Frequently Asked Questions

  • When can I start classes?
    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
  • How much time do online classes take?

    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.

  • Do online programs have a campus residency requirement?

    No, you are not required to visit campus during the course of your studies.

  • Are classes held at a specific time?

    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.

  • Are there any support resources available to me during the program?

    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.

  • Can I get financial aid?

    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

  • Is GW accredited?

    Yes, GW is regionally accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

  • How do I start the application process?

    Click here to begin the application process.

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