MS in Government Contracts FAQs

This program is designed to give working professionals the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the world of public procurement and contracting.

It is intended for professionals from a variety of public procurement-related jobs in government, private industry, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including contracting officers, contract and subcontract managers specialists/ administrators, procurement project and program managers, cost/pricing analysts and cost estimators, business development/capture managers/proposal managers, and attorneys. Anyone involved in and who works in government contracting will benefit from this program.


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.


The MS in Government Contracts degree is unique, combining the strengths of two, highly regarded schools within GW. The Law School provides government procurement law courses, taught by recognized experts in federal acquisition including Professors Steven Schooner and Christopher Yukins. The School of Business provides core business courses, taught by recognized experts in business.


Most MSGC students study part time, attending classes once a week in the late afternoon or evening and/or on the weekend. In accordance with GW School of Business policy, course work must be completed within 5 years of admission.

Total tuition for the 36 credit degree program is approximately $54,000. 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.


Semesters begin in August (Fall) or January (Spring). Apply to the MSGC program by the posted deadline dates. Admission decisions are released several weeks after the receipt of a complete application.


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.

New students are accepted two times a year: for the Fall and Spring semesters. Please see the admissions page for more details about specific deadlines.

Yes, the GMAT or GRE is required for students wishing to apply to the MSGC program. However, the GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived for students with more than seven years of full-time, relevant professional work experience, or for students with an existing graduate degree. 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.

Applicants must submit a resume if requesting a waiver based on professional work experience. Applicants requesting a waiver based on a previous degree and GPA must submit a resume and transcripts from the degree granting intuition. If the degree granting institution was outside the United States, then the applicant must request a certified evaluation.

Once the application file has been marked complete, it is sent onto the admissions committee for review. The review process takes several weeks. An applicant will then be notified and will receive an admissions decision by email.

You should have ALL mail sent to the following address:

The George Washington University
School of Business, Graduate Admissions
Duques Hall, Suite 550
2201 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

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 ( at least 9 credit hours per semester) should complete the degree in four semesters, or 16 months. For part-time students (6 credits or less per semester), you can complete the program in 6 semesters, or 24 months.

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.

Because the MSGC program is designed for working individuals, all of our campus classes are held in the evenings during the week. Classes meet at either the Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC or online.

Yes, students can complete all program requirements online. Students have the option of taking classes on campus or online at their discretion.

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.

If you have questions regarding the program’s admission requirements or the application process, contact the Graduate Admissions team at 202-994-1212 or email [email protected].

If you have been admitted to the program you should contact Ms. Jo Jones, MSGC Program Manager, at [email protected].