Engineering Management

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Master of Science (M.S.), Applied Scientist (App.Sc.), Engineer (Engr.), Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Online Learning

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.

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.

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.


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 to the main GW campus (Institution code 5246). For application to the online cohort programs, GRE and GMAT scores are not required, but can be submitted to strengthen the application.

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: 

PhD Program: Three recommendations required.

MS program: Two recommendations for applicants.

D.Eng. programs: Three recommendations required.

All 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.

D.Eng.: The Statement of purpose essay is optional. 

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.

D.Eng.: Master’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0. scale; two or more college-level calculus courses passed with grades of B- or better; five years of relevant professional experience; and suitable bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, applied science, mathematics, computer science, physics or a related field are required (see for further detail). 

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.

All applicants must submit a resumeĢ or CV. Applicants to the on–campus Ph.D. program should identify one to three faculty members whose research interests most closely match their own and note this on the online application. All on-campus applicants must choose an area of focus that most closely matches their interests 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)
9:00 – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Skype: GW Engineering