Admission deadlines: Fall: December 1
Standardized test scores: The GRE General Exam is recommended but not required for the application. (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 ( 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

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The following requirements must be fulfilled:

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

The requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Program.

72 credits, including 33 credits in core requirements, 21 to 27 credits in elective courses, and 12 to 18 credits in dissertation, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

Required core
Applied social
PSYC 8253Social Cognition
PSYC 8254Social Influence
PSYC 8255Attitudes and Attitude Change
PSYC 8277Health Psychology
DNSC 6274Statistical Modeling and Analysis
DNSC 6275Advanced Statistical Modeling and Analysis
DNSC 6276Exploratory and Multivariate Data Analysis
PSYC 8202Psychological Research Methods and Procedures
PSYC 8256Introduction to Survey Research
6 credits in psychology (PSYC) courses out of the applied social program.
21 to 27 credits in elective courses. Recommended electives are listed below; other courses may be selected in consultation with the advisor.
PSYC 8218Evidence-Based Interventions
PSYC 8231Development of Psychometric Instruments
PSYC 8245Seminar: Organizational Behavior
PSYC 8257Current Topics in Social Psychology
PSYC 8258Qualitative Research and Analysis
PSYC 8259Psychology of Individual and Group Decision Making
PSYC 8279Special Topics in Health Psychology
PSYC 8295Independent Research
12 to 18 credits in dissertation.
PSYC 8998Advanced Reading and Research
PSYC 8999Dissertation Research
Comprehensive examination
Students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination.