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Engineering Management

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Master of Science (M.S.), Applied Scientist (App.Sc.), Engineer (Engr.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Virginia Science and Technology Campus - Ashburn, Alexandria Graduate Education Center, Arlington Graduate Education Center, Hampton Roads Center, Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

Program Overview

Designed for the technical manager who needs a broad education to keep an organization operating efficiently and working ahead of its competitors, GW’s engineering management program provides graduate education in the most current management techniques for technological and scientific organizations.

The Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering offers the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees, as well as two professional degrees in engineering management.  Graduate students can pursue their degrees in one of the following focus areas: crisis, emergency, and risk management; economics, finance, and cost engineering; engineering and technology management; environmental and energy management;  and knowledge and information management.

The doctoral program, tailored for each student, is designed to provide the ability to perform substantive research in an area of the student’s choice. Students benefit from working closely with faculty whose applications research has been successfully used by major organizations. For more information on the Ph.D., visit doctoral degree program of study.

Students pursuing a master’s degree learn excellent skills at the cutting edge of engineering management. They also benefit from GW’s many contacts with industry and governmental leaders. Students may choose from a thesis or non-thesis option for the master's degree. For details, go to Master of Science degree program.

The professional degree program is designed for students who seek in-depth study in their field beyond a master's degree but want to concentrate on applied subject material rather than on basic science. This post-master's program provides advanced study in preparation for pragmatic application and leads to the degree of engineer or of applied scientist. More information can be found at professional degree program.

Students may also elect to study for a graduate certificate in one of the following programs: emergency management and public health; engineering and technology management; homeland security emergency preparedness and response; and knowledge and information management. Students may transfer all of their certificate courses to the M.S. program if they decide to get a master's degree.  Additional details can be found at graduate certificate.

 

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – December 15 (Ph.D.); January 15 (M.S., Engr., and App.Sc.)
Spring – September 1
Summer* – March 1

Standardized test scores:

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. (Institution code 5246). Competitive quantitative scores are in the 90th+ percentile; competitive verbal scores are in the 70th+ percentile.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.  Minimum scores:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.5; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • PTE Academic: 68.

Recommendations required: 

Three (3). If possible, one of these recommendations should be from your advisor at the institution from which you earned your highest degree. M.S. applicants who do not wish to be considered for an assistantship or fellowship are not required to submit 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 must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If academic records are in a language other than English, a copy in the original language and an English language translation must be uploaded. Transcript evaluations should not be uploaded. Applicants with degrees from Indian universities should upload transcripts and/or detailed marksheets.

Statement of purpose:
 

M.S., Engr., and App.Sc.: In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University; describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans; and discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned.

Ph.D.: Please write a more comprehensive essay of 400 to 600 words, indicating your primary and supporting fields of study, your specialized interests, and the general subject area of your planned dissertation or professional project.

Additional requirements: 

M.S.: Bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of coursework.  A grade of B- or better in Math 1232 or its equivalent is prerequisite to all graduate programs offered by the Department. The Department requires that the applicant have a suitable bachelor's degree in an area such as engineering, a physical science, or mathematics.

Ph.D.: Applicants whose highest earned degree is a master’s degree should have a grade-point average of at least 3.5. Applicants without a master's degree must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

All applicants must choose an area of focus that most closely matches their interests and note this on the online application. Applicants to the doctoral program should identify one to three faculty members whose research interests most closely match their own and note this on the online application.

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.

* A limited number of doctoral applicants are accepted for the summer. Please contact the admissions office for details.  International applicants who require a visa from GW are eligible to apply for admission in fall and spring only (not summer).

For more information on the admission process, please visit the SEAS Frequently Asked Questions page

Contact for questions:
engineering@gwu.edu - 202.596.7239 - 202.994.1651 (fax)
9:00 – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Skype: GW Engineering