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.

Programs For Entering Freshmen

Freshman year is a time of discovery and change for all the George Washington University students but, for a select group, the experience is heightened by programs that are tailored to the students’ greatest intellectual passions. These programs blend or deepen study in diverse subject areas, creating a distinctive context for course work and forging an intellectual community for students with shared academic goals.

We encourage incoming freshmen with special interests to apply to a program designed to enhance and expand their academic experience.

Combined Degree Programs

GW’s combined degree programs offer exceptional students with a clear sense of direction an opportunity to accelerate their studies through compressed coursework. This reduces the number of years required to earn an advanced degree.

Women’s Leadership Program

During the Women's Leadership Program, a yearlong residential experience, participants examine issues related to women's leadership—its nature, expression and exercise—in intellectual, artistic, social, political and technological contexts.

Scholars in Quantitative and Natural Sciences

This program offers a specialized, integrated approach to scientific research and engagement for students interested in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics or statistics.

Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare

Students in this program delve into the study and performance of Shakespeare’s works, enjoying specially tailored introductory courses, guest artists, lectures and programs—both in Washington and in London during spring break.

Summer Opportunities

The George Washington University offers rich resources for students from both GW and other universities who want to make the most of their summer months. GW Summer Sessions offer courses on campus, online and abroad. With a campus literally steps from the White House, State Department, World Bank, Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, Smithsonian Institution and dozens of other cultural and international organizations, GW provides unparalleled opportunities to study and enrichment.

On Campus

On campus, GW offers nearly than 700 courses in 70 different disciplines. These are compressed into intensive six, eight, 10 and 14-week sessions. Courses are offered in flexible formats and times that include both daytime and evening hours, to accommodate the most busy summer schedules. You can easily pair summer study with work, internships and other summer activity.


Taught by GW’s acclaimed faculty, online courses integrate innovative, interactive teaching tools and work with any schedule at any location so students can accommodate other summer activities, such as internships.

Short-Term Abroad

GW offers a broad spectrum of short-term summer abroad programs from one week to two months in more than two dozen of the world’s most fascinating locations.

Summer Institutes

Summer Institutes are thematically-related courses that draw on site visits, seminars and guest lectures to immerse students in a specific subject area.

Semester In Washington

Semester in Washington offers students from other universities the opportunity to study and intern for a semester in Washington, DC. Students may choose to focus on politics or journalism.

Academic Housing

The undergraduate years offer a rare opportunity to live among people with shared intellectual passions and academic goals. At the George Washington University, students’ housing can become an eye-opening extension of the educational experience. Through living and learning cohorts—student-led interest groups within a house—GW connects the living experience with academic pursuits and self-exploration.

Academic Residences

Nearly all freshman housing offers the choice of living among students with shared interests, from science to the arts, in an environment where discussion and exploration thrive.

Focus on Fall Abroad

The Focus on Fall Abroad living and learning community maximizes the benefits of GW’s study abroad program for students preparing for and returning from their studies overseas.

Preparing for Law or Medicine

The George Washington University advocates a strong and broad liberal arts education as a foundation for pursing both law and medicine. Because these demanding professions intersect with so many facets of society, from the arts to economics, students who advance to law and medical school benefit from a deep understanding of varied academic disciplines. In addition, for students who anticipate attending law and medical school, GW provides guidance on a curriculum that fully prepares them for the rigors of these advanced degrees.

Pre-law and pre-med advisers in the GW Office of Undergraduate Studies assist students in matching their majors and interests with courses that may be helpful in graduate school. In addition, pre-med students receive guidance on meeting prerequisites for most medical schools, including eight credit hours each in biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physics. Students must also complete the University Writing Program. In addition, GW strongly recommends courses in biochemistry, genetics and mathematics, which many medical schools require.

Combined Degrees

When you know where you’re going, you don’t have time to wait.

