Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? You're always welcome to email or call us for regarding any questions, but for your convenience, we've put together a list of responses to the most common questions that arise among applicants.

Application Process

How do I apply?
Apply online here. Please visit the program page for more specific application requirements.
What is the deadline to apply?
Most programs operate on a rolling admissions basis, but some have their own deadlines. Please refer to the individual program’s page for specific information about application deadlines. January 15 is the priority deadline for merit scholarship funding, however, additional funding may be available after the deadline. Contact for more information.
Can I apply to a doctoral program with just a bachelor’s degree?
All of our doctoral level programs require a Master’s degree in order to apply.

Can I apply to multiple GSEHD programs at once?

Students may apply to one program at a time. If you are considering multiple programs, please contact our admission team at
How do I know what’s missing from my application?
Log in to your application portal to review your application checklist. Any items marked with a red “X” are still outstanding. Note: Students who were admitted conditionally and need to know which official transcripts are still outstanding will need to email for this information. This will not be displayed on your application portal.
What file types do you accept?
We accept files saved as .docx or PDF only. We cannot accept pages, Google docs, HTML, or any other types of files.
Does GSEHD offer application fee waivers?
Application fees are offered for the following applicants:

Note that application fee waivers may not automatically apply to your account, even if you meet the above criteria. If you are eligible for a fee waiver and it does not apply to your account, please select “Mail Payment,” and email to request your fee waiver.
I paid my application fee. Now what?
Be sure you click the final Submit Your Application button once you’ve paid your application fee. The application is not automatically submitted upon successful payment. Once your application is submitted and fully complete, it takes approximately 4-6 weeks to receive an admissions decision. You will be notified via email when your admissions decision is ready to be viewed in your application portal.


What transcripts do I need to submit?

  • To be eligible for admission, applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • We require transcripts from every institution you attended. We accept unofficial transcripts during the admissions process. If you are admitted,you will be required to submit official copies of your conferred degrees.
  • If you studied outside of the US, a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES member is required. For more information, see “What if I studied outside of the US?” below.

What if I studied outside of the US?

  • A course-by-course evaluation from a NACES member is required for all transcripts from non-US schools. We do not require the transcript from the school itself; we only require the transcript evaluation.

What does conditional admission mean? When do I have to turn in my official transcripts?

  • If your offer of admission is conditional, this means that we still require official transcripts. Official transcripts must be sent to us in a sealed envelope directly from the institution you attended, and must show your degree conferral date (if applicable).
  • Official transcripts must be submitted by the end of your first semester enrolled in your GSEHD program. Failure to submit official transcripts will result in a hold placed on your account preventing you from registering for your second semester. You can have official transcripts sent to us via mail at:

GSEHD Graduate Admissions
2136 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
If your university offers an electronic transcript service, official transcripts can be sent to Note: Please do not have transcripts sent to any other GW office or campus. If transcripts are sent to another office, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to retrieve and process them.

Tuition, Fees, & Scholarships

Will I learn whether or not I’ve been offered a merit scholarship when I am admitted?
Offers of admission are made separately from merit scholarship offers. You will be notified via email if you are selected for a merit scholarship. Please note the review process for merit scholarships will not begin until after the January 15th priority deadline.
How much does the program cost?
Please visit the student accounts website for current Graduate School of Education & Human Development tuition rates. If you do not see your program listed within the PDF, it is likely offered at the standard GSEHD tuition rate (the top line on the page). If you have any further questions about tuition rates, please contact
Does GSEHD require a deposit?
GSEHD does not require a deposit. To accept your offer of admission and secure your spot in the program, simply log in to your application portal, view your decision letter, click “Reply to Offer,” and click “Yes” to indicate that you will be attending.

Test Scores

Can you waive my standardized test (GRE, MAT) scores?
GRE/MAT scores may be waived for:

  • Applicants for any program (other than Education Policy Studies) with a conferred equivalent degree. (e.g. A Master’s program applicant with a conferred Master’s degree, an Ed.D. applicant with a conferred Ed.D.)
  • Higher Education Administration Master’s degree applicants with an undergraduate GPA above 3.3.

Please review your program’s page for specific application requirements. For more information, please contact the Admissions Team at
How do I submit my GRE, MAT, IELTS, or TOEFL scores?
GSEHD accepts only official test scores directly from the testing service. Please contact your testing service and have official scores sent to us via the following methods:

  • GRE scores: Enter GW’s school code, 5246
  • MAT scores: Enter GW’s school code, 1047
  • TOEFL scores: Enter GW’s school code, 5246
  • IELTS scores: Please have these mailed to us at:

GSEHD Admissions
2136 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
What’s the latest date I can take the GRE or MAT?
GRE, MAT, or GMAT scores must be no older than 5 years to be considered valid. Tests must be taken within 5 years from the intended term of entry. Please review your testing service’s website for information on test score delivery timelines. Applications for programs requiring test scores will not be considered complete until receipt of official test scores.

International Students

I’m an international student. May I apply for a certificate program?
International students requiring a student visa are not eligible to apply for graduate certificate programs. GW cannot sponsor an 1-20/DS-2019 unless it is for a full-time degree program. If you require a student visa, you must apply for a full time degree program. If you do not require a student visa, you may apply for certificate programs. Please visit program pages for more specific information  about part time/full time formats, or contact us at
I’m an international student with a conferred degree in the United States. May I be exempt from the English Language Requirement?
International students with a conferred degree from an institution within the United States are exempt from submitting English Language scores. Applicants who do NOT have a conferred degree (have not yet graduated), but are in the process of completing their degree, must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of a 3.3 at the time of application in order to have the requirement waived. More information about English language testing can be found here.

Questions regarding international transcripts
Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by an accredited NACES member. The evaluation (course by course) should be a detailed document including all course titles, credit hours, grades, grade point averages (GPAs), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral.