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Frequently Asked Questions
BEFORE YOU APPLY
Can the GRE requirement, if applicable, be waived? (Only for Graduate applicants)
The GRE will be automatically waived with a prior, earned terminal degree from regionally accredited institution of higher learning such as a J.D., M.D. or Ph.D.
Who is required to submit English Language test (ELT) scores?
English Language test scores, such as the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores are required for applicants who are not citizens of countries where English is the official language. In addition to the United States, the countries where English is the official language are listed here.
Exceptions to this policy may be granted to graduate applicants who:
- Hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction and the official language of the country in which the university is located, or
- Hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from an institution that is accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency (see list of acceptable schools).
Additionally, applicants to the LL.M. or S.J.D. program whose first law degree was taught solely in English are not required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores.
Exceptions to this policy may be granted to undergraduate applicants who:
- Hold a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction and the official language of the country in which the university is located.
What are the minimum English Language test (ELT) scores required to be considered for admission?
For applicants applying to Blended programs (Healthcare Corporate Compliance, Law Firm Management, Organization Performance Improvement and Public Leadership) and Online Education programs, the minimum English Language test (ELT) scores for admission consideration are:
a. TOEFL: 600 on Paper-based or 100 on the Internet-based test
b. Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0
c. Academic PTE: 68
Scores below these will not be accepted for admission consideration.
For applicants applying for programs that are considered face-to-face (neither Online Education nor Blended), the minimum TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores for admission consideration are:
a. TOEFL: 550 on Paper-based or 80 on Internet-based test.
b. Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual band below 5.0
c. Academic PTE: 53
Scores below these will not be accepted for admission consideration.
In their first semester at GW, international students are required to register for an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course. The EAP course that is required will be indicated in the student’s letter of admission. In the first EAP class meeting, students will be given the EAP Diagnostic Test in order to confirm their correct EAP placement. Students assigned EAP courses should anticipate additional tuition expenses as well as a possible extended period of time required to complete their degree programs.
Students with the following English-language scores are exempt from taking EAP courses:
a. Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0.
b. TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based.
c. PTE Academic: 68.
What is an international transcript evaluation, and do I need one?
All students that attended an institution outside of the United States must provide a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation. This evaluation is not just an English translation, but a document provided by an accredited evaluating agency that shows all grades, course titles, credit hours, United States degree equivalency, grade-point average (GPA), and date of degree conferral. A list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services is available through National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Credentials evaluations are also accepted from AACRAO.
Should I still apply if my --
(Only for Graduate applicants) Undergraduate GPA is below 3.0?
(Only for IIST applicants) GPA for an associate’s degree/at least 60 transferrable credit hours is below 2.7?
If your overall GPA is below the required minimum for admissions, there may be other considerations that may work in your favor. A strong performance in the GRE (only for Graduate applicants), strong letters of recommendation, proper fit with the program, professional experience, and exposure to the field of interest are taken into consideration.
What is the tuition for my program? You can find the current tuition rates for CPS graduate programs at http://studentaccounts.gwu.edu/tuition-rates , and Bachelor’s programs in Integrated Information, Science and Technology (IIST) at https://cps.gwu.edu/bachelors-completion/tuition and Police and Security Studies at https://cps.gwu.edu/tuition-10
Can the application fee be waived?
The application fee is waived only for current GW degree candidates, GW alumni, current McNair scholars, and U.S. military personnel who have been on active duty within three years of submitting their application for admission. All other applicants must submit the application fee. Applications submitted without the fee will not be considered for admission. The application fee is non-refundable.
To what address do I mail hard copies of application documents like transcripts, recommendations, etc.
These documents should be mailed directly to:
GW College of Professional Studies
Office of Admissions
1925 Ballenger Ave, Suite 250
Alexandria, VA 22314
How should I submit my GRE scores? (Only for Graduate applicants)
To have your GRE scores be reported to us, please provide ETS the institutional code of 5246. GRE scores expire five years after test date.
How should I submit my TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores?
To have your TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores be reported to us, please provide ETS the institutional code of 5246 for TOEFL. An institutional code is not required for IELTS or PTE. TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE scores expire two years after test date.
My recommender needs to complete my letter of recommendation online but has lost the email containing the link to the online recommendation. How can I send the recommender another email with instructions on how to submit the recommendation online?
