Education Policy Studies

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

A positive impact in the classroom, leading children on a path to a brighter and more successful future, starts with education policy analysis and reform.

George Washington University’s master’s degree in Education Policy develops your skills in finding solutions to education problems. This program helps you analyze the political, social and organizational environments affecting education policy with emphasis on the competencies needed to develop policy options, analyze their potential, implement them effectively, and then evaluate their impact. Students develop a working knowledge of lessons of the past, are guided through the complexities of the present, and are skilled in identifying solutions for the future. Because of our distinct location in the nation’s capital, Washington DC, internships are offered in a variety of federal, state, and local agencies that affords students unrivaled opportunity to hone their applied analytical skills while pursuing their degree credentials. The flexible program’s curriculum affords students an enriching learning environment in which there are abundant course choices, independent research, and internships/positions in federal, state, or professional organizations.

Graduates of the Education Policy master’s program assume positions at think tanks, non-profit national organizations, government agencies, and international organizations providing support and analysis for education-related decision-making.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall - Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support)

Summer - Rolling admissions

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5246)

Recommendations required: 

Two (2) recommendations from an academic instructor/advisor or someone who can speak of your academic abilities.

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. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here.

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:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday