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Practice-Based Doctoral Programs

The George Washington University’s professional doctoral programs reflect the philosophy that theory and research should inform practice—and, in turn, practice should inform research by raising new research questions. A list of practice-based doctoral programs are below, and you can explore the full range of doctoral programs available at GW using our Graduate Program Finder.

GW’s practice-oriented doctoral programs often include course work in research methods, with emphasis on the skills required to read and use research literature intelligently and to evaluate programs. Students also spend a good deal of time developing their professional skills and gaining supervised practical experience through practica, internships and rotations—taking full advantage of the Washington area’s abundant training opportunities.

Our oldest and most familiar professional doctoral level programs are offered in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (the Doctor of Medicine – M.D.) and The George Washington University Law School (the Doctor of Jurisprudence – J.D.). From the Ed.D to the Dr.P.H. and the D.P.T. , other doctoral programs prepare students to become leading practitioners and administrators in various fields of education and health care.

  • Curriculum and Instruction (Ed.D.)
  • Educational Administration and Policy Studies (Ed.D.)
  • Higher Education Administration (Ed.D.)
  • Human and Organizational Learning (Ed.D.)
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • Medicine (M.D.)
  • Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)
  • Professional Psychology (Psy.D.)
  • Public Health (Dr.P.H.): Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Public Health (Dr.P.H.): Global Health
  • Public Health (Dr.P.H.): Health Behavior
  • Public Health (Dr.P.H.): Health Policy
  • Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
  • Special Education (Ed.D.)