Graduate Study

The George Washington University offers more than 200 master's, doctoral and graduate certificate programs designed to fit the unique needs of our students. With numerous locations throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, you can find the program that is right for you.  

Summer Sessions

Summer classes at the George Washington University provide a unique opportunity to earn academic credit from a top-ranked university, learn from superb faculty, and take advantage of the extraordinary educational and cultural resources of Washington, D.C. Open to undergraduates, graduates, and visiting students, summer classes are offered in compressed 6, 8, 10 and 14-week sessions during the day, in the evening, and online, so you can integrate coursework into your busy lifestyle.

Summer Sessions Website

Visit the Summer Sessions website for complete information about summer options, including:

Virginia Science and Technology Campus

The Virginia Science and Technology Campus was established in 1991 as GW’s flagship research and technology center. Situated on 100 acres in Loudoun County, Virginia, it is strategically positioned in the center of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor.

More than 20 exceptional graduate degree and certificate programs in business, information systems technology, engineering and human and organizational learning are offered at the Virginia Campus.

The Virginia Science and Technology Campuss collaborates with regional corporations, organizations and local governments, as well as with on-site organizations such as the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute (IJIS), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the renowned Jason Project, a subsidiary of National Geographic. Dozens of centers of excellence and laboratories in critical areas are housed on the campus, including:

  • National Crash Analysis Center, a collaboration among academia, industry and the federal government to explore and improve road safety and security.
  • Center for Intelligent Systems Research, conducting research applying neural networks, fuzzy logic and genetic algorithms to solve a variety of transportation problems.
  • Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing, a national center and consortium for research funded by the National Science Foundation, with partners from academia, government and industry.
  • Institute for Massively Parallel Applications and Computing Technologies, advancing interdisciplinary research, education and training in high-performance computing.

Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Campuses

Foggy Bottom

Since 1912, GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus has been a part of the historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood, only blocks from the White House, U.S. Department of State, World Health Organization, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the World Bank, as well as museums, galleries and corporate headquarters. The University capitalizes on its location to deliver an unrivaled educational experience that draws nearby international, governmental and cultural resources into the classroom, attracts adjunct faculty from the top ranks of public and private institutions and facilitates exceptional research, internship and career opportunities for its students.

The Foggy Bottom Campus includes more than 100 campus buildings on 42 acres in the heart of Washington, D.C. and is home to more than 200 doctoral, masters and graduate certificate programs. Fields of study are wide-ranging, innovative and, often, interdisciplinary. 

Mount Vernon Campus

The Mount Vernon Campus, spread over 25 acres, is in Washington’s wooded Foxhall neighborhood, surrounded by homes, embassies, diplomatic residences and the Kreeger Museum of Art. Connected to the Foggy Bottom Campus by a 24-hour shuttle service, it houses science labs, extensive athletic facilities and six undergraduate residence halls. The campus is home to the graduate programs in forensic sciences and interior design.

Other Washington, D.C. Locations

  • Next to the Foggy Bottom Campus, the K Street Center for Professional Education, at 2020 K St. NW in Washington, D.C., is home to graduate programs in landscape design and paralegal studies.
  • GW’s legislative affairs program has been offered in the Hall of States building on Capitol Hill for several decades.

Funding Your Graduate Education

Graduate students can fund their education in various ways and often utilize multiple resources. Brief descriptions of the general types of funding available are described below. For more detailed information, please visit the following Web sites:

Fellowships and Assistantships

Most merit-based assistance (graduate teaching assistantships, research assistantships and fellowships) is awarded through the schools or programs. Applicants who would like to be considered for assistantships and fellowships should consult the appropriate program’s Web site for further information. If you are applying for a fellowship/assistantship, answer “yes” to this question on the online application for graduate admission and, if required by your school or program, submit a separate fellowship/assistantship application and other materials that may be required.

Please note that the application for fellowships and assistantships is Jan 15 for the fall semester and Sept 1 for the spring semester. All admission materials are due by this deadline, even if this is earlier than the stated deadline for your program of interest. Applications received after the deadline will be considered for these awards only if funds remain available.

Loan Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OFSA) oversees the processing of all loans for students who have been admitted to a GW graduate degree or approved graduate certificate program. Federal loan programs require U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status and at least half-time attendance.

Credit-based consumer loans are available to supplement other sources of aid, and OSFA can provide school certification for any alternative program you choose. You should compare rates, fees and repayment options when choosing among the programs available.

