We are delighted to know of your interest in GW's Graduate School of Education & Human Development. Whether you are considering changing careers, yourself, your community or the world, our programs will deepen your knowledge, self understanding and professional expertise. Your classroom discussions will be informed by leading experts from around the world and Washington's corridors of power, yet it is your contribution we value most and promise to build. You will be challenged to achieve new levels of excellence in thinking and performance while engaging with peers who will become life-long advisors and friends. We pride ourselves on the quality of our research, the impact we have on policy, education reform and human development. Yet, above all else, we know you are our most important distinction. Our community of dedicated, life long learners define who we are today and what the nation and world can become.

We are committed to making your admissions experience as welcoming and positive as your next few years in your GSEHD program. Please call or let us know if you have any questions.


Anthony Spatola, Jeff Reisman, Jaime Brown, Melissa Glynn, and Devon DeCataldo

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Application & Requirements

Application for Admission

Each application requires a $75 non-refundable application fee. This can be submitted online using a credit card or by mail via personal check or money order made payable to George Washington University.Application fees are only waived in the following cases: GW alumni, current GW student, active McNair Scholar, or active military.

Statement of Purpose

Certificate, Master's, and Ed.S. applicants must submit an essay of 250-500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study, describe your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Doctoral applicants are expected to write a more comprehensive essay clearly indicating primary and supporting fields of study and describe research areas of interest.


A current resume or curriculum vitae is required upon application for admission. Please be sure to update it with current professional and volunteer experiences before submission.

Official Transcripts

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. You may submit unofficial transcipts for completion and review of your application for admission. Should an offer of admission be extended, it will be on the 'condition' we receive official (sealed) transcripts by the end of the first semester of enrollment.
Please see Transcripts from International Institutions for more information on submitting transcripts from outside the United States. Credits earned from Study Abroad does not require individual transcript.

Test Scores

Please consult with a member of the Admissions staff or program faculty to determine any requirements.


Two letters of recommendation are required for all Master's, Ed.S., and doctoral programs. One letter should be from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor. Certificate programs may only require one letter of recommendation; please check with the individual program.
The Education Policy doctoral and Master's programs require at least two letters of recommendation be written by an academic instructor/advisor as someone who could speak of the academic abilities.

Program Specific Requirements

The following programs have additional admissions requirements:
M.Ed. Elementary Education
All applicants for M.Ed. Elementary Education must submit a writing sample which should consist of an academic paper written for undergraduate studies, a professional paper, or published academic or professional work with full citation.
M.Ed. Secondary Education
All applicants for M.Ed. Secondary Education must complete and submit a Content Area Preparation Form for each subject matter you plan to teach. Please upload this document to your online application under 'Writing Sample' or email it directly to

International Transcripts

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by an accredited independent evaluation agency. The evaluation should be a detailed documents including all course titles, credit hours, grades, grade point averages (GPAs), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral.

English Language Testing

Applicants whose native language is not English or who are not citizens of countries where English is the official language are required to submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores in addition to the GRE or MAT. Tests must be taken within 2 years from the intended term of entry.
Please use the institution code 5246 to have your TOEFL scores sent to GW. A code for IELTS is not required.
Applicants who receive a TOEFL score below 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS band score less than 6.0 are not eligible for admission to the University. Scores between 80-99 on the TOEFL and between 6.0-7.0 on the IELTS will require an English for Academic Purposes course within the first semester of enrollment - course information will be included on the admission decision letter. Applicants may be waived of the English language testing requirement only if: (1) Native language is English or (2) the applicant has at minimum 2 years of course study from an institution where English is the native language. Read more about the English Language Requirements at The George Washington University.

Visa Request

The George Washington University may not approve a student visa document (I-20 or DS-2019) until the applicant has submitted financial certification showing sufficient funds to pay for the educational expenses. The process to obtain a student visa from a US consulate abroad usually takes a minimum 3 months. For this reason, we strongly encourage applicants submit their financial certificate and supplemental documents upon application for admission. Get more information from the University and Download Forms.

Check out our Admissions FAQ for more information!

Schedule an Appointment

Whether you live in the area or you're looking to make the move to our nation's capital, we look forward to talking with you about the academic and professional opportunities that await you. Join us for one of our Table Talks- program specific information sessions available on campus and online. Sessions are led by the GSEHD Office of Admissions and are offered select week days throughout the Fall & Spring semesters.

