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Telecommunications Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Master of Science (M.S.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

This program is offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at two locations: the University's main campus in Washington, D.C., and our Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn. The weekend cohort program allows working professionals to continue their studies without interfering with their work schedules. Students may elect a thesis or non-thesis option.

The telecommunications engineering program offers only a master’s degree.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – January 15
Spring – September 1
Summer – March 1

Standardized test scores:

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. (Institution code 5246) Average scores for our Fall 2014 incoming class were: 161 (Q), 148 (V), and 3 (W).

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:

Three (3).  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 with degrees from Indian universities should upload transcripts and/or detailed marksheets.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University; 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 GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of coursework. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science and be adequately prepared in the basic physical sciences and in mathematics. Students with a bachelor's degree in another field and a basic knowledge of (a) mathematics and (b) electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science may be admitted, with a set of deficiency courses to be determined by the student's advisor. All applicants must submit a resumé or CV.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW.

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

Contact for questions:
engineering@gwu.edu - 202.596.7239 - 202.994.1651 (fax)
9:00 – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Skype: GW Engineering