Admission deadlines:
Fall – December 1
Standardized test scores: 
GRE general test is not required.
Applicants without a degree in psychology should submit the GRE Subject Test in psychology. 
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 Psy.D. 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 in psychology with relevant background and experience, or a master’s degree in psychology. 
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 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.

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.

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 required courses, practical requirements, general examination, and major area paper.

Core courses
PSYD 8201Psychological Assessment
PSYD 8202Psychological Assessment
PSYD 8203Practicum in Clinical Psychology
PSYD 8204Biological Bases of Clinical Psychology
PSYD 8205Psychodynamic Psychopathology
PSYD 8206Cognitive Bases of Clinical Psychology
PSYD 8207Group and Organizational Dynamics
PSYD 8209Statistics and Research Design
PSYD 8210Professional Issues
PSYD 8220Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
PSYD 8221Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
PSYD 8222Behavioral–Cognitive Therapies
PSYD 8225Theories of Mind
PSYD 8226Ego Psychology/Object Relations Theory
PSYD 8227History and Systems of Clinical Psychology
PSYD 8231Short-Term Psychotherapy
or PSYD 8240 Group Psychotherapy
PSYD 8246Community Intervention (Consultation)
PSYD 8261Life Span Development
PSYD 8270Current Topics in Clinical Psychology
Topics offered annually under PSYD 8270 include Psychological Assessment III, Empirical Research, Prevention, and Supervision.
Additional coursework
Sufficient courses chosen from one of three tracks (adult, assessment, or child and adolescent) to complete the minimum requirement of 83 credits in graduate courses.

Practical requirements


Successful completion of the practicum seminar PSYD 8203 in the summer of the 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.

General Examination

Satisfactory completion of the general examination.

Major area paper

Satisfactory completion of a major area paper.