To send a reminder to one of your recommenders, log into your online application, then click on the “Application for Admission” link. On the left side of the screen, select “Recommendations.” Click on the “Recommendation Provider List” button to display the names of your recommenders, select the recommender in question and click the “resend” button.
I’ve already submitted my application but forgot to upload my statement of purpose. How can I add a document to my application once it has been submitted?
You will not be able to make changes to your application after you’ve submitted. Although we request that you submit your application only after it is fully complete and accurate, we will assist you to upload additional documents as needed. Please contact your admissions counselor to make changes to your application.
AFTER YOU’VE APPLIED
How do I check the status of my application?
You can check the status of your application at any time using your User Name and Password, by logging back into the online application system at https://gw.force.com.
When will I receive a decision to my application?
You will be notified that your decision can be viewed online about four to six weeks after your application was completed.
How will I receive notification of my decision?
Once a decision has been made on your application you will receive an email from CPS. The email will ask you to log back in to your application account online where you will be able to view your decision. After this, you will receive official notice of your decision in the mail.
My application has been denied. Can I reapply?
The committee bases all decisions on the applicant’s entire package -- GPA, transcripts, resume, statement of purpose, and recommendations. Students who are denied admission may reapply in one year. Unless there is a significant change from the original application, it is highly unlikely that the original decision of the Admissions Committee will be reversed.
May I defer my admission to the College of Professional Studies?
Admitted students may defer up to one year past their original intended entry date. Thus, if a student was admitted to the fall 2015 semester, the latest semester they could defer to would be fall 2016. After one year, students must reapply. To defer admission, please indicate deferral in your online enrollment reply form, or send an email including your decision to defer and intended entry date to: email@example.com.
Can I review my application materials after I have submitted them?
Application materials can only be reviewed after you have been admitted and enrolled as a student at GW, and not as an applicant who did not enroll. In addition, the recommendation letters can be accessed or viewed only if you have not waived your right to access or view them.
Can I get copies of my application materials after I have submitted them?
No. While you can view your application materials per policy indicated above, we are prohibited from releasing copies of your application materials. Similarly, your application materials cannot be returned to you. All applications and supporting documents become the property of The George Washington University and cannot be returned.
How do I apply for financial aid?
Please check “yes” to question #18 on the application. This will prompt the GW Office of Student Financial Assistance office to send you the financial aid forms. You can contact the GW Office of Student Financial Assistance for information about loan options and other available forms of financial aid:
On the web: http://colonialcentral.gwu.edu
By phone: 202.994.6620
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You must be a US citizen, permanent resident, or refugee to apply for need-based financial aid.
The priority deadlines for completing your application for Federal Stafford, Graduate PLUS, and/or alternative loan funding are listed below. Completing your application by these dates will ensure that your loan funds will arrive at the beginning of the requested semester(s).
Fall May 1st
Spring October 1st
Summer March 1st
I qualify for Veterans benefits. How do I start this process?
Please contact the GW Veterans Benefit Office:
On the web: http://colonialcentral.gwu.edu (the link to Veterans Services is on the left side of the page)
By Email: email@example.com
By Phone: 202.994.9570
May I view my recommendations?
Yes, you may view your recommendations only if you have not waived your right to view them. Please note that this only applies to GW enrolled students, not applicants.
Can I get copies of my application materials after they have been submitted?
No. Although you may view your application materials, only after you have been admitted and have enrolled as a student at GW, we are prohibited from releasing copies of your application materials. As mentioned above, recommendations may be viewed if you have not waived your right to view them and you are a GW enrolled student. All applications and supporting documents become the property of The George Washington University and cannot be returned.
Am I able to apply to more than one program?
Yes, you may apply to more than one program but you need to create a separate online account and submit a separate application and fee for each program that you apply. However, if admitted to both programs, you should accept offer of admission from and register to only one program unless an approved dual-degree program is in effect.
I am a current CPS student or alumnus, but I want to apply to another program. Can I re-use any of my official documents from my earlier application?
Applicants may re-use some of their documents from a previous application within one calendar year from the entry term of the previous application. Other materials may need to be updated, so please check with the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can I contact if I have additional questions/concerns?
Contact our Admissions office via email at email@example.com. Please include the name of the program you are interested in in the subject line.