Fall – December 1
Standardized test scores:
GRE general test is required (Institution Code: 5246). The general test only is waived for applicants who hold a J.D., M.D., or Ph.D.
Applicants without a degree in psychology should also submit the GRE Subject Test in psychology. However, if you are unable to take the GRE Psychology Subject test due to pandemic restrictions at nearby testing sites, please include in your essay information about how well prepared you are for graduate-level psychology coursework.
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 PsyD. program are:
A bachelor’s degree in psychology with relevant background and experience, or a master’s degree in psychology.
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 clinical psychology. Include your clinical and research interests and your career plans. In addition, as a window on your self-awareness, interpersonal perception, and understanding of other perspectives, in three 250 word essays: 1) describe yourself; 2) describe someone you know well; 3) describe how that person would describe you.
An on-campus interview is required.
International applicants only:
Please review International Applicant Information 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 215
Washington DC 20052
Contact for questions:
firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 202-994-6210 (phone) ~ 202-994-6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.
Satisfactory completion of at least 83 credits of approved graduate coursework. A maximum of 12 credits may be taken in courses offered by the other affiliated members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. Doctor of psychology students must complete all degree requirements within five years of matriculation in the program.
Successful completion of all required coursework and practical requirements and the general examination.
|PSYD 8201||Psychological Assessment|
|PSYD 8202||Psychological Assessment|
|PSYD 8203||Practicum in Clinical Psychology|
|PSYD 8204||Biological Bases of Clinical Psychology|
|PSYD 8205||Psychodynamic Psychopathology|
|PSYD 8206||Cognitive Bases of Clinical Psychology|
|PSYD 8207||Group and Organizational Dynamics|
|PSYD 8209||Statistics and Research Design|
|PSYD 8210||Professional Issues|
|PSYD 8220||Psychodynamic Psychotherapy|
|PSYD 8221||Psychodynamic Psychotherapy|
|PSYD 8222||Behavioral–Cognitive Therapies|
|PSYD 8225||Theories of Mind|
|PSYD 8226||Ego Psychology/Object Relations Theory|
|PSYD 8227||History and Systems of Clinical Psychology|
|PSYD 8231||Short-Term Psychotherapy|
|or PSYD 8240||Group Psychotherapy|
|PSYD 8246||Community Intervention (Consultation)|
|PSYD 8261||Life Span Development|
|PSYD 8270||Current Topics in Clinical Psychology *|
|*Topics offered annually include Psychological Assessment III, Empirical Research, Prevention, and Supervision.|
|Courses chosen from one of three tracks (adult, assessment, or child and adolescent) to complete the minimum requirement of 83 credits in graduate coursework.|
|Successful completion of the practicum seminar PSYD 8203 in summer of first year and each fall and spring semester thereafter, as well as an additional practicum during a summer session.|
|Successful completion of an externship comprising a year-long, part-time supervised clinical assignment in two years of the program. A failed externship may, in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the program director, be repeated. If the student fails a second time, no further opportunity will be provided, and the student’s degree candidacy is terminated.|
|Successful completion of a one-year, full-time internship at an institution approved by the program faculty is required. If the student fails the internship, no further opportunity will be provided and the student’s degree candidacy is terminated.|
|Satisfactory completion of the general examination.|
Degree of master of psychology
Students who have earned 53 credits toward the PsyD may receive the degree of master of psychology (MPsy).
Transfer of Credit
Provisions are the same as those of the doctor of philosophy program, above, except that up to 27 credits may be transferred into the program.
Transfer of Credit
Provisions are the same as those of the Doctor of Philosophy Program, above, except that up to 27 credits may be transferred into the program.
The General Examination
Students are required to complete the general examination no later than the beginning of the final semester of the program. A student who fails to pass any part of the general examination may, in exceptional circumstances, and with the approval of the program, repeat the examination at the next scheduled date. If the student fails a second time, no further opportunity to take the examination is permitted and the student’s degree candidacy is terminated.