Many of the outstanding students who choose the George Washington University know they want to pursue graduate education long before they’ve earned their undergraduate degrees. To give them the best opportunities for success in an increasingly demanding academic and career marketplace, GW continuously creates ways to expand and accelerate their studies. GW’s combined degrees offer:

  • Early acceptance to graduate programs—for some in the senior year of high school
  • Waivers from graduate exams for several advanced degree programs
  • Compressed courses of study that reduce the total number of years—and tuition costs—needed to earn a graduate degree such as a J.D. or M.D.
  • Access to partner universities with programs that complement GW’s curricula

How They Work

The George Washington University offers combined degree programs, including joint programs that award both degrees at once and dual programs that award the degrees sequentially. Combined programs generally allow students to “double count” a limited number of credit hours toward both degrees, provided students earn a grade of B or better, the coursework is taken for graduate credit and both the undergraduate and graduate programs approve it. Each combined degree program has a designated program director or adviser to provide counseling and monitoring for prospective and current students.


GW’s combined B.A./M.D. program enables outstanding high school students with a proven commitment to medicine to earn a bachelor’s and a medical degree in just seven years. Based on their academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, community service and health care experience, these incoming freshmen are guaranteed admission to the School of Medicine and Health Sciences—without taking the MCATs and at a fixed tuition rate. The School of Medicine and Health Sciences also offers an early selection opportunity for students with academic distinction at both GW and certain other undergraduate colleges. Students apply near the end of their sophomore year for provisional admission to the M.D. program without taking the MCATs.


Students with definite career goals have an opportunity to apply to a number of GW’s combined bachelor’s/master’s programs.

University Honors Program

Every student at the George Washington University enjoys extraordinary opportunity. For a select few, the University Honors Program heightens the challenge and increases the depth of their academic experience.

This program forges exceptionally productive relationships among a community of undergraduates and faculty mentors. Most students demonstrate outstanding intellectual curiosity and a desire to engage with professors. They are self-motivated, articulate and inspired to make a difference in the world. 

Available to students in all of GW’s undergraduate schools, the program offers about 50 special courses each semester—all of them writing-intensive, discussion-driven and limited to 15-20 students. Many honors courses use a problem-based or case study approach in which students drive the learning process and professors serve as facilitators rather than lecturers. Because of their expanded scope and interdisciplinary structure, honors courses carry four credits rather than the typical three credits. 

The Honors Program’s wide-ranging curriculum addresses Western and Eastern traditions of thought, arts and cultures around the globe and important multidimensional world issues such as global climate change. In their first two years at GW, honors students take a series of special courses unique to the program. In the third and fourth years of the program, students engage in special or departmental honors in their majors. To graduate as a University Honors Program Scholar, students must qualify for departmental honors. All of the program’s students participate in an honors global issues practicum—a senior year capstone experience that provides an opportunity to apply and reflect on what they have learned as undergraduates.

New students may apply for admission to the Honors Program at the time they apply to GW. The Honors Program also accepts a small cohort of continuing students who choose to apply to the program during the second semester of their first year at GW.

Undergraduate Study Options

The George Washington University offers students a breadth and depth of learning opportunities that are integrated not only with one another, but also with the rich resources of the nation’s capital. For our students, GW’s wide range of majors and undergraduate courses are just the beginning. Our outstanding study options include:

Combined Degrees

GW’s combined degree programs offer exceptional students with a clear sense of direction an opportunity to accelerate their studies through compressed coursework, reducing the number of years required to earn an advanced degree.

University Honors

For a select group of GW students, the University Honors Program enhances the educational experience through intellectual engagement with each other and their faculty mentors, special problem-based seminars and classes and intensified academic challenge.

Preparing for Law or Medicine

GW advocates a strong and broad liberal arts education as a foundation for students preparing for law and medicine. Advisers in the Office of Undergraduate Studies assist students in matching their majors and interests with courses that may be helpful in graduate school—or required for most medical schools.

Academic Housing

GW students can make their housing an eye-opening extension of the educational experience through living and learning cohorts. These are student-led interest groups within a house that connect the living experience with academic pursuits and self-exploration.

Summer Opportunities

GW offers an integrated array of resources for students from both GW and other universities who want to make the most of their summer months— through courses on campus, online and abroad, as well as through access to Washington’s numerous world-class institutions.

To begin examining the countless possibilities that will shape your academic vision, use GW’s Explore Tool—a guide to the full spectrum of courses, majors and concentrations.