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Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts

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

Program Overview

GW’s program in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts, the only Master’s of its kind in the United States, offers an intensive 12-month, cross-disciplinary curriculum in Jewish Cultural Arts, Experiential Jewish Education, and Museum Education. At GW, content and creativity go hand in hand.

Training in the Jewish Cultural Arts exposes students to the sounds, gestures, big ideas, and creative personalities of Jewish cultural expression. Experiential Jewish Education courses provide the tools to integrate Jewish culture and the arts into the lives of contemporary audiences. Museum Education courses offer a hands-on approach to experiential education through site visits and projects.

Qualified applicants receive up to 85% tuition support, thanks to the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation.

The program prepares the next generation of professionals and cultural leaders in Jewish museums, JCCs, college campus organizations, foundations, summer camps, and Jewish cultural arts management.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Summer – Check with department.

Standardized test scores:

Either the GRE general test (institutional code 5246) or the Miller Analogies Test (institutional code 1047) 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. Please see the 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 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:
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