Admission deadlines: Fall - Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in January, with a final deadline of April 1 (February 1 for fellowship consideration).
Spring - Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in August, with a final deadline of October 1.
Applications submitted after the deadlines indicated above will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Standardized test scores: GRE general test (institutional code 5246). Waived for applicants who hold a JD, MD, or PhD.
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 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; or
- TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 53
Recommendations required: One (1) recommendation.
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 forensic psychology. 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.
Additional requirements: An interview is required for those applicants whose application is deemed by the faculty to indicate a high probability of success in the program. Applicants for whom a personal interview would create an undue hardship may request that the interview be conducted telephonically.
Interview: An interview is required.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Graduate Studies
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

For additional information about the admissions process visit the Columbian College  of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

202-994-6210 (phone)

Hours: 9:00 am to 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.

37 credits, including 25 credits in required courses, 12 credits in elective courses, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

FORP 6101Psychology and the Legal System I
FORP 6102Psychology and the Legal System II
FORP 6103Theories of Criminal Behavior
FORP 6104Psychopathology
FORP 6105Basics of Psychological Assessment
FORP 6106Ethics in Forensic Psychology
FORP 6107Research and Statistics
FORP 6108Consultation and Testimony
FORP 6130Practicum/Externship
Potential curriculum paths
Applied forensics
Four of the following recommended elective courses:
FORP 6117Interrogation and Interviewing
FORP 6118Psychological Profiling
FORP 6119Police Psychology
FORP 6120Counterintelligence
FORP 6128Terrorism and Counterterrorism
FORP 6129Investigative and Police Psychology
FORP 6150Advanced Topics in Forensic Psychology
Applied psychology
Four of the following recommended elective courses:
FORP 6109Rehabilitation and Treatment of Incarcerated Individuals
FORP 6110Violence Risk and Threat Assessment
FORP 6111Evaluation and Treatment of Sex Offenders
FORP 6112Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment
FORP 6113Victimology
FORP 6115Children and Adolescents in the Legal System
FORP 6131Individuals with Mental Illness in the Legal System
FORP 6150Advanced Topics in Forensic Psychology
Other requirements
Successful completion of a master’s comprehensive examination is required.