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Computer Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Master of Science (M.S.), Applied Scientist (App.Sc.), Engineer (Engr.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers Ph.D. and M.S. degrees, as well as two professional degrees (engineer and applied scientist) in computer engineering.  It also offers a graduate certificate in high-performance computing.  Graduate students can choose from among two focus areas of study: computer architecture and high performance computing; and microelectronics and VLSI systems.

GW’s doctoral program is designed to prepare the student for a career of creative scholarship by providing focused knowledge in the student’s specialty area and guidance for research.

Students in the master’s program learn sophisticated computer architecture and integrated circuit design techniques using industry-standard computer-aided design tools.  The master’s program offers a flexible schedule that includes late afternoon and evening classes as well as the ability to choose a thesis or non-thesis degree option.

Those who would like to pursue a graduate certificate will acquire up-to-date knowledge and skills in the advances of computer systems architecture and networking, and in the rapidly growing use of superscalar microprocessors, real-time embedded systems, VLSI and ASIC design modules, digital signal processors and networked computing platforms.  Students may transfer all of their certificate courses to the M.S. program if they decide to get a master's degree. For more information, see graduate certificate in high-performance computing.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall - December 15 (Ph.D.); January 15 (M.S., Engr., and App.Sc.)
Spring - September 1
Summer* - March 1

Standardized test scores

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. (Institution code 5246). Competitive quantitative scores are in the 90th+ percentile; competitive verbal scores are in the 50th+ percentile.

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. M.S. applicants who do not wish to be considered for an assistantship or fellowship are not required to submit recommendations.

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:

M.S., Engr., and App.Sc.: 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.

Ph.D.: Please write a more comprehensive essay of 400 to 600 words, indicating your fields of study, your specialized interests, and the general subject area of your planned dissertation or professional project.

Additional requirements:

M.S.: Applicant must possess a B.S. in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for the last 60 credits of undergraduate work. Students with a B.S. in another field may be admitted with a set of deficiency courses to be determined by the department.

Ph.D.: Applicant must posses a bachelor’s or master’s degree in an appropriate area from an accredited institution. Applicants must also show evidence of a strong academic or relevant professional background pertinent to the field of study and must demonstrate a capacity for original scholarship. Students whose highest degree is a bachelor's must have a grade point average of at least 3.3 (on a scale of 4.0); students whose highest degree is a master’s must have a grade point average of at least 3.4 (on a scale of 4.0).

All applicants must choose an area of focus that most closely matches their interests and note this on the online application. Applicants to doctoral programs must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering or a related field and must demonstrate a capacity for original scholarship

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.

* A limited number of doctoral applicants are accepted for the summer. Please contact the admissions office for details.  International applicants who require a visa from GW are eligible to apply for admission in fall and spring only (not summer).

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