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: Submission of GRE general test (institutional code 5246), the Miller Analogies Test (institutional code 1047), or the GMAT (institutional code QK4-0D-98) is optional.
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: ~ 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.

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 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 of Level B research methods coursework selected in consultation with advisor.
HOL 8998Predissertation Seminar (taken for 3 credits)
HOL 8999Dissertation Research (taken for a minimum of 12 credits)
An approved dissertation proposal is required.
6 credits in elective courses selected in consultation with advisor.
Comprehensive examination
Successful completion of comprehensive examination is required.

Doctoral Program Level B Courses

GSEHD's Level B research methods courses are advanced courses in a specific research methodology. All GSEHD doctoral students are required to take at least one Level B course in the methodology of their dissertation. The courses listed below are approved to meet this requirement. EDUC 8120 Group Comparison Designs and Analyses, and EDUC 8122 Qualitative Research Methods, must be completed before enrolling in a Level B course.

Some programs require more than one Level B course. Some Level B courses are taken in a predetermined sequence; for this reason, students should check each course description for prerequisites, as courses in the sequence build on others. More information regarding the Level B course sequence is available in the GSEHD Doctoral Student Handbook; students also may consult their faculty advisor or research methods faculty for additional guidance.  

EDUC 8100Experimental Courses (Mixed Methods Research)
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8147Critical Methodologies in Educational Research
EDUC 8148Qualitative Data Collection
EDUC 8149Qualitative Data 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