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Who would benefit most from obtaining the MS in Government Contracts?
The program is designed to give working professionals the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the world of Federal acquisition, and is intended for professionals from a variety of acquisition-related jobs in both Government and private industry. This includes contracting officers, contract and subcontract managers specialists/ administrators, project and program managers, cost/pricing analysts and cost estimators, business development/capture managers/proposal managers, attorneys, and technical representatives. Anyone who in involved in or works under government contracts will benefit from this program.
Who awards the MS in Government Contracts degree?
The degree is awarded by The George Washington University. Students apply for admission to the GW School of Business, and attend classes at the GW School of Business and the GW Law School.
Why are there two schools involved?
The MS in Government Contracts degree is unique, combining the strengths of two, highly rated schools within GW. The Law School (top 20 in Law Schools in the U.S.) provides government procurement law courses, taught by recognized experts in federal acquisition including Associate Dean Dan Gordon and Professor Steven Schooner. The School of Business (top 35 in Part-Time Graduate Business Programs in the U.S.) provides core business courses, taught by recognized experts in international business including
How long can I take to complete the degree?
Most students will be working towards the MS in Government Contracts degree as part-time students, attending classes and weekends. In accordance with GW School of Business policy,
How much is the tuition?
Total tuition for the 36 credit degree program is approximately $48,000. GW offers a wide range of financial assistance to its students, including Assistantships, Fellowships & Scholarships, Research Funding, Federal Work Study, Loans, and other types of assistance.
When can I start taking classes?
As early as August 2012! But you must submit all application documentation no later than July 31 in order to be admitted in time to take classes this fall. Applications for Spring 2013 admissions (classes start in January 2013) are being accepted now.
What background do students need to qualify for admission to the MSGC program?
While a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university along with at least 3 years of full-time professional work experience is required, we do not require a specific industry or academic background to apply. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, including aerospace, defense, homeland security, engineering, IT, construction, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, government, and more.
How many times a year does the program accept new students?
New students are accepted twice a year: for the Fall semester and for the Spring semester. Please see the admissions page for more details about specific deadlines.
Is the GMAT/GRE required for all students?
Yes, the GMAT or GRE is required for students wishing to apply to the MSGC program. However, the GMAT/GRE requirement is waived for students with more than seven years of full-time, relevant professional work experience. Please note that the admissions committee reserves the right to ask you to submit a GMAT/GRE score if it could increase your chance of admission.
To apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver, a student must submit the GMAT/GRE waiver application along with the documentation to support the application.
How long does it take to reach an admission decision?
Once the application file has been marked complete, it is sent onto the admissions committee for review. Applicants will be notified once their files are complete, and most receive the admissions decision by mail within two to three weeks.
Where should I have my transcripts and other application materials sent?
You should have ALL mail sent to the following address:
GW MS in Government Contracts Program
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
What is the length of the program?
The MSGC consists of 36 credit hours. Students have up to five years to complete the program. Students who enroll in the program on a full-time basis (6-9 credit hours per semester) should complete the degree in two years.
What is an academic semester?
An academic semester for the Fall runs from late August through mid-December. For the spring, the academic semester runs from mid-January through early May. The summer terms, of which there are two, are not a required enrollment period to maintain your status as a full-time student or for financial aid purposes.
Since some of our program is completed in modular format, some courses are 1.5 credit hours and run for half of the 14 week semester.These 1.5 credit courses begin the first week of classes and the 8th week of classes. The 3 credits courses run the entire 14 week semester.
When and where do classes meet?
Because the MSGC program is designed for working individuals, all of our campus classes are held in the evenings during the week and occasionally on Saturday mornings. Classes meet at either the Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC or at the Arlington Campus.
Can I complete the MSGC degree online?
At this time, students cannot complete all program requirements online. Most of the core business courses are available online, but the procurement law courses must be taken on campus. GW is assessing plans for offering the entire MSGC program in online format in the near future.
What is a leave of absence? What is the protocol for a leave of absence? How many leaves of absence can I take during my masters in government contracts?
A leave of absence is taken by students who choose not to enroll in classes for one full semester, either in the Fall or the Spring. Summer semesters are not a part of the leave of absence. You are eligible for 2 leaves of absence during the length of your degree. You must apply for a leave of absence through the Government Contracts Director. Students who do not apply for a leave of absence and simply do not register for courses during a semester will face financial and academic penalties, including a potential loss of standing at GW.
Whom do I contact for questions?
If you have questions regarding admissions requirements, or are in the process of applying to the program and would like help regarding your application, you should contact the Government Contracts Program directly. If you have been admitted to the program, you should contact the MSGC Director, Neal Couture by phone at (202) 994-2693 or by email at email@example.com.