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Leadership Development

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Virginia Science and Technology Campus - Ashburn, Alexandria Graduate Education Center

Program Overview

The 18-credit graduate certificate program enables students to acquire skills and knowledge in the areas of group processes, adult learning, organizational diagnosis and consulting strategies.

Each course in the certificate program comes from the existing curriculum for the master’s degree in human resource development. Upon completion of the certificate, students may choose to continue in the master’s program, at which point they would be required to submit an application and meet entrance requirements. All coursework completed in the certificate will transfer into the master’s program.

The certificate requires completion of two core courses: foundations of human resource development and leadership in organizations, as well as four additional electives from within the program.

The graduate certificate in leadership development is offered in the following locations and formats:

  1. GW's Foggy Bottom Campus: Classes meet once a week on weekday evenings;
  2. GW's Hampton Roads Center: Classes meet on evenings and weekends;
  3. GW's Ashburn, Va., Campus: Classes meet five times per year in a format that incorporates a global emphasis in human resource development. The program begins and ends at the Virginia Campus with classes alternating at affiliated sites in Asia, Europe and South America. For more information about this option, please visit the Global Leadership in Teams and Organizations link on the left.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – Rolling admissions
Spring – Rolling admissions
Summer – Rolling admissions

Recommendations required: 

Two (2) recommendations

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:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday