Organizational Leadership and Learning

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, Online Learning

Program Overview

We believe leadership matters more than ever in today’s complex and global environment. A crucial talent challenge facing organizations is finding the resourcefulness and innovation skills needed for success. More and more adaptability, problem-solving, creativity and cultivating trust are seen as keys to developing the next generation of leaders. With a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Organizational Leadership and Learning from the George Washington University (GW), you will participate in a collaborative learning community that aims to cultivate awareness of self and other, critical thinking, and reflection. The goal of the program is to “develop ethical, responsible and humanistic leaders with strong ‘learning’ orientation, capability to effectively lead change, and capacity to continuously develop themselves and others in their organizations and environments”. The Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Learning (OLL) is an innovative, academically rigorous skills-based graduate program that prepares the next generation of professionals for broad career opportunities in diverse work settings such as public and private businesses and nonprofit organizations. It offers a practical and hands-on curriculum that covers diverse aspects of leadership, preparing you to direct individuals, teams and organizations to maximize their development and performance, and inspire their success.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines: 

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

Spring - Rolling admissions

Summer – Rolling admissions

Standardized tests:

Not required.

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. 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:
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