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Essentials of Human Resource Development

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Alexandria Graduate Education Center, Hampton Roads Center

Program Overview

This certificate provides sound understanding of organizations as human systems. Students learn about the interaction of human behavior and organizational processes. Each course in the certificate program is part of the existing curriculum for the master’s degree in Human Resource Development (HRD). Upon completion of the certificate, a student may choose to continue in the master’s program, at which point the student would be required to submit an application and meet entrance requirements. All coursework completed in the certificate will transfer into the master’s program.

The certificate in essentials of human resource development is a four-course program (12 credit hours) that can be completed in two semesters. The courses are:

  • HOL 6700 – Foundations of Human Resource Development
  • HOL 6706 – Issues in Human Resource Development
  • HOL 6705 – Strategic Human Performance Processes
  • HOL 6746 – Work Groups and Teams in Organizations

For more information or to apply, please contact these campus-specific program managers:

  • Foggy Bottom campus: Kristin Furio at 202-994-1040 or kfurio@gwu.edu
  • Hampton Roads Center: Terry Rice Hinders at 757-269-2202 or trhinders@gwu.edu
  • Alexandria Graduate Education Center: Jennifer Oribello at 703-299-0294 or hrdalex@gwu.edu

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – April 1

Spring – October 1

Summer – March 1

Recommendations required:

Two (2) 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 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.

Additional requirements:

A resumé and an interview.

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:
Office of Graduate Admissions
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