ENRP Frequently Asked Questions


What are the admission requirements?

For a broad overview of GW’s graduate admission requirements, please visit http://columbian.gwu.edu/graduate-admission-requirements

More specific information on ENRP requirements can be found at http://programs.columbian.gwu.edu/enrp/admissions

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Can I attend the program part time, or do I need to be a full time student?

ENRP students may attend either full time (9 credits per semester) or part time (3 to 6 credits). Students who begin the program attending classes full time may elect to switch to part time, and vice versa.

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What if I have a part-time or full time day job? Can I still attend classes?

Some of our students work part time or full time. In addition, many of our students complete internships around the Washington, DC area while they are students in the program. All required courses, and most elective courses, meet in the evening or have sections that are offered in the evening to accommodate daytime work schedules.

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How long does it take to complete the program?

Full time students can complete the ENRP program in two years (four semesters). Part time students will naturally require more time to complete their course of study (usually three years), or need to take courses over the summer.

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Can I participate in the program remotely through online courses?

No, students must attend classes on campus.

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Can I waive out of core classes?

Possibly. To waive a core class, a student must have already completed adequate class work related to the core course. Approval to waive out of a core class must come from the ENRP Director of Graduate Studies or Program Director.

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Is there a thesis requirement?

No, the work produced as part of our capstone course (ENRP 6298) substitutes for a traditional thesis.

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How is the capstone project structured?

The ENRP capstone project is done in the student's final semester, after all core courses have been completed. Students first select themselves into groups of three or four, based on common interests. They then identify potential capstone clients, select one, and negotiate the particulars of the research project with that client. Student groups typically reach out to 8 or 10 potential clients, and end up with 2 or 3 viable projects, before making a final choice of a project. Here in DC, there is a large pool of potential clients interested in environmental policy.

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Can I take one or more of my elective courses at another university?

Yes. George Washington University is part of a Consortium of Washington-area universities that includes University of Maryland, Howard University, George Mason University, American University, Catholic University, Gallaudet University, and others. See http://www.consortium.org for a complete list of Consortium schools. If there is a course taught at one of the Consortium schools, but not offered at GWU, you may take it at the visiting institution and receive credit for it towards your degree. This gives you more options for elective courses. You may take a maximum of nine credits at Consortium schools.

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Can graduate credits I took at another university transfer into the ENRP program and count towards my degree?

Students may transfer in a maximum of nine credits from other institutions. These courses must be approved by the ENRP Director of Graduate Studies or Program Director, and have been taken within two years of entering the ENRP program. You must have received a B or better in these courses for them to transfer into the ENRP program.

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Can I receive academic credit for internships?

Yes. You can receive elective credits for internships through the ENRP 6295 course. The maximum number of internship credits that you can apply towards your degree is three.

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Does the ENRP Program allow for pursuing a dual degree with the law school?

No. The ENRP Program does not allow students to pursue a dual degree with GWU's law school.

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The School of Public Policy & Public Administration at George Washington University offers an MPP degree with a concentration in Environmental Policy. How does the MPP program differ from the MA in Environmental Resource Policy?

The two programs do share some courses and some faculty, as well as an intellectual focus on public policy analysis. That notwithstanding, the ENRP MA provides a much more concentrated focus on environmental matters than does the MPP. There are four required courses – two in environmental science and one each in environmental economics and environmental law – that are part of the ENRP MA curriculum, but not the MPP curriculum. By contrast, the typical MPP student will take additional course work in research methods, politics, budgeting, and program evaluation that most ENRP students do not take.

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English is not my first language. Can I still enroll in ENRP?

The language of instruction is English. International students are welcome to apply to ENRP.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must present either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) score. No other English language proficiency test is permitted.

The minimum requirements for the TOEFL and the IELTS are as follows:

  • TOEFL: 80 internet based test (ibt), 550 paper based test (pbt)
  • IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0; no individual band score less than 5.0.

For funded students, the test score requirements are:

  • TOEFL: 100 ibt or 600 pbt
  • IELTS: Overall band score of 7.0, no individual band score less than 5.0.

If admitted, students may be required to enroll in an English for Academic Purpose Course, EAP. More information for international students is available on http://graduate.admissions.gwu.edu/international-applicants

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How much does it cost to complete the ENRP program?

Graduate tuition at GW is charged on a per-credit-hour basis. The tuition and fees for all GW programs are set annually by the GW Board of Trustees. The latest information on tuition and fees is available here. Please, then, follow the link for Columbian College of Arts & Sciences specific information. 36 credit hours are required to earn the MA degree.

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Does the ENRP program offer tuition assistantships or stipends?

The ENRP program offers a limited number of partial assistantships to our top applicants. This support is available only for students applying for fall admission; priority is given to those who apply by February 1st. In addition, loans may be available to ENRP students; more information is at http://columbian.gwu.edu/graduate-funding-opportunities.

Also, graduate students seeking Federal Work Study funds or merit aid, such as graduate fellowships and assistantships, can get more information from the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships at http://www.gwu.edu/~fellows/

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Can the application fee be waived?

The $80 application fee is waived for the following applicants:

  • GW alumni (those holding a GW degree or certificate);
  • Current GW degree or certificate students;
  • U.S. military personnel who have been on active duty within three years of submitting their application for admission.
  • Current McNair Program Scholars (a completed Certification of McNair Program Participation and Application Fee Waiver form must be scanned and attached to your online application or submitted directly to us).
  • Current AmeriCorps or Peace Corps members.

If you are eligible for a fee waiver, select “Check” as the payment option and submit your application.

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I’m interested in visiting the campus and/or talking to a representative from the ENRP Program, what can I do?

To set up a phone call or meeting, contact the ENRP program at enrp@gwu.edu. In person meetings are not guaranteed but we do our best to accommodate prospective students. Tours of the university for prospective students are conducted by the Office of Graduate Admissions and can be arranged by visiting http://graduate.admissions.gwu.edu/campus-visits

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