Undergraduate Internal Transfer

Students are admitted to a home school at the time of their admission to the university. Those who wish to change their home school must submit an Internal Transfer Request form to the University Registrar. A university-wide graduation requirement is that students must be registered in the college/school in which their primary major is housed. Some schools may require that certain prerequisite courses have been taken and that minimum grades have been earned before the transfer is processed.

Transfer into a college/school does not guarantee placement in a limited-enrollment major and students will be transferred into an undeclared major. Requests to transfer schools will not be accepted prior to the second semester of the student’s enrollment at GW. Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor in both their current college or school and the college or school they are requesting to transfer into prior to submitting an internal transfer request.

Deadlines for internal transfers (students may not submit a request prior to their 2nd semester at GW):

  • For fall semester transfer:
         February 15 (for students who have completed transfer prerequisites and students who would like to register for Summer and Fall classes with their new school/college)
         May 31 (for students enrolled in transfer prerequisite courses in the current semester)
  • For spring semester transfer: October 15

Once a request is processed, the transfer is effective at the start of the following semester; transfers are only accepted for Fall or Spring semesters.

Limited-enrollment majors:

  • CCAS: Communication, English and Creative Writing, Journalism and Mass Communication, Political Communication

Prerequisites for internal transfer:

Prerequisite criteria to transfer to chosen college/school must be met before a request is submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

Elliott School of International Affairs:
Students must have completed:

  • 24 semester hours in residence at GW with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Four of the following five courses: ECON 1011, ECON 1012, HIST 1011, PSC 1001, PSC 1003 (in lieu of IAFF 1005)
  • One year of a modern foreign language. In lieu of coursework, documentation may be submitted of exam scores showing placement beyond the first year of a foreign language.

Milken Institute School of Public Health:
Students requesting transfer into the Exercise Science or Nutrition Science majors must have earned a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students requesting transfer into the Public Health major must have earned a GPA of 2.75 or higher. Please see the GWSPH Bachelors Programs website for more information.

School of Business:
Students must have completed UW 1020 and earned a grade of B- or higher at GW in at least two of the following courses:

  • ACCY 2001, 2002             
  • APSC 3115
  • DNSC 1001, 2001
  • ECON 1011, 1012, HONR 2043, 2044
  • MATH 1051, 1221, 1231, 1232, 1252
  • STAT 1111, 1051, 1053, 2112, 2118

School of Engineering and Applied Science:
Students must have completed the following math and science course requirements with a grade of B- or higher:

  • Math requirement - MATH 1220 + 1221, or MATH 1231
  • Science requirement - Complete either the Biology, Chemistry, or Physics option)
                                        Biology: BISC 1111, 1112, 1115 + 1125, or 1116 + 1126
                                        Chemistry: CHEM 1111
                                        Physics: PHYS 1021 or 1025
  • AP credit may be accepted in lieu of the above courses.

** Students who do not meet the prerequisite criteria can petition for exceptions to the office of undergraduate programs at the school to which they would like to transfer.**