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Below are the answers to many common questions regarding our admissions process. If you have questions about the items listed below, please call (202) 994-1450.
How do I set up my GW email account?
How can I access the online courses?
How do I order textbooks needed for each course?
What are the university resources available for me?
How do I pay my tuition?
What are the requirements for admission?
How do I register for courses?
Can I take courses before I am admitted in the degree program?
What is your policy regarding the acceptance of non-degree and transfer credits?
Do you only admit students for the fall semester?
If I already hold a master's degree, do I need to take the GRE or MAT?
Do you ever waive the application fee?
Once I have submitted my application materials to the Admissions Office with whom should I speak regarding the status of my application?
How are applications evaluated?
What is the cost of tuition?
Is there any financial aid available, and how do I apply?
Once admitted, can I take courses outside of my program?
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One of the most important things you can do is to set up a GWU email account. First of all, your email username (your "Net ID") will allow you to access online course content; second, all communication from course instructors and other university personnel (such as the registrar and student accounts office) will be sent to your GWU email address. To set up an email address, go to http://helpdesk.gwu.edu/accounts/and read the information under: "Creating Net IDs," and then click on "Create Net ID."
The textbooks for each course are available from the GW bookstore, located at www.gwu.bkstr.com or at (202) 994-6870. The easiest way to order is to use the bookstore website; from the bookstore home page, click on "Find your textbooks," select your term and discipline (SPED), and indicate your course number. The course section for online courses is either BE or DE. Textbooks should be listed and ready to be ordered; they can be delivered to your address for a small shipping fee.
As a distance education student, you may find it difficult to access some of the on-campus resources at GW, such as the library buildings or on-site presentations. However, there are still university resources set aside for you. A number of these are listed below, with brief descriptions; please explore them during your time as a GW student, and don't hesitate to ask if there's something the program staff can help you to understand or access.
You can make a variety of payment arrangements (once per term, monthly billing, etc.) through the Student Accounts Office, which you can reach at 202-994-7350 or at http://colonialcentral.gwu.edu/.
All applicants must meet GW standards for admission, including GRE or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) scores; two letters of recommendation; statement of purpose; undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher; and completion of the GW online graduate application. In addition, applicants must hold a current teaching certificate.
To register for classes, please visit the Office of the Registrar.
Yes, you may take classes for one semester before you are officially admitted into a degree program. After the one semester, you must submit your completed application to the Admissions Office and be admitted to the GSEHD in order to continue taking coursework. For more information about non-degree status at GW, visit http://www2.gwu.edu/%7Eous/%20.
A maximum of 12 credit hours taken in non-degree status at GW or another accredited university may be credited towards the master's degree program once admitted. For more detailed information on transfer credits, please review the Statement of Understanding.
The Graduate School of Education and Human Development considers applications three times a year. Students may apply to begin their graduate study in the spring, summer or fall semester. Students are encouraged to review the Programs section of this Web site for applicable start dates for the program of interest.
Applicants who have successfully completed a master's degree from an accredited institution and wish to pursue a second master's degree at GSEHD are not required to take a standardized test.
The application fee is only waived for current GW students/alumni, and McNair Scholars who submit a letter from their McNair program director verifying participation in the program.
As soon as applications are complete, they are evaluated by the program faculty and the Dean's office. Faculties review each application carefully and consider all documents submitted before making an admissions recommendation. Applicants who do not meet our minimum admission standards may be offered provisional admission based on the recommendation of the program faculty.
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All tuition and fee rates are subject to change.
The Graduate School of Education and Human Development offers a number of partial-tuition awards for full- and part-time on-campus master's and doctoral students as well as graduate assistantship positions for full-time on-campus doctoral students. All fellowships and assistantships are merit-based. To learn more about GSEHD's financial opportunities, visit GSEHD Tuition Support. Those interested in applying for GSEHD fellowships and assistantships must submit an Application for Tuition Support with their completed application for admission by the January 15th deadline.
Also, need-based assistance is available from the Office of Student Financial Assistance. This type of aid consists of a variety of federal and alternative loan programs. Federal programs require U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. Applicants interested in securing federal or alternative loans should contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at (800) 222-6242 or (202) 994-6620 for loan application procedures and deadlines.
For more information regarding financial aid, visit the Tuition Support section.
Yes, most masters' programs allow students to take a prescribed number of elective courses which can be selected from other departments within GSEHD, other schools within GW or other universities within the consortium. Please consult with your faculty advisor before registering for such courses.