Forensic Psychology

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts (M.A.)
Location(s): Alexandria Graduate Education Center

Program Overview

The Forensic Psychology program offers two tracks: Applied Forensics, which prepares students for careers in law enforcement or homeland security; and Applied Psychology, which prepares students for careers as providers of direct services to clients in organizations such as correctional facilities and community action organizations and can serve as a springboard for clinical work at the doctoral level. Students are required to complete 250 hours of externship training, tailored to their professional interest. Day, evening and weekend classes are offered to accommodate both full-time students and working professionals.


Admission Requirements

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 J.D., M.D., or Ph.D.

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 M.A. 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.


An interview is required. 

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, 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:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday