Human and Organizational Learning

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Virginia Science and Technology Campus - Ashburn

Program Overview

Human and organizational learning is an interdisciplinary approach that offers insights about people facing complex issues concerning individual and organizational effectiveness. The Doctor of Education in Human and Organizational Learning provides professionals, managers and consultants with a foundation in relevant theories, concepts and practices.

The program focuses on the inter-relationships among people, organizations and learning while utilizing systemic change processes. Theory, research and practice are balanced throughout the curriculum. Students are encouraged to form communities to provide collective support, promote action learning and model a learning culture.

The doctoral (Ed.D.) program is available in two formats, each totaling 69 credits:

  1. Foggy Bottom Campus doctoral study
    •  Part-time or full-time study
    •  Classes meet weekday evenings on GW's main campus
  2. Executive leadership in human organizational learning
    • Cohort delivery
    • Classes meet one weekend per month on GW's campus in Ashburn, VA


Admission Requirements

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:

The GRE general test (institutional code 5246), the Miller Analogies Test (institutional code 1047), or the GMAT (institutional code QK4-0D-98) is required. This requirement is waived for applicants who already hold a doctoral degree conferred by an accredited institution of higher learning.

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 750-1000 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 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