Department of Human and Organizational Learning




Become a Change Leader

Human and Organizational Learning focuses on the interrelationships among people, organizations, and learning, while utilizing systematic change processes.

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) within the George Washington University offers programs that teach learners to challenge assumptions through critical reflection and foster group and self-directed learning. Theory, research, and practice are balanced throughout the curriculum. Students are encouraged to form learning communities to provide collective support, promote action learning, and model a learning culture.





 Find the Degree that Matches Your Career Goals


Master's Degrees

Organizational Leadership and Learning

- On-Campus or Online -

Prepare to direct individuals, teams, and organizations to maximize their development and performance, and inspire their success.

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Doctoral Degrees

Human and Organizational Learning (EdD)

- Hybrid -

The Doctor of Education curriculum focuses on organizational issues such as strategic change, transformational leadership, individual and group learning processes, organizational development, and global and international issues.

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PhD in Education: Human and Organizational Learning Concentration

The PhD program is geared toward a research-intensive career, such as faculty, think tank member, policy organization, etc. Students study the changing nature of working in an environment of rapid sociocultural and technological changes.

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Graduate Certificates

Leadership Development

Gain skills in instructional design, group processes, adult learning, organizational diagnosis, and consulting strategies.

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Organizational Learning and Change

Receive an in-depth understanding of how a learning focus helps organizations improve their performance and create sustainable change. Gain the practical skills necessary to assess organizational performance and help lead effective change initiatives.

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Sustainability Leadership

Created in response to the colossal effects of climate change and growth in social inequality, this graduate certificate is designed for future leaders who are dedicated to catalyzing the changes necessary for a flourishing planet.

Not Currently Accepting Applications

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Why GSEHD at GW?

Access Washington, D.C.
& Unparalleled Opportunity

Take advantage of our unique location in the heart of our nation’s capital and GW's vast connections to research, internship, and employment opportunities with prestigious private and government organizations.

Learn from Leading Faculty & Professional Peers

Gain unique insights into leading organizations and real-world experiences by engaging in a collective learning environment with classmates and faculty who boast a broad range of professional backgrounds.

Gain a Multidisciplinary Approach

GSEHD challenges you to expand your understanding of leadership by examining it from the vantage point of several disciplines, facilitating creative and results-oriented breakthroughs.



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No Application Fees


GRE is Not Required


Scholarships Available




  Resources for HOL Students & Professionals


What Can You Do With an Organizational Leadership and Learning Degree?

February 19, 2024

An organizational leadership and learning degree helps practitioners to put the development of people first. Learn more about benefits, career paths, etc.

Three Current Trends for Organizational Resilience

December 20, 2023

For organizations and businesses to grow, they must adapt to society's cultural shifts. Learn how leaders are supporting needed changes to ensure resilience.