Academic Policies


The GW School of Business (GWSB) along with The George Washington University (GWU) establishes minimum requirements for graduate admission and the awarding of graduate degrees.  Students should familiarize themselves with and are responsible for adhering to all policies and procedures relevant to their pursuit of their graduate degree, including those published in the University Bulletin, the School of Business Bulletin, and the Current Graduate Student website.

Other University polices, such as the registration schedule and withdrawal deadlines published each semester by the University Registrar, must also be observed. In addition, recipients of a GW School of Business merit-based aid award must abide by the terms of their award letter.

Exceptions to any of The George Washington University or GW School of Business’s policies and procedures must be secured in writing from the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. Any student who is in doubt about how a policy or procedure applies to her or him should seek clarification from their academic advisor.

A student seeking an exception to a University or School of Business policy due to extenuating circumstances must submit a Policy Exception Request (PDF). A policy exception request must be accompanied by documentation of extenuating circumstances. Students should not assume that policy exception requests will be approved. Until a student receives written confirmation that an exception has been approved, the student should operate under the assumption that it will be denied (i.e., the student should continue to attend class, submit assignments, consider alternatives, etc.).

Requests Involving Medical Issues

  • Requests involving physical health must be accompanied by documentation from a medical professional. Such documentation will be considered, but it does not solely determine the outcome of the request.
  • Requests involving mental health must have the support of the University Counseling Center (UCC). Support of the UCC will be considered, but it does not solely determine the outcome of the request.

Not Considered

The following requests will not be considered:

  • Requests for exceptions to University and School policy on the basis of not knowing the policy. Students can access important policy information through the GW Bulletin, the Current Graduate Student website, or by contacting their academic advisor.
  • Requests to withdraw from a course after the university deadlines on the basis of poor academic performance.
  • Individual graduate programs, the Office of Graduate Programs, the GW School of Business, and The George Washington University reserves the right to modify or change requirements, rules, and fees. Such policies and procedures shall go into force whenever the proper authorities may determine. The right is reserved by the University to make changes in programs without notice whenever circumstances warrant such changes.