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Admissions

The Master of Engineering in Cybersecurity Policy & Compliance is designed for IT and business professionals who are interested in taking the lead in how their organizations respond to cyber threats. It is accessible to professionals without a technical undergraduate degree; however, these applicants should have experience working in technical roles or in a related field dealing significantly with cybersecurity (e.g., security software services).

Admissions Requirements

Ideal candidates for the cybersecurity policy and compliance program will meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • 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

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 on a case-by-case basis after an evaluation of academic records. Please contact an admissions counselor for more information.

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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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Application Materials

To expedite our review of your application for admission, it is suggested that you order your official transcripts and prepare all other materials for submission simultaneously with your application. All supplemental application materials must be received together 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 CV: This can be submitted to onlinecybersec@gwu.edu.
    • Statement of Purpose: In 250 words or less, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at the George Washington University. Describe your academic objectives, research interests and career plans; present your related qualifications including collegiate, professional and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not previously mentioned.
  • 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 from the individual providing the recommendation and delivered directly to an admissions counselor via email at onlinecybersec@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 for 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.