Education Policy

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Effective education reform requires researchers and policymakers who are experts in the areas of research, development, advocacy, implementation, and evaluation. Leaders of education policy must have an understanding of the advanced methods and various approaches to education policy analysis that are needed to lead research initiatives and program evaluations. In order to engage in complex policy analysis and informed data-driven decision making, they must be able to analyze, critique, and translate research frameworks and research methods. Uniquely situated in the heart of our nation’s capital, Washington D.C., the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Education Policy allows students to develop the skills needed to carefully examine and assess education problems and their interaction with their broader social environments. The Education Policy Doctoral program at GW relies on interdisciplinary skills and analytical methods from various fields to expose students to comprehensive problem-solving approaches. 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 Doctoral program assume positions at think tanks, academic institutions, 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)

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5246)

Recommendations required:

Two (2) letters of recommendation from an academic advisor or professor

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.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 750-1000 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The 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. 

Additional requirements:

A resumé. No interview is required unless requested by the program.

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

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