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Educational Administration and Policy Studies (Education Policy Concentration)

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The Educational Administration and Policy-Education Policy concentration (offered on the Foggy Bottom Campus ONLY) prepares analysts and researchers with skills necessary for advancing education policymaking at local, state, national and global settings. The degree develops research and evaluation skills for those aspiring to work in the policy field to advance knowledge, improve practice, and promote excellence, equity and efficiency in educational systems and organizations.

Improving the productivity and quality of education and training ranks high on the policy agendas of government officials worldwide. The program draws on multidisciplinary tools from education, economics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology to: identify education policy problems and opportunities, develop policy alternatives, analyze their likely advantages and disadvantages, influence policy decisions, plan and guide the implementation of new policies, and evaluate the impacts of new and long established education and training policies. The program is ideally suited for those aspiring to hold high-level analyst positions in national government agencies, think tanks, research-based advocacy groups, professional associations involved with education, consulting firms and state education agencies. Learn more about this degree concentration.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – April 1 (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support)

Spring – October 1 (applicants are strongly encouraged to start in Fall semesters).

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code R5246): This is mandatory for the Policy concentration. The MAT test is not accepted by the Education Policy concentration.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) letters of recommendations from an academic advisor or instructor.

Prior academic records: 

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 750, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. You should also clearly indicate your primary and supporting fields of study and describe your research areas.

Additional requirements:

A resumé. No interview is required unless requested by the program.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

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