Education Policy

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

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

Program Overview

The doctoral program specialized in helping students develop a depth of research skills appropriate for an analyst shaping the education policy surrounding a school setting. The Ed.D. in Education Policy prepares researchers and analysts to advance knowledge and improve practice for the purposes of promoting excellence, equity, and efficiency in educational systems and organizations. In a world of accelerating change and a growing need for better understanding of the practices by educational organizations and the policies that govern them, students graduate with leadership positions as skilled analysts who are able to solve problems, make informed decisions, and help improve practice.


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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