The Education Policy program accepts applications and considers them on a rolling admission basis. We encourage applicants to apply by the following dates:
For Fall semester: April 1 (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support)
For Spring semester: October 1
For Summer semester: March 1
Please note that there is no single item that would determine the admission decision. All materials submitted for an application are thoroughly reviewed to arrive at a decision, No incomplete application will be reviewed.
What you need to submit for the application (all must be received by our admissions office in order for the application to be complete and then forwarded to the program for review):
1. Standardized test scores: the Graduate Record Examination general test (our institutional code is 5246). Note that the GRE scores must be submitted whether or not the applicant already attained another graduate degree, and there are no exceptions. Only the GRE, with no substitution, will be accepted for this requirement.
2. Recommendations required: At least two (2) letters of recommendation from an academic instructor/advisor or someone who can speak of your academic abilities. One letter may be substituted with a letter from a supervisor if the line of work is closely related to academic work (ex: analytical research positions). Applicants may provide additional letters if desired.
3. Prior academic records: Official 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. Transcripts must be forwarded in their original sealed envelopes.
Official 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.
4. Statement of purpose: In an essay of about 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in Education Policy 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.
5. A curriculum vita that chronologically describes your educational attainment and job skills and experiences.
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.
Note that you submit your application here: GW Graduate Application (Submitted online)
You will be charged a $60 non-refundable application fee. This can be submitted online using a credit card or via check made payable to The George Washington University.
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 (Please do not contact any of the faculty regarding your application status and material):
Phone: 202.994.9283 or 800.4GW.SEHD
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday
The George Washington University provides several merit-based fellowships and scholarships, which offer stipends and/or tuition support to our master’s and doctoral students. The number and amount of these fellowships/scholarships is dependent upon a specific budgeted amount made available to GSEHD by the University, which varies from year to year.
These fellowships and scholarships cover tuition a full academic year (fall to spring), therefore the deadline to apply for these awards is January 15th prior to the fall semester.
Please review the different types of merit-based awards:
Tuition and Fees: please check the university's on-campus tuition and fees here.
After you have reviewed the different types of merit-based awards available through GSEHD, follow the links below for information about the awards process and application instructions.
The Awards Process
Application for GSEHD Tuition Support
Click here for additional financial resources.
If you have questions about Tuition Support, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org