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Educational Administration and Policy Studies (Educational Administration Concentration)

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

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

Program Overview

The Educational Administration and Policy-Educational Administration concentration is designed for working professionals who aspire to serve in dynamic leadership positions in the educational administration, including school administration, national organizations, state- and federal-level agencies, foundations, associations, and higher education institutions.

Our academically rigorous program is held only one weekend per month at the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Loudoun County, Virginia or the Hampton Roads Center in Newport News, Virginia. The program is also offered at GW's Alexandria Graduate Education Center, where classes are held two weekends per month. These weekend meetings, in which faculty and cohort members come together for an intense learning experience, are augmented by extensive on-line learning interactions among faculty and students between sessions. Learn more about this degree concentration.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines*: 

Fall – April 1 (Alexandria only)

Spring – October 1 (Virginia Science and Technology Campus, and Hampton Roads Center only)

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code R5246) or MAT (institutional code 1047).

Recommendations required:

Two (2) letters of recommendations (For the Policy specialization: two from an academic advisor or instructor; For Administration specialization: preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)

Two (2) letters of recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)

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 to 1,200 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 and an interview are required.

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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