Instructions for applying for these different types of loans are provided online. To have a loan processed before classes begin, all application materials must be on file in the Office of Student Financial Assistance by:

  • Fall Semester: May 1
  • Spring Semester: October 1
  • Summer Semester: March 1

Employment Opportunities

Many graduate students obtain employment to help fund their studies, often using the following resources:

  • GW Career Center: Information on full-time, part-time, internship, cooperative education, temporary and summer positions is available 
  • Jobs at GW Web site: Maintained by the Division of Human Resource Services, this site provides information about full-time and regular part-time positions. After a three-month waiting period, new GW employees, as well as the spouses and children of full-time employees, may receive educational benefits. (Note: Graduate students employed full- or part-time on a research grant may use their tuition benefits immediately if they begin their employment before the first day of classes.
  • Federal Work-Study Program: Available to U.S. citizens, provides jobs for graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses.

International students with F-1 or J-1 visa status may be able to supplement their classroom experiences and personal funds through employment, co-operative education or internships, but proper employment authorization must be obtained BEFORE beginning work.For more information, contact the International Services Office.

Housing and Living Expenses

Housing on the  Foggy Bottom campus is available at GW, but in a limited capacity.  Most graduate students live off-campus.  GradLife provides a searchable database of available off-campus housing to help you find a place to suit your style.  They also have message boards to help you find a roommate or furniture.

Although actual living expenses vary considerably, depending on students' housing and lifestyle preferences, the following is an estimate of the minimum costs for graduate students in the Washington metropolitan area (excluding tuition and fees):

  • Housing, meals, transportation, and personal expenses (full year): $20,742.00
  • Books and supplies (academic year): $500.00
  • Health insurance (estimate for full year): $2,258

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees at the George Washington University are comparable to the national average for U.S. private universities. These costs, set by the GW Board of Trustees, generally increase from year to year and may vary by program and location.    

2012-2013 Tuition and Fees for Graduate and Professional Programs


Graduate and Professional Programs Costs, Housing and Funding

The following is information regarding costs, housing and funding opportunities at the George Washington University. 


Research Scholarships and Fellowships

The George Washington University drives academic excellence through scholarships and fellowships that inspire outstanding achievement, create opportunities for advanced learning and reward our students’ extraordinary commitment and hard work. Merit-based scholarships and research fellowships enable GW students to explore new frontiers in their fields of study, both within the University and beyond.

Presidential Scholars in the Arts

GW’s arts community provides abundant opportunities to blend theoretical and intellectual exposure to the arts through various forms of expression. Each year the Departments of Fine Arts and Art History, the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance further extend these opportunities to Presidential Scholars in the Arts—freshmen who show exceptional promise in the fine arts, music, theater, technical theater, directing, dance and choreography. In addition to receiving financial assistance, scholarship recipients work with inspiring faculty members while taking full advantage of our nation’s most important museums, galleries, stages and arts organizations.

Luther Rice Collaborative Fellowships

The Rice Fellowships promote discovery-based education by supporting student-initiated research: a significant, focused examination of an idea or area of inquiry that results in work that could merit scholarly presentation or publication. Carried out with the collaboration and guidance of at least one faculty member, fellowships may take place over weeks or semesters, with or without association with a credit-bearing course, during students’ junior or senior years.

Gamow Research Awards

The Gamow Research Fellowships nurture the careers of talented and promising sophomores and juniors in all of GW’s schools by funding meaningful, mentored research experiences. The fellowships fund proposals submitted by students jointly with a faculty member to conduct research, scholarship or creative activity in the humanities and creative arts, social sciences, sciences and engineering or professional fields.

Hughes Scholarship Program

The Hughes Scholarship Program introduces students—including freshmen—to the field of bioinformatics, a blend of biology and computer science linked to physics, chemistry and engineering. The program offers summer internships in mentored research with GW faculty who explore cutting-edge interdisciplinary science.

Kiev Writing Prize

The annual Kiev Writing Prize recognizes an outstanding research paper by an undergraduate student whose work substantially relies on the Gelman Library’s I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection. Funded by the Kiev Family Trust, the prize is awarded each fall for a paper completed the previous spring.

Cotlow Research Awards

The Cotlow Research Awards support GW students’ anthropological research around the world. While open to all undergraduate and graduate students, continuing students in anthropology majors and concentrations receive preference. Recipients receive funding for travel and other expenses related to field research. They present their findings at the annual Cotlow Conference.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

GW has developed a variety of research programs that give undergraduates hands-on, professional research experience. For example, the Biology Department’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, begins with an intensive weeklong workshop in molecular biology and bioinformatics, followed by nine weeks of mentored, cross-disciplinary laboratory research on GW’s campus and throughout the Washington area. The undergraduate research program in the School of Business cultivates and supports research partnerships between undergraduate students and faculty members, allowing them to initiate and conduct research on a topic of interest, work as part of the team on a faculty member’s research project or participate in a case competition requiring intensive research.

Undergraduate Fellowships

The Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research assists all GW undergraduates interested in pursuing national fellowships that recognize academic and extracurricular excellence. These fellowships provide remarkable opportunities for both academic study and career advancement in a host of professional fields.