Applying for Admission
All applicants must complete the GW Online Application. The University is transitioning to a new online application system during summer 2016.
If you are:
(1) Applying for summer 2016 or fall 2016, please complete the current GW Online Application. You will create an account and receive a PIN and password so that you may work on your application over a period of time.
(2) Applying for spring 2017 or beyond, please submit an application via the new GW Online Application.
- Spring Entry: November 1
- Summer Entry: April 15
- Fall Entry: July 15
A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. This fee is waived only for the following applicants:
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)
U.S. military personnel who have been on active duty within three years of submitting their application for admission
General Admission Requirements
1. Minimum GPA of 2.50
One letter of recommendation is required and must be submitted through the GW Online Application. The letter of recommendation should be from:
Academic instructors who can strongly attest to your academic ability, or
Individuals who served in a supervisory capacity for you and who can strongly attest to your work ethic
Recommendations are not acceptable from family members and friends.
3. Official transcripts
Please submit an official transcript from every college and university you attended, whether or not a degree was earned, to the following address:
The George Washington University
Health Sciences Programs
Office of Admissions
2100 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.,
Washington, DC 20037
All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Evaluations are also accepted from AACRAO.
4. Sixty (60) semester hours of transferable coursework from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 2.5. The coursework must be earned with a C or better (C- grades and lower do not transfer) and include the following:
- English Composition (3 credits)
- Humanities (3 credits)
- Social Sciences (6 credits); Psychology recommended
- Biology with lab (4 credits); Anatomy and Physiology with lab are acceptable
- Statistics (3 credits)
- Electives (41 credits) - additional biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and cognitive science are recommended
Coursework taken more than seven years prior to beginning the program must be updated. Applicants needing to update coursework should contact the program for specific requirements.
5. Statement of Purpose
Please include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at The George Washington University, your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.
6. 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 6.0
International applicants who meet the following conditions may be considered for admission without submitting TOEFL, PTE or IELTS or scores:
They are a citizen of countries where English is the official language (as identified by GW ISO list of Exempt countries) OR
They hold at least a bachelor degree from a country where English is the official language as well as language of instruction OR
They hold at least a bachelor degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency
7. International Applicants
Due to new U.S. federal government regulations, all international applicants should apply at least six months in advance of the application deadline. Additionally, all international applicants must review the information regarding Visa Requests and Financial Certification.
For more information about transferring in credits as an incoming student, please refer to the Curriculum page for degree to which you are applying.