Combined Five-Year Program Application Requirements

Before You Apply

Please check the qualifications and list of approved programs to make sure you are eligible for admission to the desired program. 

Steps to Apply

  1. Create an online application account.
  2. On the application form, check off “Joint Degree” and select “Combined/Five Year Program” under Other GW Programs.
  3. Indicate the semester of application to the next upcoming Fall semester, NOT the semester in which you will actually enroll. (Example: If you want to begin the master’s program in Fall 2019, submit your application for Fall 2018 instead. This is done so that you can receive your admissions decision prior to completing your bachelor’s degree. You will be contacted later to defer your enrollment to the actual semester you wish to begin).
  4. Attach the following materials to the application:
    1. Unofficial copies of GW transcripts (screenshots from Banweb are OK).
    2. Unofficial copies of transcripts from any courses taken for credit outside of GW, regardless of whether the courses were transferred and applied toward your GW bachelor’s degree.
    3. Statement of purpose (250-500 words) in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
    4. Two letters of recommendation.
  5. Request the application fee waiver prior to submitting the application.
  6. Submit the application and email engineering@gwu.edu indicating that you are applying for a Five-Year Program and requesting an application fee waiver. 

Application Timeline to Begin Program in Fall 2019

Spring 2018

This should be the spring semester of your junior year, or the point at which you obtain 75-90 credit hours.

  • Apply online for your desired master’s program.
  • Indicate semester of program entry to one year AFTER the next upcoming fall semester (eg. To begin the master’s program in Fall 2019, submit your application for Fall 2018).
  • Deadline to apply: March 1, 2018.

Between March 15-April 30, you should receive an admissions offer. Please accept and request to defer admission to Fall 2019.

Fall 2018

This should be the fall semester of your senior year. At some point during the semester, make sure you schedule an appointment with a SEAS Graduate Professional Advisor to ensure that you enroll in the right courses for Spring 2018 that can “double count” toward your master’s degree.

Spring 2019

This should be your graduation semester. Make sure you:

  • Apply to graduate from your undergraduate program by May. This is done through the Registrar's office.
  • Enroll in the right classes that will “double count” toward your master’s degree. You can schedule an appointment with a SEAS Graduate Professional Advisor to make sure.

*Note: During this time, you may experience holds on your account due to the system undergoing updates to transfer your record to the graduate level. If this occurs, please contact seasgrad@gwu.edu