Electrical Engineering

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, Online Learning

Program Overview

GW's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees and two professional degrees (engineer and applied scientist) in electrical engineering. Graduate students choose focus areas from the following: applied electromagnetics; communications and networks; electrical power and energy; electronic, photonics, and MEMS (VLSI systems and microelectronics); signal and image processing; systems and controls. Our location in Washington, D.C.—home to one of the nation's largest concentrations of high-technology enterprises—gives our students and faculty access to new advances in technology through government agencies, private industry and defense centers.

GW’s doctoral program is designed to prepare students for careers of creative scholarship by providing focused knowledge in the students’ chosen area of specialty and guidance for research.

Students in our master’s program benefit from a flexible schedule that includes both late afternoon and evening classes. Additionally, students may choose a thesis or non-thesis option.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – January 15
Spring – September 1
Summer* – March 1

Standardized test scores:

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. (Institution code 5246). Average scores for our Fall 2014 incoming class were: 161 (Q), 148 (V), and 3 (W).

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 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; applicants requesting funding consideration must have an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based; applicants requesting funding consideration must have 600 on paper-based; or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • PTE Academic: 53; applicants requesting funding consideration must have 68.

Applicants with lower test scores may qualify for our full-time Applied English Studies program.

Recommendations required: 

Three (3) recommendations required for Ph.D. applicants and two (2) recommendation required for M.S. applicants applying for fellowships/assistantships. Two (2) recommendations required of all other applicants. If possible, one recommendation should be from your advisor at the institution from which you earned your highest degree.

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.-Main Campus: Applicant must possess a B.S. in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for the last 60 credits of undergraduate work. Students with a B.S. in another field may be admitted with a set of deficiency courses to be determined by the department.


  • Minimum grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher
  • Grade of B- or better in two college calculus courses. Applicants who do not meet this requirement in full but are otherwise qualified may be conditionally admitted and required to take an additional 3-credit hour course, EMSE 4197 — Special Topics: Quantitative Methods in Engineering Management, during the first year of graduate study.
  • Received a bachelor’s degree in engineering, a physical science, mathematics, computer science, business administration, or information technology from a regionally accredited institution


Ph.D.: Applicant must posses a baccalaureate or master’s degree in an appropriate area from an accredited institution. Students whose highest degree is a bachelor's must have a grade point average of at least 3.3 (on a scale of 4.0); students whose highest degree is a master’s degree must have a grade point average of at least 3.4 (on a scale of 4.0).

All applicants must choose an area of focus that most closely matches their interests and note this on the online application. All applicants must submit a resumé or CV. 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:
[email protected] - 202.994.1802 - 202.994.1651 (fax)
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