Frequently Asked Questions
- The George Washington University (GW) operates on trimesters, meaning our courses start three times throughout the year.
- Fall term: August
- Spring term: January
- Summer term: May
Online classes are designed to take the same amount of time as on-campus classes. They are taught by GW campus faculty members and have comparable assignments to campus programs that can be completed off-site. Each 3-credit hour course is expected to take between 18-20 hours for coursework per week. As an off-campus student, you also save time that on-campus students spend commuting.
No, you are not required to visit campus during the course of your studies.
No, you do not need to attend class at a specific time. Our online courses are designed to be asynchronous, giving flexibility to your accessibility. Assignments will have specified due dates that must be adhered to. Students are expected to attend weekly class sessions and participate in weekly class collaborations.
Yes, an academic advisor will work with you throughout the admissions process, scheduling classes and the course of your studies. GW also offers our online students 24/7 technical support.
Students in the Master’s programs may be eligible for financial aid. Students seeking graduate certificates are not eligible for federal financial aid. Contact a GW admissions advisor (844) 386-7323
Yes, GW is regionally accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
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