Doctor of Education in the Field of Human and Organizational Learning

Human and organizational learning is an interdisciplinary approach that offers insights about people facing complex issues concerning individual and organizational effectiveness. The doctor of education degree in human and organizational learning provides professionals, managers, and consultants with a foundation in relevant theories, concepts and practices.

The program focuses on the inter-relationships among people, organizations and learning while utilizing systemic change processes. Theory, research, and practice are balanced throughout the curriculum. Students are encouraged to form communities to provide collective support, promote action learning, and model a learning culture.

Visit the program website for additional information.

Admission deadlines: Fall– Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-based, on-campus tuition support) - main campus program only
Summer – Rolling admissions (executive leadership program only)
Standardized test scores: The GRE general test (institutional code 5246), the Miller Analogies Test (institutional code 1047), or the GMAT (institutional code QK4-0D-98) is required. This requirement is waived for applicants who already hold a doctoral 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.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 750 to 1,200 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. You should also clearly indicate your primary and supporting fields of study and describe your research areas.
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:
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

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The requirements for the Doctor of Education program.

60 credits in coursework, a dissertation, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

The doctor of education (EdD) in the field of human and organizational learning program is available in two formats, the Main Campus program and the Executive Leadership program, as outlined below:

Main Campus Program

Required
HOL 8700Foundations of Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8701Theory, Research, and Practice in Adult Learning and Development
HOL 8703Human Systems Change
HOL 8704Leadership Theory, Research, and Practice
HOL 8724Creating and Planning Doctoral Research
Research methods
EDUC 8120Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
HOL 8720Seminar: Applied Research in Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8722Seminar: Advanced Issues in Human and Organizational Learning (taken for 3 credits)
3 credits from the following:
EDUC 8100Experimental Courses
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8170Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171Predictive Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8172Multivariate Analysis
EDUC 8173Structural Equation Modeling
EDUC 8174Hierarchical Linear Modeling
EDUC 8175Item Response Theory
EDUC 8177Assessment Engineering
Dissertation
HOL 8998Predissertation Seminar (taken for 3 credits)
HOL 8999Dissertation Research (taken for a minimum of 12 credits)
An approved dissertation proposal required.
Electives
15 credits in elective courses selected in consultation with advisor.
Comprehensive examination
Successful completion of comprehensive examination is required.

Executive Leadership Program

Required
HOL 8100Special Topics in Human and Organizational Learning - Doctoral Studies (taken for 3 credits)
HOL 8700Foundations of Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8701Theory, Research, and Practice in Adult Learning and Development
HOL 8702Theory and Design of Organizational Diagnosis and Development
HOL 8703Human Systems Change
HOL 8704Leadership Theory, Research, and Practice
HOL 8705Organizational Culture
HOL 8720Seminar: Applied Research in Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8721Practicum in Human and Organizational Learning (taken for 6 credits)
HOL 8722Seminar: Advanced Issues in Human and Organizational Learning (taken for 3 credits)
HOL 8724Creating and Planning Doctoral Research
Research methods
EDUC 8120Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
3 credits from the following:
EDUC 8100Experimental Courses
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8170Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171Predictive Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8172Multivariate Analysis
EDUC 8173Structural Equation Modeling
EDUC 8174Hierarchical Linear Modeling
EDUC 8175Item Response Theory
EDUC 8177Assessment Engineering
Dissertation
HOL 8998Predissertation Seminar (taken for 3 credits)
HOL 8999Dissertation Research (taken for a minimum of 12 credits)
An approved dissertation proposal is required.
Comprehensive examination
Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required.