Higher Education Administration

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Master of Arts in Education & Human Development (M.A. Ed.H.D.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Students in the master's program in higher education administration acquire the skills and knowledge needed for success in their chosen field. They undertake coursework, internships and other professional opportunities.


The HEA Master’s Program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge for successful work in entry- and mid- career professional positions in institutions of higher education, post-secondary education and other related organizations. Students participate in active coursework, field-experiences/internships, and other professional opportunities so that they may become engaged and thoughtful practitioners in higher education and student affairs. To prepare students for professional requirements, the master’s program provides four concentrations in student affairs administration, higher education policy & finance, college & university administration, and international higher education.

Students in the master's program in higher education administration acquire the skills and knowledge needed for success in their chosen field. They undertake coursework, internships and other professional opportunities.

The HEA Doctoral Program is designed to prepare leaders within the field of higher education. Students complete seated and online coursework to develop the knowledge, skills and background useful for serving in advanced and senior level academic, administrative and research roles in 2-year and 4-year institutions of higher education, national and international associations, government agencies, and other post-secondary educational settings.

The program provides a high-quality, fast-paced scholarly experience in which students can integrate theory and research seamlessly with practice.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines: 

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

Standardized test scores:

Either the GRE general test (institutional code 5246) or the Miller Analogies Test (institutional code 1047) is required. Requirement is optional for Master's applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or above.

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.

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. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

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.

Doctoral candidates are expected to write a more comprehensive essay of 750 to 1,200 words. In addition to the guidelines stated above, you should 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:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday