Psychology: PhD in Clinical Psychology

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The PhD in Clinical Psychology program follows the scientist-practitioner model. In this American Psychological Association-accredited program, students are trained as applied researchers and scientists, developing skills in the research methods used to advance knowledge of the causes, prevention and treatment of emotional, behavioral and interpersonal problems.

Program faculty subscribe to a range of theoretical orientations, including cognitive-behavioral, family systems, social ecology and community frameworks. These faculty perspectives enable students to develop a broad base of knowledge, as well as specialize in particular areas of research and/or evidence-based application.

The program’s coursework, research and clinical training embrace a community psychology perspective that emphasizes the importance of understanding the associations between individuals and the settings and systems in which they are embedded. This ecological orientation is evident throughout the curriculum and reflects the program theme: prevention and health promotion in diverse urban communities. Because of this focus, the clinical psychology program is also recognized by the Society for Community Research and Action as a doctoral clinical-community training program.

 

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:
   Fall: December 1
 
Standardized test scores:
GRE general test (institutional code 5246).  Except for Industial/Organizational Psychology program, the GRE general test is waived for applications 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 Ph.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 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.
Additional requirements:
Clinical Psychology: The Clinical Psychology program rarely admits students with scores below the following:
  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.10
  • Verbal GRE: 56th percentile
  • Quantitative GRE: 32nd percentile
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 – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday