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Project Management

School of Business

Master of Science in Project Management (M.S.P.M.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Online Learning

Program Overview

The program brings real workplace examples to the classroom, integrating them into the overall curriculum. The program is not discipline-specific and focuses on no single technical domain.

Our M.S.P.M. was among the world’s first specialized degree programs of its kind. GW’s innovative program guides students in advanced project-management techniques and in balancing practice and theory so that they may become effective project managers. Thanks to distance-learning options, students can complete the degree from virtually any location.

The program is ideal for managers seeking to more effectively integrate complex projects, motivate people and achieve cost efficiency. To accommodate the needs of working professionals, courses are offered in the evenings on our Foggy Bottom Campus as well as via state-of-the-art distance learning. Most distance students reside outside the greater Washington, D.C., area although some local residents enroll as distance students in order to accommodate work and travel obligations.

Through cutting-edge technology, lectures are made available to distance students as quickly as 20 minutes after each on-campus class concludes. The recorded lectures are fully integrated into the University's mainframe. Students log on to watch the classes at their convenience. Class handouts, assignments and other materials are mediated through Web-based course management software, both for distance and on-site learners.   

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines*:

Fall 2014

Round Completed By Decision By
1 March 17, 2014 April 18, 2014
2 May 5, 2014 May 30, 2014
4 June 30, 2014 July 18, 2014

Spring 2014

Round Completed By Decision By
1 September 9, 2013 October 11, 2013
2 October 28, 2013 November 27, 2013
3 December 2, 2013 December 20, 2013

Standardized test scores:

The Graduate Admissions Management Test (GMAT – institution code QK4-4F-62) is required. Applicants with seven (7) or more years of professional experience may request a waiver of this requirement.

Recommendations required:

Three (3) 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 should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Students with degrees from non-US universities should submit certified course-by-course and degree evaluations of their transcripts.  For a list of accredited evaluation agencies, please click here. These agencies can translate and evaluate your transcripts by determining the equivalent course, grade, and degree in the United States.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay limited to 500 words, discuss your long-term and short-term professional objectives and how your past experiences have contributed to and defined these objectives. Include in your statement why you want to pursue a graduate business degree in project management at this point in time. You may also include your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. You may explain any academic inconsistencies as part of your statement or as an addendum.

Additional requirements:

A current resumé, at least three years of professional work experience, and a demonstrated interest in project management are required.

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, and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • Academic PTE: 68

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Master of Science in Project Management Program
The George Washington University
2201 G Street, NW ~ Suite 415
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
mspminfo@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.6145 ~ 202.994.2736 (fax)
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Contact for questions about Online MSPM:
gwsbdc@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.1212 ~ 202.994.3571 (fax)
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday