Admissions & Application

Application Deadlines

Fall admission (classroom-based program and online program)
   Priority deadline (application fee waived for complete applications submitted for the classroom-based program only) – May 15
   Complete applications accepted on a space-available basis through August 15
   Fall financial aid deadline – May 1

Spring admission (online program only)
   Priority deadline – September 15
   Complete applications accepted on a space-available basis through January 3
   Spring financial aid deadline – October 1

Summer admission (online program only)
   Priority deadline – February 15
   Complete applications accepted on a space-available basis through April 15
   Summer financial aid deadline – March 1


Admissions Information Master's Degree/Graduate Certificate

Students may begin in the graduate certificate program and apply those credits to the master’s degree should they choose to go on. The rigorous admissions standards are the same for both selective programs.

Applicants for either program must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.


Application Information

This program requires the submission of a completed application for admission. An online application system accepts all the required application materials electronically, except official transcripts and official test scores. Official test scores, if applicable, are sent to us directly from the appropriate testing organization upon your request. Official hard copy transcripts and documents that are not submitted online must be mailed to us at the following address:

The College of Professional Studies
Office of Admissions
The George Washington University
1925 Ballenger Ave, Suite 250
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: 703-299-9142    Email: applycps@gwu.edu

To be considered "official" transcripts, they must remain sealed in their envelope as they were by the issuing university. Transcripts will be considered unofficial if the envelope has been opened. 

Please note that recommendations and transcripts take several weeks to arrive. Please plan accordingly. 

Before you begin the online application, please read the detailed application instructions for the face-to-face program or for the online program at paralegalstudiesmasters.online.gwu.edu. Please contact the admissions office if you need assistance with the application.

If you are ready to apply, please click APPLY ONLINE to proceed directly to the online application and check the status of your application. 

Note: If you are applying to the master's degree in Paralegal Studies and graduate certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance combined program, you must indicate in your Statement of Purpose that you are applying to the master’s degree program in Paralegal Studies with the graduate certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance combined program.


Additional Application Information

If your first application is the master's degree in paralegal studies and you have been admitted and registered for the first class, email CPServeu@gwu.edu to also apply for the graduate certificate in paralegal studies.