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To provide support during the application process, the George Washington University has created a timeline for the Master of Professional Studies program application. Created to make the process streamlined and efficient, GW hopes that you will find it useful to help accelerate collecting and submitting the required documents.

Example Timeline
Request Official Transcripts 30 minutes
Collect Unofficial Transcripts 30 minutes
Request Recommendation Letters 1 hour
Update Resume 15 minutes-3 hours
Complete FAFSA/ Military Benefits 2 hours*
Write the Statement of Purpose 1-2 hours
Mail All Documents to Admissions 30 minutes
Complete Application 30 minutes–1 hour

*Be sure to have your most recent tax returns in front of you and choose to receive your PIN by email.


The George Washington University encourages you to submit unofficial transcripts to evaluate your credentials. This will help accelerate the review process.

One official transcript sent directly from the registrar of each of the institutions attended and applicable to your undergraduate degree will be needed to finalize your application.


For consideration into a Master of Professional Studies program, you must submit two professional references, including one from a current supervisor, if possible. If not currently employed, a past supervisor will work.

  • Letters must be personally written and received from the individual's references, who may be contacted by GW Admissions personnel.
  • Each individual candidate should select a reference that can speak to the candidate's experience, knowledge and competencies in the areas of Homeland Security.


Please provide a current résumé that clearly demonstrates your experience in a security or safety role, including volunteer and military. It should detail how you have fulfilled the required 2 years of total experience.

Statement of Purpose

To be considered for a Master of Professional Studies program, you are required to submit a Statement of Purpose. Comprising approximately 250 to 500 words, the statement must consist of your purpose for undertaking study in the program.

The essay should outline your academic objectives and career plans. Consider this your interview for acceptance into the program and use this document as an opportunity to explain why you should be considered for the program, demonstrate how you can help the class and list any volunteer work that you performed in the security or safety field.

Transfer Credits

Students wishing to transfer credits must provide an official transcript and may need to provide other documentation of previous coursework. Transfer credits must come from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Any course transferred to GW requires a grade of C or higher. The maximum number of credits that may be transferred is 9 credits toward the core of your degree.


English language proficiency must be demonstrated by any candidate whose native language is not English or who is not a citizen of a country where English is the official language or who does not hold a degree from a university located in a country in which English is the official language, and also the language of the instruction at the university, regardless of recent work history. Applicants must take and provide scores of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

GW does not provide accommodation for online applicants who cannot come to campus to take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) test and classes. Such applicants would have to meet higher English as a Foreign Language (EFL) minimum requirements for admission.

Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0 is required.

TOEFL: a 600 paper-based or 100 Internet-based exam score is required.

GW’s TOEFL code is 5246.

TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years after the test is administered.

Foreign Credit Evaluation

The George Washington University welcomes international applicants. Applicants who earned their bachelor’s degrees from foreign colleges or universities must utilize foreign credential evaluation services acceptable to the George Washington University to have an official detailed evaluation performed of their undergraduate transcript(s).

For a list of acceptable evaluation services, please refer to