Executive Leadership Doctoral Program
Human and Organizational Learning
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Admissions - Virginia Science & Technology Campus, Ashburn VA

Applicants for the degree of Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Human and Organizational Learning should fulfill the following criteria:
  • A graduate degree, either Master's or professional
  • A minimum of 3.3 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in all previous graduate work as evidenced by official transcripts from every institution attended whether or not a degree was completed.
  • GRE, GMAT or MAT test scores in at least the 50th percentile. Test scores older than five years are not acceptable for review. International students must also submit TOEFL scores that are less than two years old. TOEFL score minimum for admission is 80.
  • At least five years of full-time professional work experience judged pertinent by the HOL faculty as evidenced by a current resume.
  • An interview, the purpose of which is to confirm the applicant's commitment to human and organizational learning, executive leadership, and academic excellence while participating in a collaborative cohort format.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Letters of recommendation.

Application Deadlines 

Apply for admission to classes beginning the summer semester in May, 2013. Submit your application and $75 fee so you can be scheduled for an interview. The application deadline for the next cohort is February 1, 2013.

Feel free to visit any of our classes in session. Classes are held one weekend a month on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Call us at 703-726-8396 to make arrangements for your visit.

For additional admissions information, see our brochure, call Ms. Zeynep Ekmekci at 703-726-8396 or email elpnow@gwu.edu.

Curriculum and Electives 

The program focuses on six themes that correspond to semesters, followed by work toward the dissertation: 

  • Leadership - Students focus on their personal leadership development.
  • Learning - Students focus on learning at the individual, group, and system level.
  • Research - Students develop research skills by focusing on organizational issues.
  • Changing Environment - Students focus on understanding and implementing change in organizational systems.
  • Integration and Application - Students seek to integrate their new knowledge into their organization or an exchange organization.
  • Specialization - Students focus on one or two specific areas of study that are meaningful to their organization, themselves, and to the field of Human and Organizational Studies.

Students meet one Friday and Saturday per month, plus ten consecutive days in June. Coursework is completed in two and a half years. Completion of the dissertation is variable and depends on the topic and depth of study. Students are required to take one elective outside of their required courses.

The Readings course is the required elective, and is offered in the spring and summer semesters. This is also a great course for someone who is interested in finding out more about the coursework requirements. Applicants who enroll in the Readings course are not guaranteed admission to the program. 

Financial Aid

Find out about Federal Financial Assistance through GW.

Find out about opportunities through GW's Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships.

Find out how to set up a Payment Plan, lessening the impact of tuition expenses.

Get more information about Third Party Billing.

Veterans, look for benefits information here:

Testing Centers

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

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