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Patent Practice

College of Professional Studies

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)
Location(s): Alexandria Graduate Education Center

Program Overview

The master of patent practice opens doors to careers in patent law, policy, science, and
technology. The curriculum comprises coursework in patent law, USPTO practice,
graduate level engineering, and procedural foundations and will prepare graduates to sit
for the patent bar and to work in corporations, law firms, associations, the USPTO, and
other government agencies.

Drawing on the resources unique to Washington DC, the program provides a top tier
education and access to a broad network of patent professionals.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – July 1

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a current supervisor)

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.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250-500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in patent practice and describe your academic objectives, career plans, your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

Additional requirements:

A current resume. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in the field of engineering, science, or information technology with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
College of Professional Studies – Office of Admission
The George Washington University
805 21st Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
CPS Office of Admissions
applycps@gwu.edu ~ 703.299.6782 (phone) ~ 703.299.4144 (fax)
9 am – 5:30 pm EST, Monday through Friday