International Admissions

Applicants with an academic history outside of the USA might be required to fulfill additional requirements in order to be considered for admission to a graduate program at the School of Engineering & Applied Science. Please click on the following options below to learn more about these requirements.

English Language Exam Requirements

  • Applicants who have not completed a post-secondary degree from a US institution are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or PTE Academic scores to SEAS to be considered for admission.

  • Scores may not be more than two years old.

  • TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo all administer at-home testing options.

Minimum Score Requirements

IELTS

  • 6.0 overall with no individual score below 5.0.
  • Applicants to the graduate program in Data Analytics are required to have a minimum score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0.
  • Applicants to the graduate programs in Engineering Management are required to have a minimum score of 6.5 with no individual score below 5.5.
  • Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0.

TOEFL

  • 80 on the Internet exam (iBT) or 550 on the paper exam
  • Applicants to the graduate program in Data Analytics are required to have a minimum score of 100 on the Internet exam.
  • Applicants to the graduate programs in Engineering Management are required to have a minimum score of 90 on the Internet exam.
  • Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have a 600 on the paper-based exam or 100 on the Internet-based exam.

Duolingo English Test

Attention Spring 2023 applicants: The Duolingo English Test Score minimum test scores to be considered for admission are as follows:

  • 110 score or higher on the Duolingo English Test.
  • Applicants to the graduate programs in Data Analytics are required to have a minimum score of 120 on the Duolingo English Test.
  • Applicants to the graduate programs in Engineering Management are required to have a minimum score of 115 on the Duolingo English Test
  • Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have a score of 120 or higher on the Duolingo English Test.

Attention Fall 2023 applicants: The Duolingo English Test Scores for applicants for the Fall 2023 semester will be changing to the following: 

  • 115 score or higher on the Duolingo English Test.
  • Applicants to the graduate programs in Data Analytics are required to have a minimum score of 130 on the Duolingo English Test.
  • Applicants to the graduate programs in Engineering Management are required to have a minimum score of 120 on the Duolingo English Test.
  • Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have a score of 130 or higher on the Duolingo English Test.

PTE Academic

  • 53. Applicants who would like to be considered for funding opportunities must have a minimum score of 68.

Exceptions

Exceptions are granted to applicants who:

  • Hold (or will earn before matriculation) a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction AND the official language of the country in which the university is located.

  • Hold (or will earn before matriculation) a combined bachelor’s degree where a minimum of 2 years were completed at an institution in which English is the language of instruction AND the official language of the country in which the university is located.

  • Hold (or will earn before matriculation) a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from an institution located in a country that qualifies for the English language exam exemption.List of exempted countries

If you are unsure whether you qualify for an exception, please contact us at [email protected].

International students who have a TOEFL score below 100, an IELTS score below a 7.0 (with no individual band score below a 6.0) or a Duolingo English Test score below 120* are required to satisfactorily complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course in the first semester.  Your admission letter will indicate which EAP course you are required to take.

  • EAP 6110: Academic Writing and Research I (3 credits)
  • EAP 6111: Academic Writing and Research II (3 credits)

You will take a short exam in the first class of the semester to ensure you are in the correct EAP course.  You may need to change EAP courses if the results of your exam indicate another course is better suited for you.

EAP course credits do not count towards your degree credit requirements or your degree GPA.  If you do not successfully complete the EAP course, you may be required to take the course again, or you may be put on academic probation or terminated from your degree program.

*Starting Fall 2023, international students who submit a Duolingo English Test score below a 130 will be required to complete the EAP course requirement. 

For additional information on the content of each course, please visit the EAP website.

  • For IELTS: GW accepts electronic or paper Test Report Forms directly from IELTS. Please follow instructions on the IELTS website to submit your scores electronically or by mail to us at the address below. Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected] with a PDF of your score report including the TRF number.
  • For TOEFL: Please follow the instructions outlined by ETS. Use institution code 5246 when sending scores to GW. 
  • For PTE Academic: Please follow the instructions outlined by Pearson to send scores reports to GW. No institution code is required.
  • For Duolingo English Test: Please follow the instructions outlined by Duolingo. Select "The George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science" when sending scores to GW.

If you elect to send any of your test score reports by mail, please send them to the address below and our team will verify the scores with the corresponding test administration:

School of Engineering & Applied Science
Office of Graduate Admissions & Student Services
800 22nd St. NW, Suite 2500
Washington, DC 20052 

  • All transcripts must be scanned and attached to the online application formPlease do not mail hard copies of transcripts during the application process.
  • Applicants who attended and/or received a degree from a foreign institution must submit transcripts in English as well as the original language.
  • Applicants who attended an institution in which English was the primary language of instruction, but not situated in an English-speaking country, must also submit transcripts in both English and the original language.
    • For transcripts from institutions in India: please scan individual marksheets demonstrating the grade received in each course for each semester.
  • SEAS does not accept transcript evaluations by third-party organizations (ex. WES) in place of the original transcripts from the institution.

It is not mandatory to submit the visa request form or other visa-related documents as part of the application package.

Although there is a section on the application where you can upload these documents, it is not necessary to do so. You will only be required to provide these documents once you have received admission to SEAS and accepted your admissions offer. Providing or not providing these documents does not penalize or delay your application's review in any way.