The George Washington University

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Higher Education Administration


GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus


Program Information

Degree Offered:

63-Credit (post-Master's) Program in Higher Education Administration leading to an Ed.D. Degree. There are two distinct tracks of the HEA Doctoral Program. While both tracks have the same expectations, requirements, admissions criteria and faculty, they differ in their delivery method. Virginia Cohort Track. Small cohort classes of 12-18 students meet one weekend per month, year round at GW's Virginia Campus in Ashburn, Virginia (just outside of the District of Columbia). The cohort track focuses on general administration of higher education. Classes are offered Fridays and Saturdays. Matriculation is in fall term only. Foggy Bottom Traditional Track. The traditional track is a self-paced program offered at the Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC. Classes are offered on weekday evenings for part- and full-time students. Students select electives to create individualized dissertation areas of emphases. Matriculation is in fall and spring terms., 36-Credit Master's Program in Higher Education Administration leading to an M.A. in Ed.H.D. Degree. Offered on the Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, D.C.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The mission of the GW Higher Education Administration (HEA) Program is to prepare exceptional leaders for administrative, academic and research positions in two- and four-year higher education institutions, national and international associations, government agencies, and other post-secondary educational settings. From Master's to Doctoral degrees, the Higher Education Administration Program has a strong tradition of preparing engaged leaders ready to meet tomorrow's challenges in higher and post-secondary education. Program graduates rise rapidly within administrative and scholarly ranks based on their knowledge, skills, experiences, and research expertise developed while involved in the Program’s community of scholar-practitioners centered in the nation’s capital.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans and alternative loans to graduate students seeking to finance their graduate educations.

Locale: Large City