At the GW Professional Psychology Program, we take great pride in our accomplished student body. We admit individuals with a record of outstanding academic achievement and consistent interest in the field of clinical psychology who represent a wide range of professional interests, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and academic and work histories.

Admission Requirements

Graduate admission FAQ. The minimum requirements for admission include:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a college or university that is regionally accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency, or an equivalent academic degree from a foreign college or university

  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.

  • Undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in psychology and a statistics course is evaluated for all applicants.

  • The GRE general test is required. The general test is waived for applicants who hold a J.D., M.D., or Ph.D. The program does not have a minimum required score for Graduate Admission exams or Academic achievement, but most students admitted to the program have GRE scores above the median and GPA will above 3.0.

  • For applicants who do not have an undergraduate or graduate degree in Psychology, the GRE subject test in Psychology is required. 

To apply to GW Professional Psychology Program, please follow the step-by-step process; specific application requirements are listed here. Applications are submitted through our Graduate Application Center. This system maintains your confidentiality through the assignment of a user name, allows you to complete the application at your convenience, and also enables you to review the status of your application as it goes through the review and decision process.

Application Deadlines

The doctoral program deadline is December 1.

Evaluation of Applications

The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants on a number of factors:

  • Academic performance
  • Strength of recommendations
  • Personal and professional presentation throughout the admission process
  • Clinical experience/interest
  • Prior professional work experience
  • Integrity, motivation, maturity, professionalism, and personal ethics

If your application is rated as being a good fit for our program, you will be invited to attend an applicant orientation and interview with faculty.

Acceptance of Admission

The Program Director will notify you of your application status via e-mail. You will subsequently be asked to respond by email and postal mail to an admission letter from the Graduate Dean.

Wait List

Due to the competitive nature of our applicants and limited number of acceptances offered per year, you may be placed on a wait list. You will be notified via email or telephone of your status from the program director.

Transfer Credit

On a case-by-case basis, students may receive approval for up to 27 graduate transfer credits. Previously earned graduate credits in standardized core content areas (e.g., statistics, research methods, biological bases) are more likely to be approved than program-specific clinical courses. Due to carefully sequenced clinical training, students with transfer credits will not be able to reduce the overall number of semesters of required training.

Transfer credits are not reviewed prior to program admission. Transfer credits of admitted students are approved by the program after review by the student’s advisor and the instructor of the relevant course. Incoming students should petition their advisors for such credits early in their first semester. Approval of a large number of credit hours in transfer credits, i.e., approaching 27 credits, is likely to occur only in cases of previously earned doctoral degrees.