Graduate School of Education - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Education, PhD - Specialization in International Education/Education Leadership

The new PhD specialization with an international as well as an education leadership focus is recruiting for Summer 2020. Fall/Spring courses are offered online.

Applications for this program are now being accepted. While the program will start SUMMER 2020 - the application semester you will be applying for will be Fall 2020. Please look for the IE/EL Specialization under the Fall 2020 application. Your application will be considered for the program and will start summer 2020.

The International Education/Education Leadership (IEEL) PhD specialization is a unique opportunity for international school professionals to complete a PhD in a specialized cohort program that includes online and summer face-to-face classes.

The focus for this joint specialization is on teacher leaders, early administrators, and others interested in international schools both locally and globally. Courses are designed to help aspiring leaders in the international school community earn a PhD. Students will engage in doctoral studies at one of the highest-ranking research institutions in the United States of America.

Applications will be accepted beginning Fall 2019 and students will begin coursework in Summer 2020. Participation in the IEEL program specializations will ensure that your coursework is complete over three years (three summers and six semesters). Once students advance to candidacy they have four years to complete their doctoral dissertation. Applicants should have a minimum of 3 years of teaching and/or leadership experience in K-12 settings.

Course Work

General Culture (3 credits)

Research Methods (15 credits)

International Education & Education Leadership Specialization Courses (36 credits)

International Education (IE) courses include:

Education Leadership (EL) courses include:

Internship and Independent Study

Dissertation (12 credits)


Students complete an educational portfolio as part of the requirement of the Ph.D. program. The portfolio is an organized, selective collection of documents designed to facilitate a student's academic and professional development, and to provide a basis for evaluation of degree progress. The portfolio represents the scope and depth of a student's goals, plans, and accomplishments in coursework, independent study, research, internships, and other advanced learning activities. The portfolio thus provides both a vehicle for self-reflection and a comprehensive record of a doctoral student's experiences and ongoing progress toward academic and professional goals.

Contact the Ph.D. Program for additional information.