For our annual academic calendar and application deadline information, please contact an admissions counselor at onlinecybersec@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 and all submitted materials 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 and all submitted materials 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 and all submitted materials 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 speed our review of your application for admission, order your official transcripts and prepare all other materials to submit at the same time as your application. All supplemental application materials must be received by the admissions office prior to the application deadline otherwise the file will be rejected as incomplete.

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.

    • An Up-To-Date Resume or C.V.: This can be submitted to onlinecybersec@gwu.edu.
    • 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 (877) 246-4824 to speak to an admissions counselor.

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