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Educational Administration and Policy Studies

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Virginia Science and Technology Campus - Ashburn, Alexandria Graduate Education Center, Hampton Roads Center

Program Overview

The doctoral program offers two distinct specialties developing a depth of research skills appropriate for either an analyst shaping the education policy surrounding a school setting or a high-level school-based scholar/practitioner.

At the Foggy Bottom (Main Campus), the Ed.D. has a specialty in Education Policy to prepare researchers and analysts to advance knowledge and improve practice for the purposes of promoting excellence, equity, and efficiency in educational systems and organizations. In a world of accelerating change and a growing need for better understanding of the practices by educational organizations and the policies that govern them, students graduate with leadership positions as skilled analysts who are able to solve problems, make informed decisions, and help improve practice.

At our Virginia Science & Technology Center, Alexandria Graduate Center, and Hampton Roads Center, the Ed.D. has a specialty in Education Administration that brings together University and field-based faculty members with professionals who have extensive experience in local, state, national, and international level positions. The program prepares students for leadership responsibilities within all facets of the educational arena. Researchers and practitioners who aspire to high levels of responsibility in educational organizations will develop leadership skills through coursework, seminars, field experiences, research associations with faculty, and self-directed activities.

 

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

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

Spring – October 1.

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code R5246): required if applying to Foggy Bottom program. MAT (institutional code 1047) is accepted for all other campus locations.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) letters of recommendation from an academic advisor or professor, if applying to Foggy Bottom program.

Two (2) letters of recommendation -- one from an academic advisor or professor and one from a supervisor -- if applying to other campus locations.

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 words, 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:
gsehdadm@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

For more specific information about the Education Policy program, please check:
http://www.edpol.gwu.edu