Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the Field of International Education

Enrolled students, representing interests as far-ranging as educational programs for children in Ghana to international study programs in Asia, learn about traditions and systems of education in other nations and cultures. They also acquire skills and experience relevant to working in these programs. A growing number of internship opportunities, both in the United States and abroad, are made available to our students, who consistently earn prestigious full-time positions after graduation. The international education program boasts highly placed alumni in organizations such as USAID, the World Bank, the Agency for Educational Development, Save the Children, the Academy for Educational Development and the Institute of International Education, as well as in governments and universities all over the world. International education program faculty regularly draws on local experts and professionals from around the District of Columbia to enhance the curriculum. The program offers expertise in three areas: education and development, global education, and international higher education.

Students in this program also can enroll in and receive a graduate certificate in either:

Certain credits are applied toward both the master's degree and the certificate.

Visit the program website for additional information.

Admission deadlines: Fall - Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support)
Summer - Rolling admissions
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; two years of work experience are preferred. Foreign language proficiency is recommended.
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: ~ 202-994-9283 (phone) ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Required: 30 credits, including 18 credits in required courses, 9 credits in courses in a specialization, and 3 credits in elective courses. 

EDUC 6112Foundations of Assessment, Testing, and Measurement in Education
or EDUC 6114 Introduction to Quantitative Research
EDUC 6116Introduction to Educational Statistics
And five of the following:
EDUC 6601International and Comparative Education
EDUC 6602Regional Studies in International Education
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education
EDUC 6620Strategies and Analysis in International Education
EDUC 6630International Experiences
EDUC 6631Internship: International Education
EDUC 6640Selected Topics in International Education
EDUC 6660Capstone in International Education
Education and Development Study Stream
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education (Policy Issues in International Education: Developing Countries)
EDUC 6620Strategies and Analysis in International Education (Planning Education Reform in Developing Countries)
Global Education Study Stream
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education (Migration and Mobility: Exploring Citizenship and Education in the Global Era)
EDUC 6615Internationalizing U.S. Schools
International Higher Education Stream
EDUC 6610Programs and Policies in International Education (International Higher Education)
EDUC 6620Strategies and Analysis in International Education (Managing Study Abroad and International Student Offices)
9 credits in a professional, academic, or regional specialization selected in consultation with the program advisor.
3 credits of approved electives selected in consultation with the program advisor.

 Up to 6 additional credits of internship may be required for students who do not have international education related experience.