FAQ

Admissions

When is the application due?
How many people apply to the program and how many are admitted?
What information do I need to submit with the application form?
What are the typical GRE scores for applicants admitted to the program?
What is the typical undergraduate GPA of applicants admitted to the program?
How is work experience evaluated by the admissions committee?
Which undergraduate degrees are preferred?
Does the admission committee recognize international degrees in evaluating applicants?


Funding

Do students in the program get financial support?
What type of financial support do students receive from the university?
Does the university offer fellowships?
Are there internship opportunities for students who do not receive funding from the university?
How is the department's financial support (i.e. fellowships, TA's and/or RA's)? 


Program

Will I have an advisor assigned to me when I start the program?
Do credits from a related MA or MS degree transfer?
How long does it typically take students to graduate?
Are students enrolled full-time in the program or are they working professionals enrolled part-time?
Does the program offer courses on Saturday?
How many courses (credits) do I take in a semester?
Do students have the opportunity to conduct research with more than 1 faculty member?
What are some recent publications, grants or projects of current faculty and students?
What is the general research "atmosphere" in the department?Do you find the atmosphere is more cooperative or competitive?  Are graduate students interested and supportive of each others research projects and class work?
Is there support for attendance at professional conferences?
Is there interaction or collaboration with the business school for research and or class work?
How are the University/Department resources (i.e. library, computer hardware and software etc.)?
How long does it typically take students to complete their degree? 
What year do comprehensive exams occur?  How are these exams structured?
Are internships or practical experience encouraged and/or required? In what year does this occur?  Does the department have any ties to local businesses and/or professional organizations?


Professional Opportunities

What types of organizations do students/graduates enter?
Where do graduates of the program work?


When is the application due? [back to top]

January 5 to be considered for the Fall term. We do not admit students for Spring or Summer starts.

 

How many people apply to the program and how many are admitted? [back to top]
Three of the 90 applicants to the program were admitted in Fall 2015.

 

What information do I need to submit with the application form? [back to top]
You will need to submit the following information with your application form:

  1. An official transcript from each college and university attended.
  2. A statement of purpose.
  3. Three letters of recommendations.
  4. GRE-General Test scores. The GRE-subject test for Psychology is not considered.

Visit the CCAS graduate application page for all the necessary forms and more specific information about the application process.

 

What are the typical GRE scores for applicants admitted to the program? [back to top]
The average GRE scores for students entering the program in Fall 15 was 154 for the GRE-V and 155 for the GRE-Q.

 

What is the typical undergraduate GPA of applicants admitted to the program? [back to top]
The average undergraduate GPA for students entering the program in Fall 15 was 3.7.

 

How is work experience evaluated by the admissions committee? [back to top]
Work experience is generally not a consideration in the admission process. It may be considered if the experience directly supports the applicant’s capability for graduate study.

 

Which undergraduate degrees are preferred? [back to top]
Most students in the program were psychology majors. Students who did not major in psychology took significant course work in psychology as an undergraduate (e.g., psychology minor) or received a master's degree in I/O psychology or a related field.

 

Does the admission committee recognize international degrees in evaluating applicants? [back to top]
Yes, degrees from colleges and universities located outside the United States are recognized by the admission committee.

 

Do students in the program get financial support? [back to top]
In recent years, the program has guaranteed students full funding the first two years. Several students have received funding beyond two years, although this is not guaranteed when an offer of admission is made.

 

What type of financial support do students receive from the university? [back to top]
Most financial support is through either a teaching or research assistantship that typically includes a full tuition award (18 hours), as well as a combination salary, and stipend of approximately 22,000 for the academic year. All assistantships require students to work up to 20 hours a week.

 

Does the university offer fellowships? [back to top]
Yes, the university does offer fellowships. However, fellowships are extremely competitive. Visit The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships page for specific information.

 

Are there internship opportunities for students who do not receive funding from the university? [back to top]
Yes, there are several internship opportunities in the DC area for students enrolled in the program. Examples of the internships held by students include the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Army Research Institute (ARI), Personnel Decision Research Institutes (PDRI), Federal Management Partners (FMI), and the World Bank.

