Program Start Dates

The next start date is the week of June 18, 2018.

The deadline for submitting your application to be eligible for this start date is May 31, 2018.

There are five opportunities to begin the program each year. For our annual academic calendar and application deadline information, please contact an Admissions Counselor at

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.

Courses are offered in consecutive 10-week sessions. Students may begin their studies during any of the five sessions offered each year:

  • Early January to mid-March
  • Mid-March to late May
  • Mid-June to mid-July
  • Mid-August to mid-October
  • Mid-October to late December

Admissions Requirements

Ideal candidates for the program will meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher (otherwise qualified applicants may be offered conditional acceptance)
  • 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.

Admissions Materials

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Completed Application
  • 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.
  • *Admission decisions can be made based on unofficial transcripts on a case-by-case basis.

  • Statement of Purpose: In 250 words or less, describe how the Cybersecurity Policy and Compliance program fits into your professional life and career objectives.
  • 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 at or via fax at 888-245-5409. Submissions directly from applicants will not be accepted.
  • An up-to-date resume or C.V. This can be submitted to

Note: GRE and GMAT scores are not required to complete the application packet, but can be submitted to strengthen the application.

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

Transfer Credit

Beginning in October 2017, academic credit earned at another institution will not be transferred into any off-campus or online master’s program offered through the EMSE Online and Off-Campus Programs Office.

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To learn more about GW’s online graduate program in cybersecurity policy and compliance 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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