Professional Psychology

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Offered through the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ social and behavioral sciences discipline, the professional psychology program teaches students clinical research methods for new discoveries. Students receive in-depth psychodynamic training that combines extensive practical experience with classes on scientific foundations of psychology taught by seasoned clinicians, scholars and researchers. Students also study cognitive behavioral, systems and community consultation approaches. They have opportunities to learn group, family and short-term interventions and to work in hospital, forensic and school settings.

The professional psychology program offers a substantive introduction to the basic science aspects of psychology and the skills required of a clinical psychologist. Students take a series of foundation courses outlining biological, cognitive, social and cultural foundations; basic and more advanced clinical courses, such as psychopathology, group dynamics, assessment, psychotherapy, supervision and consultation; and research methods, statistics, history and systems and ethics courses.

The advanced curriculum offers courses tailored within three broad tracks: adult, assessment and child. In addition to classroom work, students work with a diverse patient population at different public and private agencies as well as at the department’s in-house clinic.

Upon completion of coursework and prior to receiving the Psy.D., students perform a one-year, full-time internship.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:
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.
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:
  • 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.
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