Online Learning

As one of the nation’s first major universities to launch online programs, the George Washington University provides students from all backgrounds—and all locations around the world—with online educational opportunities of the highest quality. Our online degree programs span the full range of liberal arts, business, education, medicine, nursing and pre-professional disciplines.

We fully recognize the importance of investing in a great education. With GW’s online programs, you will receive the same world-class education that has trained thousands of leaders and public servants to make their mark on the world and become a force for the greater good.

The DC Difference

No matter where you may be located, as a GW student you will benefit from the university’s extraordinary access to the nation’s leaders and leading institutions in Washington, D.C. In fact, you will encounter many of them in class as guest speakers and lecturers, professional networking contacts, public policy connections and even as your professors. As a result, you will gain both the rare practical knowledge and insider advantage common to all GW students.

Academic Rigor & the Online Experience

GW Online Programs maintains a student-instructor ratio that is actually lower than in-person classes, ensuring that you receive plenty of interactivity with your professors and classmates, many of whom have had significant life experiences and/or deep industry-specific knowledge that will benefit you both in and outside of the classroom. Via real-time video seminars, discussion threads, and customized assignments and projects based on your interests and professional goals, GW creates an enriching, personalized learning environment. Plus, we are constantly improving our technological capabilities and program materials, ensuring that you receive the most modern educational experience.  

All the Prestige, All the Convenience

If you complete an online program from GW, you earn a GW degree. We make no distinctions between the degrees earned online and the ones earned on the physical campus—because there is no distinction. You will learn the same lessons, often from the same professors, as the students on campus do. In fact, as you receive all of the benefits and job prospects that come along with earning a degree from GW, you also have all the convenience of independent, online learning.

For a listing of online courses by semester, please refer to our Schedule of Classes

GW International

With almost 2,400 students from 130 countries, 300 visiting international scholars, and a footprint in more than 80 percent of the countries in the world, the George Washington University is a hub of learning and research that stretches well beyond its immediate borders, but that's just the beginning.

The Office of International Programs plays a pivotal role in the university’s efforts to engage the world from the nation’s capital by providing guidance and resources that help identify GW's international priorities and expand educational opportunities abroad in all disciplines.  We help bridge cultures, deepen understanding, and connect the university community to the world beyond our campus.

GW is proud to offer some of the most active, far-reaching international programs to be found anywhere, creating a lifelong, worldwide community of students, alumni, parents, friends and partner institutions that begins in Washington and spans the globe.

Nearly half of all GW students study abroad, with access to more than 300 programs worldwide. Our faculty lead classes, serve as visiting scholars, and conduct their research on every major continent. From our Washingon, D.C., campus, students and faculty access major international organizations and think tanks to form linkages with their academic fields. 

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Graduate & Professional Programs

As a graduate or professional student at GW, you will engage in research- and practice-based programs that extend far beyond our classrooms and campuses and contribute to your personal, professional, and intellectual growth. With more than 200 master's, doctoral, and graduate certificate programs, in numerous locations throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, you can find the program that is right for you. 

Explore our Graduate and Professional Programs

Explore our range of graduate and professional programs to help you identify subjects of interest. Browse by academic interest areas, school, degree type, location, and schedule options, or view a full list of all GW graduate and professional subjects, including:

  • Accountancy & Finance
  • Biological & Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Administration, & Management
  • Computer Science & Information Technology
  • Education & Teacher Preparation
  • Engineering
  • Fine Arts & Design
  • Human Resources & Organizational Studies
  • Humanities
  • International Studies
  • Law & Legal Studies
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Media & Communication
  • Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Museum Education & Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Political Science, Political Management & Advocacy
  • Professional Studies
  • Psychology & Counseling
  • Public Health & Health Services
  • Public Policy & Administration
  • Security & Public Safety
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences

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  • Costs, funding and housing
  • Extended campus
  • Campus visits and admissions events 




Research Fellowships

Each year about 30 percent of eligible honors students receive research fellowships. The Undergraduate Center for National Fellowship Competitions provides information and advice on the Rhodes, Fulbright and other programs open to undergraduates.

Professors on the Town

Through GW’s “Professors on the Town” series, small groups of students and faculty in the University Honors Program explore the Washington area’s wealth of cultural offerings, from a concert at the Black Cat  to a tour of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s estate in Charlottesville, Va.

University Symposium

Each semester, the Honors Program’s University Symposium focuses on topics such as “Who’s Afraid of Intelligent Design?” Often one of the most memorable events in a student’s education, the three-day weekend affords open access to noted guest lecturers in discussion groups and over meals.

University Writing Program

Students have access to a broad variety of opportunities to improve their writing. The University Writing Program consists of a special freshman-year class dedicated to writing fundamentals in a topical setting. Students also take upper-level writing courses in the disciplines of their choosing.