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Psychology

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Students in psychology explore theory, develop research skills, and learn how to approach issues concerning individuals and their communities and societies. The program offers courses that reflect the wide-ranging field of psychology as the study of normal and abnormal behavior and of the psychological, social and biological processes related to that behavior.

The clinical program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. It focuses on research and preventive interventions addressing health, diversity, and community issues. The cognitive neuroscience program provides focused training and research experience in the areas of cognition, learning and memory, with emphasis on the psychobiological determinants of these functions. Students in the applied social psychology program take a core of classes on topics including social cognition and attitudes, and apply their knowledge of social psychology and their research skills primarily in the area of health promotion. The Industrial/Organizational (I/O) program offers training and research experience in areas such as personnel selection, training and development, work motivation, leadership, work teams, and organizational culture.

 

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall

  • Clinical Psychology: December 1
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology : December 15
  • Applied Social Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience: January 5

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5246).  Except for Clinical Psychology program, the GRE general test is waived for applications who hold a J.D., M.D., or Ph.D.

Prerequisite requirements:

A bachelor's degree with a major in psychology. Students whose academic preparation is in other disciplines will be expected to have completed prerequisite undergraduate courses to prepare for graduate study in psychology before admission.

Recommendations required:

Three (3) recommendations

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 must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application. If you are applying for an assistantship or fellowship, you should also describe any teaching experience you have had.

Additional requirements:

Applicants to the Clinical Psychology program must upload a current resumé to their online application.

The following minimum GPA and GRE requirements are required for admission to the Clinical Psychology program:

  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.10
  • Verbal GRE: 56th percentile
  • Quantitative GRE: 32nd percentile

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements.

Please note that the following minimum English language test scores are required for admission to the program:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on the paper-based test or 100 on the Internet-based test; or
  • PTE Academic: 68.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
askccas@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday