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WSP establishes minimum requirements for admission to all training programs. Some training programs have admission requirements beyond these requirements. Check consult the specific program you're interested in for any additional admissions criteria for that program.
All applicants are required to
Hold an advanced degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from an accredited foreign institution in a mental health field.
Requirements on familiarity with and training (experience) in the field and in psychodynamic psychotherapy vary by program. Please consult your program of interest for more information.
Admission to each training program is by application and requires interview by faculty. Please consult your program of interest for more information.
Step 1: Review the Admissions Requirements
Read the WSP admissions requirements to learn more about missions criteria.
Step 2: Apply online
Complete and submit your online application.
Step 3: Submit your documents
The following supplemental documents must be submitted to ensure that the application is processed:
Step 4: Pay the $50 application fee (non-refundable)
The nonrefundable $50 application fee, which applies to all applicants (except residents of the Meyer Treatment Center), can be paid by:
Note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required supplemental documents are received by the WSP Administrative Office. Once submitted as part of your application, application materials become the property of WSP and will not be returned or released to other institutions. Please keep a copy for your records. Students who have applied but not enrolled by the established deadline must complete and submit a new application package for admission with a non-refundable $50 application fee.
We recommend that the admission application be completed at least 4-6 weeks in advance of the intended course date to maximize enrollment options and financial planning.
Applicants interested in applying for multiple training programs are encouraged to select the programs of interest on their application, submit the non-refundable $50 fee (per program), and tailor their supplemental documents for each program of interest.
July 1, 2023
*After this date, admissions will be considered on a space-available basis and is up to the faculty of each program.
Application Processing Time
The average application processing time varies from 4-8 weeks per application, depending on your program's application process. Individual programs may require additional documents for consideration. All applicants will be considered on an individual basis without regard to national and ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, marital status, disability or sexual orientation. Please consult your program of interest for more information.
Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are received by the Washington School of Psychiatry Administrative Office. Students who have applied but not enrolled by the established deadline must complete and submit a new application package for admission with a non-refundable $50 application fee.
Notification of Program Decision
The WSP Administrative Office will notify applicants by email when program decision has been made regarding applications. Acceptance into a program will be formally announced by letter and accompanied by an Enrollment Agreement stating policies concerning payments, attendance, evaluation, documentation, withdrawal, and refunds. Enrollment Agreements must be completed, signed, and returned by May 31st for current students and August 1st for new students.
The Washington School of Psychiatry
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Call us at 202-237-2700 or 202-537-6050
Celebrating its 85th year, the School is an accredited provider of post-graduate continuing education.
The Meyer Treatment Center provides low cost access to mental health services. It is an out-of-network facility for insurance purposes.
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