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Applying for Admission

All applicants must complete the GW Online Application. Submit an application via the GW Online Application.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. This fee is waived only for the following applicants:

  • U.S. military personnel who have been on active duty within three years of submitting their application for admission
  • GW alumni (those holding a GW degree or graduate certificate)
  • Current degree or graduate certificate candidates at GW
  • Current McNair Program Scholars (a completed Certification of McNair Program Participation and Application Fee Waiver form must be submitted with your application)

Application Deadline.

  • Spring Entry: Dec 10

  • Summer Entry: April 5

  • Fall Entry: Aug 7

General Admission Requirements

1. Resume - Attach your current resume or CV. Active-duty military do not need to submit a resume - upload an unofficial JST or CCAF.

2. Official Transcripts

Please submit official military transcripts (e.g. JST, CCAF).

Please submit an official transcript from every college and university you attended, whether or not a degree was earned. 

Please request electronic delivery of an Official digital version to

Or if they only mail them:

2600 Virginia Avenue NW
Suite 104
Washington, DC 20037

All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency.

3. Recommendations

One letter of recommendation is required for undergraduate students. The recommendations must be submitted through the GW Online Application. Letters of recommendation should be from:

  • Individuals who served in a supervisory capacity for you and who can strongly attest to your work ethic, and/or
  • Academic instructors who can strongly attest to your academic ability

Recommendations are not acceptable from family members and friends.

4. Statement of Purpose

Please include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at The George Washington University, and your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications (especially your international experience), including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

5. English Language Test

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to submit official test scores for either Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearsons Test of English (PTE) Academic or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration:

  • TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based
  • PTE: overall score of 68
  • IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.

Applicants may be exempted from the English Language Test on a case-by-case basis. The advisor should contact the Admissions Office on behalf of the student for a review. All guaranteed admission agreement students are exempted from the English Language requirement.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

BSHS in GLDR Degree Program

1. 45-60 credits of transferable coursework

The course work must include three credits of English Composition and fall under one of the following categories:

  • Academic, college-level course work completed at a regionally accredited institution and earned with a C or better (C- grades and lower do not transfer)
  • Advanced standing awarded for clinical training
  • Academic credit awarded for college-level, ACE recognized military courses

2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

3. Eligible candidates should have a basis in providing health care in rural and remote settings, or experience with disaster planning and relief.

4. Verification of high school graduation or completion of GED. Please submit high school transcripts, copy of high school diploma, or copy of GED. For military students, if your service record indicates completion of high school or GED, we will accept this as verification. Please contact the program office with questions.

Eligibility for Active-Duty Military Discounted Tuition Rate

A discounted tuition rate is available for active-duty service members in our distance education Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) programs. Please see the Tuition & Financial Aid page for more information on program rates. In order to receive this rate, your program must receive the following documents during the admission process. If your status changes during your program, please contact your GW program advisor.

For students on active-duty, we need:

(a) Copy of Enlistment Contract AND
(b) Statement from the Personnel Section (e.g. S-1 Army, N-1 Navy) providing current employment and end date of the enlistment contract. (See example)

For active-duty personnel who will retire or separate before they complete their program, the discounted rate is granted during the enrollment period that aligns with the contract. Students will be returned to the standard DE rate once they retire or separate.

For Reserve and National Guard who have been activated, we need: 

(a) Orders for Mobilization OR
(b) Orders for Active Duty for Training (Annual Training not included)

For Reserve and National Guard, the discounted rate is granted during the enrollment period that aligns with the orders. Students will be returned to the standard DE rate once the orders expire.
Note: Orders must align with the enrollment period to be eligible. For example, orders for active status for a few days of the semester would not be eligible for the discounted rate during that semester. Please contact the program office if you have questions.

Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

If you wish to take an individual course offered by this program, please contact the program directly.

Transferring Credits

For more information about transferring in credits as an incoming student, please refer to the Curriculum page for the program to which you are applying.