Admissions & Application

Application Deadlines

Spring admission - October 1 (Off-campus: Arlington Education Center) 


Admissions Information

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Landscapes must have:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education 
  • Normally, a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 point scale) is required
  • Completion of GW's Graduate Certificate In Landscape Design

Or

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education 
  • Normally, a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 point scale) is required
  • Completion of GW's noncredit Landscape Design Certificate Program
  • Submission of a portfolio showing evidence of sufficient training and/or experience in landscape design to complete advanced coursework in the field
  • Submission of one letter of recommendation supporting two years of professional experience

Or

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education 
  • Normally, a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 point scale) is required
  • Submission of a portfolio showing evidence of sufficient training and/or experience in landscape design to complete advanced coursework in the field
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation supporting two years of professional experience

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:

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. Please contact the admissions office if you need assistance with the application. 

 

If you are ready to apply, you can proceed directly to the online application and check the status of your application. 


Transfer Credit, Waivers, and Advanced Standing

Transfer of credit will be allowed on a case-by-case basis. A maximum of one-quarter of the credit hours of graduate course work required for the graduate certificate may be approved for transfer to a graduate certificate program from enrollment at GW in non-degree status or from another degree-granting school of this University or another accredited college or university. For a transfer of credit to be approved, all the following criteria must be met:

  • The course work must have been taken within (two) years prior to admission to the certificate program.
  • Student must have received a grade of B or higher in each course for which transfer credit is sought.
  • The course work must be approved by the academic program director as applying towards program requirements.
  • The course work must be at a graduate level or at a junior or senior undergraduate level.
  • Credit applied toward a previous degree may not be transferred.

Certificate Completion Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Landscapes, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or higher. Students are expected to be continuously enrolled and actively engaged in fulfilling the requirements of the program each semester. Students must complete the program within five (5) years of admission. Requests for leave of absence and other interruptions of course work should be submitted in writing to the program office of the College of Professional Studies.