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Human Resource Development

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Master of Arts in Education & Human Development (M.A. Ed.H.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Alexandria Graduate Education Center, Hampton Roads Center

Program Overview

Professionals in human resource development (HRD) are at the leading edge in preparing their organizations to meet the competitive challenges of the global economy.

Our program consists of 36 credits, including four electives that allow students to obtain a solid foundation in human resource development concepts with an applied emphasis. Electives are chosen with an adviser in the areas of organizational development, human performance and learning or training/development and may include two courses from other departments within the university or from the Washington Metropolitan Area Consortium of Universities.

As recently as 2003, Graduate School of Education and Human Development’s human resource development program was honored as the Outstanding HRD Academic Program of the year by the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). A strong and diverse full-time HRD faculty—the largest in the country—is active in advancing research and practice within the field.

The master's degree in human resources development is offered in the following formats and locations:

  • Evening studies (full-time or part-time): Foggy Bottom Campus
  • Weekend cohort studies: GW Alexandria Graduate Education Center in Virginia
  • Evening and weekend studies: GW Hampton Roads Center in Virginia
  • Hong Kong: Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA)


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines: 

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

Spring - October 1

Summer – March 1

Standardized test scores:

The GRE general test (institutional code 5246), the Miller Analogies Test (institutional code 1047); or the GMAT (institutional code QK4-9P-10 for Hampton Roads Center; QK40D-98 for all other locations) is required. This requirement is waived for applicants who already hold a master’s degree conferred by an accredited institution of higher learning.

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, please click here.

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 is 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