Admission deadlines: Fall - December 15
Standardized test scores: GRE general test (institutional code 5246).
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.
Minimum scores for the program are:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0; or
- TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 68;
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, research experience 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.
Interview: An interview is required.
International applicants only: Please review International Applicant Information (https://columbian.gwu.edu/international-graduate-applicants) carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements.

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 – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 72 credits, including 42 credits in required courses, 12 credits in elective courses, and 18 credits in dissertation research.

Required
Methods/statistics
DNSC 6274Statistical Modeling and Analysis
DNSC 6275Advanced Statistical Modeling and Analysis
DNSC 6276Exploratory and Multivariate Data Analysis
ORSC 8261Research Methods in Organizational Sciences
PSYC 8231Development of Psychometric Instruments
Industrial/organizational psychology core
ORSC 6212Current Issues in Personnel Testing and Selection
ORSC 6214Personnel Training and Performance Appraisal Systems
ORSC 6297Special Topics
PSYC 8243Seminar: Psychology of Leadership in Organizations
PSYC 8245Seminar: Organizational Behavior
PSYC 8260Psychology of Work Group Development
PSYC 8291Theories of Organizational Behavior
Psychology breadth
One course from the following:
PSYC 8253Social Cognition *
PSYC 8254Social Influence *
PSYC 8255Attitudes and Attitude Change *
One course from the following:
PSYC 8203Experimental Foundations of Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition *
PSYC 8204Experimental Foundations of Psychology: Biological Basis of Behavior *
Electives**
12 credits in elective courses selected from the following:
ECON 6219Managerial Economics
ORSC 6209Management Systems
ORSC 6216Theories and Management of Planned Change
ORSC 6217Productivity and Human Performance
ORSC 6241Strategic Management and Policy Formation
ORSC 6242Organizational Communication and Conflict Management
ORSC 6246Comparative Management
ORSC 6248Strategic Human Resource Planning
PSYC 8203Experimental Foundations of Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition *
PSYC 8204Experimental Foundations of Psychology: Biological Basis of Behavior *
PSYC 8211Community Psychology I *
PSYC 8253Social Cognition *
PSYC 8254Social Influence *
PSYC 8255Attitudes and Attitude Change *
PSYC 8256Introduction to Survey Research
PSYC 8257Current Topics in Social Psychology
STAT 2118Regression Analysis
STAT 3119Analysis of Variance
Dissertation
PSYC 8998Advanced Reading and Research (taken for 3 credits)
PSYC 8999Dissertation Research (taken for 15 credits)
*Can be used as an elective only if it is not chosen to fulfill the breadth requirement.
** The list of electives is not exhaustive. At least 3 credits must be taken in a course outside of the PSYC designation.