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Flex-Start Program for SEAS MS Students

Starting Fall 2020, GW SEAS will be offering select admitted masters degree students in select programs the ability to start their MS degree program online through the Flex-Start program. The Flex-Start program is ideal for admitted students who may be impacted by travel restrictions or visa delays. Students who participate in the Flex-Start program will have the ability to take two or three courses online during the fall semester and then continue their studies in-person in Washington, DC starting the Spring 2021 semester (assuming they complete their fall courses in good academic standing and receive a valid F-1 visa prior to the start of the spring semester).

Who is eligible to participate in the Flex-Start Program? 

Students who have been admitted to the following on-campus master degree program for the Fall 2020 semester, but who are experiencing some type of visa delay, travel restrictions or concerns regarding relocating to the Washington, DC area. 

  • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Master of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Master of Science in Computer Science 
  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Data Analytics
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering 
  • Master of Science in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering Management
  • Master of Science in Systems Engineering

What courses are available online during the fall 2020 semester? 

Students have the option of enrolling in two or three courses online for the Fall 2020 semester. Students can not enroll in more than 3 courses (a total of 9 credit hours) online for the Fall 2020 semester. 

 

Students admitted to the MS Biomedical Engineering program will have the ability to register to take the following courses online for the Fall 2020 semester:

  • BME 6482: Medical Measurements
  • BME 6820: Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers
  • ECE 6015: Stochastic Processes in Engineering OR ECE 6800: Computational Techniques in Electrical Engineering 

For more information about these courses, please visit the GW University Bulletin.

 

Students admitted to the MS Civil & Environmental Engineering program will have the ability to register to take the following courses online for the Fall 2020 semester: 

  • CE 6505: Environmental Impact Assessment
  • CE 6202: Methods of Structural Analysis
  • CE 6205: Theory of Structural Stability
  • CE 6301: Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures

For more information about these courses, please visit the GW University Bulletin.

 

Students admitted to the MS Computer Science program will have the ability to register to take the following courses online for the Fall 2020 semester: 

  • CSCI 6212: Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • CSCI 6444: Introduction to Big Data and Analytics* 
  • CSCI 6451: Information Retrieval Systems* 

*Please note that CSCI 6212 is a co-requisite for CSCI 6451 or CSCI 6444 so students will need to be registered for CSCI 6212 in order to be able to take CSCI 6451 or CSCI 6444. 

For more information about these courses, please visit the GW University Bulletin

 

Students admitted to the MS Cybersecurity in Computer Science program will have the ability to register to take the following courses online for the fall 2020 semester: 

  • CSCI 6212: Design and Analysis of Algorithms (REQUIRED) 
  • CSCI 6444: Introduction to Big Data and Analytics* 
  • CSCI 6451: Information Retrieval Systems* 

*Please note that CSCI 6212 is a co-requisite for CSCI 6451 and CSCI 6444. Students will need to be registered for CSCI 6212 in order to be able to take CSCI 6451 or CSCI 6444. 

For more information about these courses, please visit the GW University Bulletin

 

Students admitted to the MS Data Analytics program will have the ability to register to take the following courses for the Fall 2020 semester:

  • EMSE 6765: Data Analysis for Engineers and Scientists 
  • EMSE 6574: Programming for Analytics 
  • SEAS 6401: Data Analytics Foundations and Practicum 

For more information about these courses including course descriptions, please visit the GW University Bulletin.

 

Students admitted to the MS Electrical Engineering OR the MS Computer Engineering program will have the ability to register to take the following courses to take online for the Fall 2020 semester: 

  • ECE 6015: Stochastic Processes Engineering 
  • ECE 6620: Electrical Power Systems
  • ECE 6800: Computational Techniques in Electrical Engineering 

For more information about these courses including course descriptions, please visit the GW University Bulletin

 

Students admitted to the MS Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering program will have the ability to register to take the following courses online for Fall 2020 semester: 

  • MAE 6286 - Numerical Solution Techniques in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • MAE 6243 - Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design
  • MAE 6221 - Fluid Mechanics
  • MAE 6262 - Energy Systems Analysis I 
  • MAE 6210 - Continuum Mechanics

For more information about these courses including course descriptions, please visit the GW University Bulletin.

 

Students admitted to the MS Engineering Management OR MS Systems Engineering program will have the ability to register to take the following courses online for Fall 2020 semester:

  • EMSE 6001: The Management of Technical Operations 
  • EMSE 6020: Decision Making with Uncertainty 
  • EMSE 6410: Survey of Finance and Engineering Economics 
  • EMSE 6801: Systems Engineering I 

For more information about these courses including course descriptions, please visit the GW University Bulletin.

 

Students should review their admissions letter and contact the Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services at [email protected] if they have any questions about the ability to complete any required prerequisite courses in the first semester.

I don’t know yet if I will be impacted by visa delays or travel restrictions. Do I need to register for Flex-Start now?

We understand that many factors affecting your arrival in the U.S. may be last-minute and unpredictable. If you are interested in considering this option for the fall semester, please complete the required form below to receive further information. We will work with each admitted student on a case by case basis to identify the right plan of action and deadlines for moving forward. You will still have the option to pursue your studies on-campus if circumstances allow!

Will the EAP course be offered online? 

If there is information on your admissions letter notifying you that you are required to take English for Academic Purpose (EAP), there are two options for students to take EAP online: 

Summer 2020 Online EAP: Students can register to take EAP online during the summer session II from June 29-August 8, 2020. For more information about summer EAP, please visit the summer programs website

Fall 2020 Online EAP: Students will have the opportunity to register for EAP online during the Fall 2020 semester. Students who elect to take online EAP in the fall will only be eligible to register for 2 other classes for a total of 9 credit hours of online coursework during the Fall 2020 semester.

Will I still receive an I-20 form for the Fall 2020 semester if I participate in Flex-Start? 

Students who enroll in the Flex-Start program will receive an I-20 form from GW. We will work with students on a case-by-case basis to determine when they will receive their I-20 form and what start date will be listed.

I’m interested in learning more about the Flex-Start Program option. Where can I find out more information?

Please complete the following form if you’re interested in learning more about the Flex-Start program and an administrator from the SEAS Office of Graduate Admissions & Student Services will follow up with additional information: