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PhD in Education


  • Bachelor's and master's degrees from regionally accredited institutions.
  • Two sealed official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Applicants do not need to send in transcripts for courses taken at George Mason University.
  • Complete graduate application to include application fee and a 750-1000 word goal statement that addresses the reasons for choosing to enter the PhD in Education and Human Development program. Steps for Applying .
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional references. Please use Letters of Recommendation Form.
  • A minimum of three years of successful work experience in an educational, community, or human services environment.
  • Applicants are required to take the GRE revised General Test. GRE scores are valid within five years of the application deadline.
  • Current resume.
  • PhD departmental form to indicate your intended area of specialization.
  • If you are an applicant with international credentials, please review requirements listed in Step 1 which includes a PowerPoint tutorial to aid you in the international application process.

Supporting documentation should be sent in one package to:

George Mason University
CEHD Admissions
4400 University Dr., MS 4D1
Fairfax, VA 22030

Application Deadlines

Students admitted for fall are eligible to begin course work in the summer or fall term.

  • Fall: December 15
  • Spring: September 1

Non-Degree Studies

Students may take a maximum of 12 credits through the Non-Degree Studies. Prospective doctoral students may enroll only in doctoral-level courses in their area of specialization. Once admitted to the PhD in Education and Human Development program, students with the approval of their advisory committee and the program director may transfer their credits into their PhD program. Other doctoral-level courses are not open to students who have not been admitted to the PhD in Education and Human Development program.