Psychology Schools in Washington DC

Washington DC, the nation’s capitol, is home to some of the country’s leading colleges and universities. The following guide to psychology schools in the District of Columbia provides you with key information on the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs in Washington DC. The universities in the nation’s capitol feature a range of psychology programs with concentrations in personality and social psychology, experimental psychology, and general psychology. For those students seeking convenience and flexibility, an online psychology degree may be the answer. Many schools offer programs partially or fully online.

Quick Facts

  • There are 9 colleges and universities with psychology degree programs in Washington DC.
  • 9 schools provide a master’s or advanced degree in psychology.
  • Highest graduation rate*: Georgetown University 94%1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Trinity Washington University 19%1
  • Highest net price*: Catholic University of America $35,1601
  • Lowest net price*: Gallaudet University $11,8761
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for schools in Washington DC with psychology and counseling programs*: $11,986 – $41,6552
  • 0 Schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013
  • 2 Schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): Georgetown University (21) and American University (77)
  • We found 4 highly ranked psychology doctorate programs by the National Research Council (2005-06) S-Ranking: George Washington University (112), Howard University (161), Catholic University of America (171), and American University (193).

*For 4-year colleges and universities with psychology degree programs. Transfer-out rate is the percentage of students who started as a freshman in 2005 and transferred to a different school without earning a degree at the initial institution.

Keep reading to learn more about several of the popular undergraduate and graduate psychology programs offered at some of Washington DC’s top universities.

Psychology Undergraduate Programs in Washington DC

George Washington University
George Washington University’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology program allows students to concentrate in cognitive neuroscience or industrial and organizational psychology. In addition to general college requirements, psychology majors must complete core and elective psychology courses encompassing such topics as research methods, principles and methods, and history and systems. Research opportunities with faculty are available as the department awards research fellowships to select undergraduate students. Students, who want to expand their cultural experiences and resumes, may opt to participate in a study abroad program. Academically eligible psychology majors can join Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology students, which hosts events on campus throughout the year.

Howard University
Howard University awards the Bachelor of Arts (BA) to students who successfully complete the four-year, 127 credit undergraduate program, which prepares students to continue to graduate study. Psychology requirements total 39 credits and consist of such courses as experimental psychology, psychological testing, cognition, brain and behavior, and general social psychology. A psychology practicum is offered and allows students to gain real-world experience under the supervision of a professional in the psychology field. Psychology students may minor in another area, which requires between 15 and 18 credits. Students can also hone their research skills by working in one of the psychology department’s research labs.

Psychology Graduate Programs in Washington DC

American University
American University confers the Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology to graduate students who successfully complete the 33 credit program. Graduate students may tailor their degree by specializing in general psychology, personality and social psychology, or experimental and biological psychology. Students must complete and defend a thesis unless enrolled in the general psychology track, in which case the thesis is optional. All graduate students must pass a comprehensive written exam to fulfill degree requirements. Preparing for the exam includes reading required material. Graduate students may also participate in an internship – working with autistic children, for example – to gain real world experience.

Georgetown University
Through its Graduate Program in Psychology, Georgetown University offers a five-year, full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Psychology. Developmental science, public policy, and health/medicine are the areas of study of the program and the campus is located near the White House, Congress, and the National Academies. Georgetown also offers a new Interdisciplinary PhD in Cognitive Science program, which can be taken simultaneously with the PhD in Psychology. A concentration in Human Development and Public Policy comprising 42 credits and a 51-credit dual degree in Psychology and Public Policy are offered, as well as a concentration in Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience that comprises 48 or 49 credits. Students in the Human Development and Public Policy track maintain close ties with the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at the McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP). In the Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience concentration, students may focus their research on early/late childhood, adolescence, adulthood, or aging. Courses required for all concentrations include Lifespan Development: Brain and Cognition, Human Development in Context, and a Graduate Tutorial in Teaching.

Schools with Psychology Degree Programs in Washington DC

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George Washington University
2121 I St NW
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-1000

Student Review: “I really enjoyed my experience as a psychology major at George Washington University. The first psychology course you will take is Intro to Psychology. This course will tell you the big pictures of everything and psychology and will get you very excited for the major you are about to explore. Many students are also psych majors, so there will always be someone to study with. During your psychology writing courses, you will learn and be able to apply everything you have learned allowing you to be able to go through the class with flying colors. The only downfall to this major is that I wish there were a wider selection of psychology electives to take. The ones offered are great, but at such a big school I would expect more. All in all, psychology at GWU is one of the greatest programs you could ask for.” – Student at George Washington University

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