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Political Psychology

Elliott School of International Affairs

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The Political Psychology Graduate Certificate program considers the psychological issues of voters, legislators, bureaucrats and leaders, local and national governments and administrations, international organizations, political parties, and associations. The director of the program is Jerrold Post.

To complete the certificate in political psychology, students must take four core courses plus two supporting courses.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – February 1
Spring – October 1

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations, preferably one from an academic source.

Standardized tests: General test of the GRE (institution code 5246); waived for applicants with eight or more years of professional work experience.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If academic records are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided.  The English translations alone should be uploaded into the online application.  Official transcripts and certified English translations will be required of applicants who are offered admission.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of approximately 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at the Elliott School of International Affairs. As part of your statement of purpose, describe your academic and research interests, career objectives, and how a degree from the Elliott School will enable you to achieve your goals. Please be specific.

International applicants only: 

Please note that international applicants who require a student visa are not eligible for admission to this program.

Elliott School programs require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
 The Elliott School of International Affairs
 The George Washington University
 1957 E Street, NW, Suite 301 ~ Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
 esiagrad@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.7050 ~ 202.994.9537 (fax)
 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday