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You want to make an impact. We'll show you how.

It has never been more important to address critical education reform and social justice issues on a world-wide scale, but we need well-prepared professionals who can create lasting change. That’s why, at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD), we foster exceptional leadership skills, empowering our students to confront complex challenges in their fields to make a positive impact on society.

We urge you to explore, be inquisitive, and always make the most of your chance to make an impact. Whether you want to change one life at a time or the nation’s course, GSEHD offers you a foundation to excel and succeed. Join us as we turn classroom conversations into meaningful change.





3 great reasons to choose GSEHD


Become a Leader in Your Field
Our students are rising leaders who create innovative solutions that connect communities and inform policy. Integrating intellectual discovery, interactive learning, and unparalleled access to opportunities in every sector of society is standard when you study here.

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Take Advantage of Unmatched Resources
Living and learning in a city unlike any other, our students gain an education unlike any other. Whether attending on our main campus in DC, our Virginia campuses, or virtually anywhere in the world through our online programs, GW students have an abundance of real-world opportunities and the same resources.


Leave Your Mark on the World
Students come to GSEHD to be engaged, to make an impact, to explore the past, and to chart new futures. With leading programs, innovative research, & flexible study options, you’ll gain the tools you need to contribute to the world in your own way.


Don't Just take our word for it...

Hear from students, alumni, faculty and staff to see what makes GSEHD the right place for you to begin your life-changing career in changing lives.


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A Smart Investment

A GW education is a smart investment. Our dynamic classroom experiences and unrivaled connections to the world’s most influential organizations and institutions enable our students to complete their studies with a clear sense of where their talents can have the greatest impact — and give them a head start on getting there. At the same time, we understand the challenges of paying for higher education.

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D.C. is a Classroom Like No Other

For GW students, our location in the heart of Washington, D.C.—our nation's capital and the epicenter of policy, practice, and research—offers a distinct advantage and unparalleled opportunities to advance both scholarly and professional goals.

Citizen leaders are brought together from all over the world to explore, engage, advocate, and transform the conversation. Our students utilize the city as an extended classroom. Through our faculty's long-standing partnerships with diverse organizations, along with our proximity to the White House, federal and international agencies, GSEHD students are prepared to work at the front lines of a wide variety of organizations, from local ones such as our schools and districts to ministries, governments, cultural institutions, non-profits, and more.

In a city shaping the future, GW is a university where faculty and students not only study the world, but also work to change it.

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Fast facts



Blocks from the White House
(GW is also walking distance to many governmental and non-governmental agencies)


Internships, Part-time Jobs, Co-ops, and Service Opportunities University-wide


Partnership agreements with schools, clinics, museums, and cultural organizations in D.C.


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Eligible students who received a scholarship

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Students of color and international students



GSEHD Alumni in 75 countries


Full-time Faculty


Average Class Size


37 Countries Represented by Students






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