Online Program Details

Admission Requirements
Applicants to GW’s online Paralegal Studies programs must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

If you are ready to go the distance and wish to apply to the online Master of Paralegal Studies program or our online Graduate Certificate, please contact an Enrollment Advisor to schedule an informal phone interview. Your Enrollment Advisor will help you assess your educational and professional background to determine whether you meet the minimum admission criteria to proceed with submitting an application. Your Advisor is an excellent resource who will provide personal feedback on your application materials, ensure that your submitted portfolio is as strong as possible, and inform you of pertinent application deadlines.

* Minimum admission requirements are used to establish an applicant’s eligibility for the programs; meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Application Package Materials

  • Completed application for admission
  • 250-500 word statement of academic objectives and professional goals
  • Resume of professional experience
  • Two professional recommendations (professional and/or academic)
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended
  • Applicants who have not graduated from an American university may be asked to provide their official score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination (minimum score for paper-based is 550 and computer-based is 213 to qualify) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination (with an overall band score of 6.0) for applicants who have not graduated from a University located in the United States or other English-speaking country

Please contact an Enrollment Advisor to discuss the program admission requirements and application process. Your Advisor will provide specific details regarding the required documents and will walk you through submitting your application.

Tuition and Fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year
Non-refundable Application Fee $80
Registration Fee $35 per semester
Technology Fee $25 per semester
Matriculation Fee $200 (invoiced at completion of the program)
Course Tuition $1090 per credit hour (Master’s Program: 32 credits; Graduate Certificate: 18 credits)

The tuition rate and fees are subject to change without notice. Cost of books is not included in tuition. Specific details regarding course materials will be provided prior to registration for each course. Financial assistance is available for qualified candidates. For further information or to apply to the Master’s in Paralegal Studies program, please contact an Enrollment Advisor.

Financial Aid
Thinking about applying for Stafford or alternative education loans to finance graduate school? For the most recent information regarding federal aid, including student loan programs, please visit

Important Financial Aid Considerations

  1. Students must first be admitted to a program to be eligible for loans.
  2. Priority deadlines for loan applications:
    • May 1 to receive funds by the beginning of the fall semester
    • October 1 to receive funds by the beginning of the spring semester
    • March 1 to receive funds by the beginning of the summer semester
  3. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); required if applying for Federal Stafford Loan. Please contact your Enrollment Advisor for a step-by-step list of instructions and GW’s FAFSA code before submitting the FAFSA form online at
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