Master of Arts in Education and Human Development, Individualized Program

A Degree Tailored to Your Goals

The Master of Arts in Education and Human Development individualized degree provides the opportunity to develop a program of study that prepares for new and emerging fields in education and human development. The program plan is able to cut across existing fields within the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD), other schools and departments of the University, as well as the Consortium of Universities.*

Ideal for working professionals, this unique "design your own degree program" provides a tailored and flexible educational experience. Depending on the courses needed, the program may offer a range of learning modalities, including traditional classroom instruction, online courses, evening classes, and part-time study options.

*Program advisor approval required





Customized Curriculum
Design a curriculum that aligns with your specific interests, career goals, and professional aspirations.


Interdisciplinary Approach
Integrate coursework from various fields within education and human development to foster a well-rounded understanding of the complexities within the field


Practical Experience
Opportunities for practical experience, such as internships, fieldwork, or research projects, allow you to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world settings.




The GW Advantage

Take advantage of our unique location in the heart of our nation’s capital. Whether attending on-campus or online, a GW education is unlike any other. Work alongside expert faculty, connect with renowned alumni, and benefit from the University’s extraordinary access to leading national and international organizations. 





 Program at a Glance

Degree Awarded:

Master of Arts in Education and Human Development

Course Delivery:

*Dependent Upon Courses Selected

Program Entry:

*Dependent Upon Courses Selected


The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits distributed as outlined below, with the approval of the faculty program advisor:

3 credits in research courses
27 credits in courses that meet student’s program goals and objectives
All work toward the degree must be specified at the time the initial program is developed.

 Apply Now

GSEHD’s Office of Admissions invites you to apply for a spot in our program. Please review the following admission and financial information.

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To learn more about the program, admission process, and upcoming events, please connect with the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.

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To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the online application form as well as the following required supporting documents. There is no application fee.

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree

  • Resume

  • Statement of Purpose

  • One Letter of Recommendation

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants.

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2024. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Application Timeline Spring Summer Fall
Priority Deadline Aug 1 Nov 1 Nov 1
Round 1 Deadline Sept 15 Dec 15 Dec 15
Round 2 Deadline Nov 1 Jan 16 Jan 16
Round 3 Deadline Dec 15 March 1 March 1
Round 4 Deadline N/A May 1 May 1
Round 5 Deadline N/A N/A Jun 15
Round 6 Deadline N/A N/A Aug 1


For more information or to inquire about the next admissions cycle, contact the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.



 Tuition & Financial Aid


We know embarking upon graduate school is a big decision - due in part to the costs of attending. At GW, we understand the time and thought behind making graduate school work for you. Please take a moment to learn more about the options and opportunities available to help fund your graduate education.

Learn more about scholarships, grants & financial aid  

Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour, unless otherwise noted. Rates vary by program and location.

The tuition rate* for the Individualized Master's program is $1,230 per credit hour.

This program requires 30 credits.

Please note: Additional fees may apply for international students, late fees, etc. Current tuition rates may be updated during the year.

*Summer 2024, Fall 2024 and Spring 2025

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Scholarships are available to eligible admitted students. Review eligibility requirements and learn more about funding your education >






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