Psychology Graduate Programs in Washington, D.C.

Nov 20, 2018

Washington, D.C. has several institutions that offer a variety of graduate psychology degrees. The graduate programs, including eligibility requirements, at four schools in the nation's capital will be explored here.

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Individuals interested in furthering their career with a graduate degree in psychology can choose from degrees ranging from a master's in counseling psychology to a PhD in neuropsychology. A graduate degree will prepare students for careers in a variety of sectors, such as mental health, social services, or business.

School Comparison

Tuition rates for the four institutions included here start under $15,000 and range up to more than $45,000.

Institution Location Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Catholic University of America Washington, D.C. $45,020
Trinity Washington University Washington, D.C. $13,680
Howard University Washington, D.C. $32,884
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. $28,927

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)

Washington, D.C. Colleges with Graduate Psychology Programs

Catholic University of America

Catholic University of America's mission is to create an environment of academic excellence and faith. The university offers three master's degrees in the field of pyschology: An MA in Psychology, MA in Human Factors Psychology, and a dual degree in psychology and law. Doctoral degree options include clinical psychology, applied experimental psychology, and human development psychology. Prospective students will need to complete an online graduate application and pay a $60 application fee. The application includes a statement of purpose, three references, and unofficial transcripts. If accepted into the program, applicants will need to supply their official transcripts and pay a $300 deposit.

Trinity Washington University

Trinity Washington University follows the tenets of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, with a commitment to preparing graduates academically and spiritually. The university offers a unique opportunity for students completing their bachelor's degree in psychology to also earn their Master of Arts in School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This transition occurs during their senior year of bachelor's coursework. Interested students will need to submit a pre-application screening form during the fall semester of their third year in college. Eligibility requirements include at least a 3.5 GPA. The formal admissions process involves an application, personal statement, and two references.

Howard University

Howard University has five PhD psychology programs: clinical, personality, social, developmental, and neuropsychology. Students can also pursue minors in any of these areas, along with cognitive and quantitative psychology. Interested students should complete an online application form and pay the $75.00 application fee. Supporting documentation includes a resume, autobiographical sketch, optional writing sample, three recommendations, and GRE scores.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Washington, D.C.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Washington, D.C. offers many choices for master's and doctoral programs. Master's degree options include Counseling Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and Applied Behavior Analysis. Students can pursue doctoral degrees in areas like Clinical Psychology, Business Psychology, and International Psychology. The school also offers a dual master's degree in counseling psychology and applied behavior analysis. Students will need a bachelor's degree to apply for admissions. Students will need to take the GRE for the Pys.D. in clinical psychology, clinical forensic psychology, and business psychology. They will usually need at least a 3.0 GPA for master's programs and at least 3.2 GPA for doctoral programs.

Washington, D.C. provides students with both master's and doctoral-level psychology degrees. Most of the programs require full-time enrollment and students can choose from various concentration areas available.

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