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Please see the below list of Frequently Asked Questions to better guide you through the application process:
Yes. You may take up to one semester of courses in non-degree status before you are officially admitted into a degree or certificate program. For more information regarding non-degree status and GW, visit http://www.gwu.edu/%7Eous
After the one semester, you must submit a completed application and be offered admission to GSEHD before continuing your coursework. Please keep in mind published deadlines for admission to each of the academic semesters.
In general, a maximum of 12 credit hours taken in non-degree status at GW or another accredited university may be credited towards a master's degree program once admitted. A maximum of 9 credit hours taken in non-degree status at GW or another accredited university may be credited towards a specialist degree program once admitted.
No, students may not register concurrently in this University and another institution without the prior permission of the Dean's Office. This policy is in place to ensure the academic success of our students and to protect against potential financial hardships on our students due to excessive tuition costs unfunded by Federal Financial Aid.
Not right away. We will allow unofficial transcripts for completion of your application and consideration of admission. Should an offer of admission be extended, it will be on the 'condition' that we receive all official transcripts by the end of the 1st semester of enrollment. Registration for additional coursework will be encumbered until all official documents have been received.
If you have credits earned through a Study Abroad program, you are not required to submit a transcript of only those credits. We work under the assumption those credits were used in completion of a degree at 'home' institution and appropriately transcribed.
The Graduate School of Education and Human Development considers applications in the spring, summer, or fall semester. Please review the programs list for specific information about the program you are interested in pursuing.
As soon as applicants have submitted all documents to complete their application, it is sent for review by the program's faculty and the dean's office. All the documents in the application are considered when making an admissions recommendation and an interview may be requested.
Applications are evaluated once they are completed. A timeline varies upon program of study based on the need for an interview or volume of applications to review. Generally, applicants can expect a decision on their application within 4 weeks of completion.
Email notifications are sent to applicants confirming each stage of the review process in addition to the status information available through the online application account.
We believe a graduate education, for the purposes of a new career, promotion, or general professional development, is an investment rather than a cost. With that in mind, we do hope you consider all of the options to supplement your tuition costs through external resources, University resources, or School resources.
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You will find that most 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. Please consult the GW Schedule of Classes for specific times and locations.