The sessions are smaller in size, and more intimate with an allotted time for Q&A - as an Admission representative provides a brief overview of GSEHD, the student experience, and the application process. Attendees will also learn about specific program highlights provided by corresponding faculty & staff representatives.

And remember, if you can't make it to one of our scheduled events, please contact Jeff Reisman for an individual appointment.

On the Road Tour

Campus Information Sessions

Tuition & Scholarships

GSEHD Endowments and Merit Aid

Apply for Merit Scholarships or Endowments

ENDOWMENT AWARDS are a result of donations given to us by GW alumni, supporters, and friends. They are specifically earmarked for GSEHD students. Current and New Students who take their course work on the Foggy Bottom campus may apply. See the list of Endowments at the bottom of this page for specific eligibility requirements for each Endowment available for application. If you have any questions after reading through these details, please contact GSEHD Tuition Support (

Current and New Students are encouraged to apply for up to three (3) endowment funds each academic year. To be considered for an endowment, applicants must submit a separate statement of interest or essay for each endowed fund via email to GSEHD Tuition Support ( by 11:59pm EST January 15th clearly identifying the way(s) they believe they are eligible for the respective Endowment. Each endowment essay should be no longer than one page. On the top of each statement, please include applicant name and endowment name. If the endowment essay does not meet these formatting guidelines, it may be eliminated from competition.

In general, endowment essays should address the following areas:

  • Endowment Relevance to student's experience;
  • Articulation of Need, which can include physical, emotional, or financial hardships;
  • Student's professional commitments and interests reflecting maturity and self awareness; and
  • Potential Contributions to the chosen field of study

GSEHD Endowment Funds

The following endowments are currently available to apply to:

The Angeline E. Anderson Scholarship Fund was established in 1990 by a gift from Angeline E. Anderson, B.A.1941, M.A.1944, to assist outstanding future classroom teachers. Ms. Anderson, the recipient of a scholarship to attend GW, enjoyed a career that included university and secondary school teaching and counseling. The scholarship in her name perpetuates her devotion to assisting students who can improve the quality of classroom teaching. The Fund is used to support full-time or part-time students in financial need who plan teaching careers in U.S. schools.
Eligible Programs of Study: School Counseling, Secondary Education (CET), or Special Education

The Vincent De Angelis Scholarship Fund was created in 1983 by a gift from Eleanor V. De Angelis in memory of her husband, Vincent J. De Angelis, an outstanding athlete, GW administrator and faculty member, mentor of students and Department Chair in Physical Education. Eleanor De Angelis has taken many leadership roles in Columbian Women and at the University. Through lifetime contributions to GW, the De Angelis's typify those special members of the GW community whose lives continue to benefit students and enhance the School and the University. This fund is used for GSEHD full-time or part-time master's or doctoral students. Preference is given to those students who have earned an undergraduate degree in Physical Education.
Eligible Programs of Study: Any - with special consideration for applicants with previous study or experience in the Physical Education field.

The Eaves-Carden Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 with gifts from the estate of Ruth Anderson Eaves and from Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wendell Eaves, Jr. The Fund honors the memory of family members who attended GW: Robert Wendell Eaves, M.A.1933, Ed.D.1940, Ruth Anderson Eaves, Samuel Poe Carden, B.A.1918, M.A.1929, and Mary Stuart Anderson Carden, B.A.E.1935, M.A.E.1945. This distinguished family of educators leaves a lasting legacy by supporting outstanding students entering elementary school administration. The Fund helps support a student pursuing a graduate degree with an elementary school administration emphasis.
Eligible Programs of Study: Elementary Education

The James Harold Fox Scholarship Fund was created in 1984 by a gift from Angeline E. Anderson in honor of James Harold Fox, Dean of the School of Education from 1938 to 1963. Ms. Anderson and Dr. Fox were dedicated to improving the quality of the classroom experience. The Fund is to be used for scholarships for full or part-time educators planning careers in public or private school teaching. Students with physical disabilities and financial need are given preference.
Eligible Programs of Study: Elementary Education, Secondary Education (CET) or Special Education

The Mary H. Futrell Scholarship Fund, honors Dr. Futrell, M.A.1968, Ed.D.1992, for her service in a precedent-setting six-year term as President of the National Education Association (NEA). The Fund recognizes her many contributions to human rights and public service. Colleagues and NEA chapters across the nation contributed to the Fund. This scholarship is for full- or part-time students with modest resources pursuing or continuing careers as classroom teachers or counselors.
Eligible Programs of Study: School Counseling, Elementary Education, Secondary Education (CET), or Special Education