 

How is the department's financial support (i.e. fellowships, TA's and/or RA's)? [back to top]
All incoming students receive two years of in-house support through GTAs, Fellowships, or grant funding. Third year students and beyond receive funding through grants, paid internships, or teaching opportunities depending on availability and interests.

 

Will I have an advisor assigned to me when I start the program? [back to top]
Yes, all students have an assigned faculty advisor with similar research interests.

 

Do credits from a related MA or MS degree transfer? [back to top]
Yes, students can transfer up to 18 graduate credits provided the course work meets the requirements set out in the University Bulletin and CCAS Graduate Student Handbook.

 

How long does it typically take students to graduate? [back to top]
Students typically finish the program in 5 years. The university requires that a student completely finish the program within eight years.

 

Are students enrolled full-time in the program or are they working professionals enrolled part-time? [back to top]
Students are enrolled in the program full-time. Students are expected to be regularly on campus taking courses and working with faculty on research.

 

Does the program offer courses on Saturday? [back to top]
No, courses are offered Monday through Thursday.

 

How many courses (credits) do I take in a semester? [back to top]
Students take three courses (nine credits) a semester during the first three years in the program.

 

Do students have the opportunity to conduct research with more than 1 faculty member? [back to top]
Absolutely. Many students choose to work with more than one faculty member during their course of study. 

 

What are some recent publications, grants or projects of current faculty and students? [back to top]
Research activities of faculty and students are listed under each person's name on this site.

 

What is the general research "atmosphere" in the department? Do you find the atmosphere is more cooperative or competitive?  Are graduate students interested and supportive of each others research projects and class work? 
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We strive to create a collaborative research environment.  Since we are selective in admission, we expect every student to excel and finish and work with students to make that happen. Graduate school is not a competition. 

 

Is there support for attendance at professional conferences[back to top]
Yes!  Each student currently can receive $600 a year from the university/department for attendance at a conference at which they are presenting a paper or poster.  Additional funds beyond $600 are available from a travel fund established by Marilyn Gowing, one of our alumni, up to the costs of attending the conference.

 

Is there interaction or collaboration with the business school for research and or class work? [back to top]
We have good relations with our business school colleagues, and some students choose to take elective courses there and work with some of their faculty.

 

How are the University/Department resources (i.e. library, computer hardware and software etc.)? [back to top]
IO students have a study complex composed of a work room of multiple PCs/printers/file cabinets, a library/conference area with table, chairs, white board and copier, and a bathroom, microwave/fridge/storage area.  PCs are outfitted with needed hardware/software.  GW provides excellent library support as well as computer labs and tech support.

 

How long does it typically take students to complete their degree?  [back to top]
Although it can and has been done in four, most students take five years to complete the degree.

 

What year do comprehensive exams occur?  How are these exams structured? [back to top]
Comps are given at the end of formal class work, typically at the end of a student's third year of doctoral study.  Part of the exam is given in a single day on campus, plus there is a take-home question that needs to be completed in the following week thereafter.  If there are questions about a student's responses, s/he may be called in for a later oral response session.

 

Are internships or practical experience encouraged and/or required? In what year does this occur?  Does the department have any ties to local businesses and/or professional organizations? [back to top]
Although it is not required, most students want internship experience during summers and after comprehensive exams.  We have many, many ties to local and national organizations - more than we have students to place - and internships are easy to come by. 

 

What types of organizations do students/graduates enter? [back to top]
Students generally join the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Society for I/O Psychology (SIOP). Students interested in the "I" side of IO psychology also join the Personnel Testing Council of Metro Washington (PTC-MW).

 

Where do graduates of the program work? [back to top]
Graduates of the program primarily go on to work in applied positions in consulting firms (e.g., Personnel Decision Research Institutes), government agencies (e.g., U.S. Office of Personnel Management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security), or the private sector organizations (e.g., Marriott International). Some graduates go on to hold academic positions (e.g., Hofstra, Adelphi University, Western Oregon University).