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Candidates considered for admission to The Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security or the Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management program will be evaluated on the basis of a Bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale) from a regionally accredited college or university, personal statement of purpose for embarking on the program, application, work experience, and letters of reference. The applicant must possess an academic record of achievement and have 2 years of experience in the security or safety professions. Volunteer and military experience may also be considered.

Candidates must also have approximately 2 or more years of relevant experience. Candidates with less than a 3.0 GPA may be considered on an individual basis and should speak with an Admissions Advisor at 844.302.1428 (Toll Free).

This online process allows you to submit your graduate application and electronically send request for letters of recommendations.

Program Dates Application Deadline* Program Start
Cybersecurity June 15th August 27th
Homeland Security June 1st August 27th
A completed GW application and a $75 nonrefundable application fee are required for admission. Application fee is waived only for the following applicants:
  • GW graduates.
  • Current degree or graduate certificate candidates at GW.
  • Military personnel who have been on active duty within the past three years.
  • Current McNair Program Scholars.
Along with the application and application fee, you must also submit:
  • Proof of employment as a safety and/or security professional.
  • An official or certified transcript from each institution of higher education attended, whether a degree was earned or not. A detailed evaluation is required for an international transcript showing all coursework, grades, and proof of the earned degree from the non-U.S. institution attended. The evaluation should also determine whether the degree earned is equivalent to a U.S. degree.
  • Current resume.
  • Statement of Purpose — a 250- to 500-word essay outlining the student's academic objectives and career plans.
  • Two professional references, including one from a current supervisor, if possible.
  • Official scores from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), if applicable.

*Completed applications awaiting supporting documentation may be reviewed for a short period after the deadline, space permitting.