FAQ

What are the upcoming start dates and application deadlines?

Students may begin their program of choice during one of five sessions 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

Visit the admissions page for the most recent start dates. For our annual academic calendar and application deadline information, please contact an Admissions Counselor at onlinecybersec@gwu.edu.

How many courses/credit hours are required to complete the program?

The program requires a minimum of 10 graduate-level courses, totaling 30 credit hours. There is no thesis in the program.

How long does it take to complete the online Master of Engineering in cybersecurity policy and compliance program?

Students typically complete the 30-credit program in approximately 2.5 years.

How many courses can I complete at a time?

Students usually take one to two courses per session.

Are there any required login times to complete my courses?

Each course requires scheduled lectures (one night per week from 6:30 – 9:30 Eastern) that will be recorded for future reference. Beyond that, students can log in whenever it fits their schedule. Students are expected to attend all scheduled lectures. There’s no required number of log-ins each week, but we strongly recommend that students check in on their program at least once each day.

What is the required amount of time in which a student must complete this program?

A part-time student in the master’s program is allowed a maximum of five calendar years.

How quickly can I expect faculty members to reply to my questions?

Instructors are expected to reply to student inquiries within 48 hours.

Can I complete the program part-time?

This program is considered part-time.

What online learning platform do you use?

The program uses the Blackboard learning management system. For Blackboard FAQs, click here.

How many hours will I need devote to coursework each week?

Time spent on outside assignments will depend on the course and the student. As a general rule, students can expect to spend 6 hours per week outside of classroom time for each course.

Do students ever need to come to campus?

No, there is no requirement to attend a physical location at any time.

What is your leave of absence policy?

Leaves of absence are permitted, but not recommended and approved only due unforeseen circumstances outside a student’s control. Leaves of absence are limited to two sessions maximum in the entire program.

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