The following materials are required for the application to the Department of Psychology’s Graduate Program, and all must be submitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences directly. Please do not send materials to the Department.
Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply page for additional details and FAQs.
- Current Curriculum Vitae
Your academic resume that lists all educational and academic achievements.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical scores are required. The Psychology subject test is not required. For information concerning the GRE, including testing dates, times, and locations, applicants should contact: Educational Testing Service (ETS), The Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Georgetown University Graduate School Code: 5244.
- Three Letters of Recommendation
Three official recommendations are required by the Graduate School. These recommendations must be from persons in positions to appraise the applicant’s potential for graduate study in psychology. Please visit the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Admissions webpage (new window) for complete information about submitting applications.
- Statement of Academic, Professional, and Personal Goals
Important: A 500-word statement of academic, professional, and personal goals is required. This statement should:
- include a discussion of how graduate school in Psychology will help you to achieve these goals;
- specify your interest in one of the two areas of concentration;
- indicate which faculty member/s you would want to work with and how you see their interests meshing with yours. This latter information is very important because the fit between student and faculty research interests is a key component in admissions decisions.
- Writing Sample
Typically chosen from psychology or other science-oriented undergraduate work, your writing sample should best reflect your abilities and interests as they relate to your chosen concentration in the Ph.D. Program. Examples may include an undergraduate thesis or journal article. Your writing sample should be written in English. If the work you have available is not an accurate representation of your current professional writing you may submit a sample from your professional work instead.
- Demonstration of Proficiency in English (for Non-native English Speakers Only)
All applicants who are not native English speakers are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the following:
- Receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university in another country where English is the primary language of instruction.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (new window)(TOEFL): All other non-native speakers must achieve a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based tests) or minimum score of 100 (internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This test should be taken in time to allow the results to be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate application deadline. For information concerning the time and place where the TOEFL will be given, applicants should contact the Educational Testing Service (new window)(ETS). The Georgetown University Graduate School ETS Code is “5244.”
- The International English Language Testing System (new window)(IELTS). On the IELTS, applicants should score 7.0 (seven) or higher.
For complete information about the application process please refer to the Admissions section of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ website. Further questions about admission requirements should be directed to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Washington, DC 20057-1004
Tel. (202) 687-5568
Fax: (202) 687-6802