The Mildred Green Scholarship Fund was created in 1959 by a gift from the GW Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta, a professional education sorority, to honor Ms. Green, the Chapter's founder and first president. She created the national school-crossing guard program which is credited with saving the lives of countless school children. This fund is used to recognize an educator with great potential.
Eligible Programs of Study: Any

The Griffith Family Scholarship Fund was created in August 2000 by a gift from the estate of Lera Evelyn Griffith, A.B.1952, M.A. 1955, elementary teacher and school principal, and by gifts from Griffith family descendants and their families to honor the family members who were GW alumni. Interest from the Griffith Family Endowment will provide need-based support for students planning a career in education.
Eligible Programs of Study: Any

The Corey Hansen Scholarship Endowment was established in 2000 by Walter Hansen and Marilyn Jackson. The Fund is a memorial to Mr. Hansen's son, Dr. Corey James Hansen, a School alumnus and GW secondary education faculty member and program director. This fund is used to support secondary education students who exemplify Dr. Hansen's values and dedication to the field of teaching and administration.
Eligible Programs of Study: Secondary Education (all campuses)

The Mary-Margaret Cashell Kellogg Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 by Mrs. Kellogg to provide tuition assistance for a Graduate School of Education and Human Development degree candidate with financial need. Her father and nephew both received GW medical science degrees, and she earned an M.A. in education in 1955. A private school teacher and dean of students at Dickinson College, she serves on Simon's Rock College (MS) Board of Overseers.
Eligible Programs of Study: Any

The Dr. Dorothy A. Moore Graduate Scholarship Endowment for International Education was established in 2002. The income from this fund awards scholarships to GSEHD students pursuing degrees in international education. The award is merit based.
Eligible Programs of Study: International Education

The Vest Family Fellowship Fund, created in 1996 by a gift from Edward N.Vest, B.A.1959, M.A.1965, and Ed.D.1972, distinguished educator and school administrator, to honor his parents, Edward Harrison and Mildred Grimes Vest, and his wife Lucia Johnson Vest and himself, provides tuition scholarships for educators preparing for, or engaged in, a career in administration, teaching, or counseling in public schools.
Eligible Programs of Study: Higher Education Administration, Education Policy Studies, Curriculum & Instruction, Elementary Education, Secondary Education (CET), or School Counseling

The Ruth Ann Parker Wells Scholarship was established by a gift from Mrs. Wells in 1996. She and her mother both graduated from The Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Her mother taught business courses at Hine Junior High School and she worked for the Electric Institute of Washington, demonstrating the use of electric equipment, which helped revolutionize the way housework was done.
Eligible Programs of Study: Any


GW provides merit-based scholarships and endowments to GSEHD new and returning master's and doctoral students taking courses on the Foggy Bottom (Main) Campus. Amounts vary from partial tuition coverage to full tuition coverage. New doctoral candidates are automatically considered for available Graduate Assistantships and will be contacted directly if the faculty see alignment of research interests and skills.

If you have any questions after reading through these details, please contact GSEHD Tuition Support (

Qualifications and Conditions

  • Aid applicants must submit an application by January 15th if they want to be considered in the first round of funding.
  • Aid applicants must be enrolled in or applying for admission to on-campus programs (Foggy Bottom). If awarded, they will be required to take all of their coursework on-campus.
  • Certificate, Post-Master’s Certificate, and Education Specialist candidates are not eligible to receive GSEHD Tuition Support.
  • Once an applicant accepts an award, s/he must meet and maintain the conditions specified in the award letter. If one of these conditions is not met, the award will not be posted to the Student Account or may be revoked.
  • Awards must be used in the full academic year (fall and spring) and cannot be awarded for a half-year nor extend into the summer semester.
  • Awardees must be registered for the minimum required number of on-campus credit hours per semester as outlined in the award letter they receive.
  • Awardees must maintain a good academic standing. However, aid is awarded on a competitive basis, and maintaining a good academic standing does not guarantee aid in subsequent years.
  • Awardees must not have outstanding financial obligations to the University.
  • Awardees can not receive employee tuition benefits from the George Washington University.
  • Awardees cannot receive endowment monies in addition to GSEHD Tuition Support.
  • Applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis with the initial offers made in February. Applicants who miss the January 15th deadline may be considered after the first round is awarded.

The TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) program provides grants to students who become teachers in high-need fields and low-income areas in an elementary school, secondary school or an educational service agency.

If you have any questions after reading through these options, please contact any of the following:

Students may be awarded up to $4,000 per award year, with a maximum aggregate limit of $8,000. The amount a student may be awarded each year is determined based on their level of enrollment. Due to federal sequestration, grants first disbursed on or after October 1, 2015 will be reduced by 6.8%. These amounts show the gross and net amounts by level of enrollment by disbursement date:

Enrollment Status Statutory Amount First Disbursed on
Full-Time $4,000 $3,728
3/4 Time $3,000 $2,796
Half Time $2,000 $1,864
Less Than 1/2 Time $1,000 $932

There are three steps to completing your request for TEACH Grant funding. Please make sure each step is complete.

  • Complete the FAFSA.  Include GW's school code 001444.  Please make sure you meet ALL federal assistance qualifications.  To comply, you must:

    • Be a United States Citizen or eligible noncitizen
    • Have a valid Social Security Number
    • Be registered for Selective Service, if male
    • Enrolled in a degree-granting, eligible TEACH program
    • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
    • Not be in default or in an overpayment situation for previously obtained federal financial assistance funds.
  • Carefully review and complete relevant grant program information and application. When you talk with a GSEHD representative, you will be asked about:

  • Prepare and submit your Application for Admission to GSEHD.  Academic requirements to qualify for TEACH Grant consideration are:

    • Score above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of the GRE or MAT or
    • Have earned at least 3.25 GPA in one semester of enrollment at GSEHD.  This gradaute GPA must be maintained to retain eligibility if the student's eligibiltiy was based on the GPA; otherwise students must maintain nromal Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements for GW graduate programs and
    • Enroll in a specific teaching degree (Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education) that leads to employment in: Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition; Foreign Language; Mathematics; Reading Specialist; Science; Special Education; Other Identified Teacher Shortage Areas identified on

Once a student's application has been approved, they will receive a letter from the Office of Student Financial Assistance outlining their award. They will receive a disbursement notice once each semester's funds have credited to their account with the University. This email will include procedures for the student's right to cancel the grant.

Each time a new TEACH Grant is awarded, students must complete Subsequent Counseling online.  Yearly counseling with the Office of Student Life to ensure they are in compliance with their Agreement to Serve will also be provided.

If any of the above steps are not completed in full, the TEACH Grant will be converted into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan with interest assessed from the date of the original disbursement on the grant.  Upon graduation or ceasing enrollment at GW, a student must:

  • Complete Exit Counseling.  This is done when the sudent finishes their degree or withdraws from the program.
  • Notify the federal TEACH Grant servicer in writing within 120 days of ceasing enrollment that the student is employed full-time in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant or that they are not yet employed full-time but intend to meet the terms and conditions of the service obligation.
  • Provide the federal servicer annual documentation certifying that the student has or intends to meet the service obligation.

To begin your TEACH Grant funding process, please complete GSEHD's TEACH Grant Interest Form.

Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take a class before I apply?

Yes. You may take one semester or courses in non-degree status before you are an official student in the Graduate School of Education & Human Development. You will need to apply and be admitted to an official degree/certificate program to continue coursework passed one semester. Learn more about Non-Degree status at GW.

What is the transfer-credit policy?

In general, credit hours taken in non-degree status at GW or at another accredited university may be credited towards a certificate, master's, specialist, or doctoral degree. For more specific guidelines and eligibility requirements, please see the GSEHD Student Handbook.

How long will it take to receive an admission decision?

Once an application is complete, it is sent to the faculty for their review. An interview will be scheduled if it is deemed appropriate or necessary. Generally, applicants can expect a decision on their application within 2-4 weeks of completion. E-mail notifications are sent to applicants confirming their advancement through the admissions process and status information is available 24/7 through the online application. Check your status now.

When are classes held?

You will find that most classes are held during the evening or on the weekend for full-time and part-time study at various locations. Most of our classes meet at 4pm or later in order to accommodate the needs of working adults.

Is admission only in fall semester?

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development considers applications in the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Please review check with an Admissions officer for information specific to your program of interest.

What is the tuition to attend GW?

Current tuition rates for the George Washington University can be found here. We believe a graduate education, for the purposes of a new career, promotion, or advanced development, is an investment in your future. With that in mind, we do hope you investigate your options for scholarships, internships, financial aid, and other supplemental funding.