Admissions Deadlines: Fall - January 15
Spring - September 1
Summer - March 1 (non-F1 visa seeking applicants)
Standardized test scores: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. (Institution code 5246).
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction. Minimum scores:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; applicants requesting funding consideration must have an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0; or
- TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based; applicants requesting funding consideration must have 600 on paper-based; or 100 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 53; applicants requesting funding consideration must have 68.
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendation required. If possible, one of these recommendations should be from your advisor at the institution from which you earned your highest degree.
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
If academic records are in a language other than English, a copy in the original language and an English language translation must be uploaded. Transcript evaluations should not be uploaded. Applicants who have earned a degree from an Indian university are required to submit individual semester marksheets.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at GW; describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans; and discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned.
Additional requirements: Bachelor's degree with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree in engineering, the physical sciences, or applied mathematics.
All applicants must choose an area of focus that most closely matches their interests and note this on the online application. All applicants must submit a resumé or CV.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the SEAS Frequently Asked Questions page.

Contact for questions: - 202-994-1802 (phone) - 202-994-1651 (fax)
9:00 – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: Non-thesis option—33 credits, including 9 credits in one focus area; thesis option—30 credits, including 9 credits in one focus area and 6 credits of thesis. For both options the remaining credits are selected by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor.  

All courses in one of the following concentrations:
Engineering Mechanics
APSC 6213Analytical Methods in Engineering III
CE 6206Continuum Mechanics
CE 6210Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
Environmental engineering
CE 6501Aquatic Chemistry
CE 6503Principles of Environmental Engineering
CE 6609Numerical Methods in Environmental and Water Resources
Geotechnical engineering
CE 6210Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
CE 6402Theoretical Geomechanics
CE 6605Ground Water and Seepage
Structural engineering
CE 6201Advanced Strength of Materials
CE 6202Methods of Structural Analysis
CE 6301Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures
or CE 6320 Design of Metal Structures
Transportation safety engineering
CE 6102Application of Probability Methods in Civil Engineering
CE 6721Traffic Engineering and Highway Safety
CE 6722Intelligent Transportation Systems
Water resources engineering
CE 6601Hydraulics of Open Channel Flow
CE 6604Physical Hydrology
CE 6609Numerical Methods in Environmental and Water Resources
Required of students who have selected the thesis option:
CE 6998Thesis Research
CE 6999Thesis Research

Students should consult with the advisor concerning their program of study.