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Program Start Dates

The next start is the week of: January 11, 2021.

Next Program Start Date

Cybersecurity Masters at GW

Students enroll in four standard 9-week sessions each year. Students may begin their studies during any of the five sessions offered each year:

  • 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 June – July.

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

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.

While we work to maintain the dates as published, they are subject to change each semester until students receive an official registration notice from our office.


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
  • 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.)
    • Work experience in an IT field for those who do not hold a degree in a technical discipline

    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

    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 one 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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