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Educational Psychology
250 Education Sciences Bldg
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Voice: 612-624-6083

School Psychology
250 Education Sciences Bldg
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN
55455-0364 USA

Tel: 612-626-0367
Fax: 612-624-8241
spsy-adm@umn.edu

Admission Policies and Application Process for the Department of Educational Psychology – School Psychology Track

Admission policies

The candidate for the school psychology track within educational psychology is expected to exhibit adequate undergraduate preparation in the following areas:

We are able to accept only a small percentage of the applicants each year. About two-thirds of the students admitted each year are for the Ph.D. degree and the other third for the M.A./Specialist degree. Approximately 33% of Ph.D. applicants were admitted for fall 2013 with an average undergraduate grade point average of 3.69, and average GRE scores of 160 Verbal and 156 Quantitative. Approximately 28% of the applicants for the specialist degree were admitted for fall 2013 with an average undergraduate grade point average of 3.66 and average GRE scores of 161 Verbal and 158 Quantitative.  In selecting students the following criteria are considered:

 

Applicants interested in respecializing in school psychology, either by (a) completion of the specialist certificate in order to qualify for a state or national school psychologist credential, or (b) completion of a doctorate in school psychology following completion of a previous doctorate in a separate field of psychology should apply though the standard program admissions process. In general, individuals will be required to complete all school psychology courses, as well as any required educational psychology coursework not satisfied by their previous coursework. In all cases, practica and internship will be required. Individuals seeking the specialist certificate may be required to complete a research project if their previous degree did not require research or previous theses/dissertations were not applicable to school psychology. Individuals seeking the doctorate may be required to complete both a pre-dissertation research project and dissertation if their previous research was not applicable to school psychology. Interested individuals may contact the Program Coordinator with questions regarding the applicability of previous degrees or coursework.

 

Application Process

Deadlines

All application materials must be received November 15 for admission in September of the following year. Files not complete by November 15 will not be reviewed. We urge you to apply early and complete the GRE as soon as possible. Year-long course sequences make mid-year entrance into the program impossible. Therefore, all applications for admission are reviewed during December and January for entrance the following September.

Materials

All application materials should be submitted directly to the ApplyYourself admissions system unless otherwise noted. We cannot review your application until all of the required materials listed below are submitted successfully.

 

REQUIRED
Materials:   How to submit:  




Application
 

Online Application

Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Test Information-Self Reported, Languages, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Legal agent/privacy statement, Applicant Statement 1 (Statement of Interest), Resume/CV, Graduate Program Supplemental Application, Upload 2 (Critical Issue Essay), Transcripts and Recommendations.

Optional fields: Awards & Activities, Applicant Statement #2 (Diversity), Extenuating Circumstances Statement, Writing Sample & Description of Research or Work Experience are optional, but will be taken into consideration if submitted.

 


GRE Scores
 


Scores should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in ApplyYourself.  Please have official scores sent to Institution Code 6874.

Click here for more information about the GRE

 



English Language test scores
(TOEFL, IELTS,
etc.)
 

 

Scores should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in ApplyYourself.  Please have official scores sent to Institution Code 6874.

 Click here for more information about TOEFL Scores.

 


Statement of Interest
   

Please upload a typed statement (not to exceed two double-spaced pages) explaining why you are interested in the profession of school psychology and what has influenced your decision to apply to the University of Minnesota. Additionally, we want to know why the U of M educational psychology—school psychology track is a particularly good match for you.  

Upload as the Graduate School Applicant Statement #1 in ApplyYourself.

 


Program Application
 

 

Complete the program application and upload it in the Program Supplementary Information section, under Graduate Program Additional Application, in ApplyYourself.

 

Resume/Curriculum Vita
 

Upload it in the Program Supplementary Information, under CV/Resume section, in ApplyYourself.

 


Critical Issue Essay
   

Upload the essay in the Program Supplementary Information section under Upload 2, in ApplyYourself.  Please see below for more information on this essay.


 

 

3 Letters of Recommendation
 

 

Acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work. Other recommenders, such as employers, are also acceptable. Paper copies will be accepted if your recommender cannot access the online system but are otherwise discouraged.

 

Transcripts
   

Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review.

If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.

Click here for more information about transcripts and credentials.
 

 

Application Fee
   

Click here for more information about fees.
 

 
OPTIONAL
Materials:   How to submit:

Diversity Statement
(Statement #2)
 


Upload your Diversity Statement into the Statement #2 portion on the Applicant Statements section of the ApplyYourself online application.  This statement is optional but will be reviewed if submitted.


Extenuating Circumstances
Statement
 


Upload your Extenuating Circumstances Statement into the Extenuating Circumstances portion on the Applicant Statements section of the ApplyYourself online application.  This statement is optional but will be reviewed if submitted.

Articles, term papers, theses or reports of experimental investigations  

Upload your publications and articles into the Writing Sample portion on the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the ApplyYourself online application.

Program Supplementary Information - Upload #1  

If you wish to be considered for a Common Ground Consortium fellowship for African-American students, please be sure to indicate this on your program application, and then upload a statement briefly addressing the following question: Given that the U of MN is a public land grant institution, it is imperative that CGC scholars can both benefit personally from their membership in the program as well as further the university's founding mission to contribute to scholarship that benefits the local and greater communities. Please describe how your participation as a CGC scholar would do the following: (a) enhance your graduate student experience, (b) prepare you for your chosen career, and (c) benefit the public.


Statements

Critical Issue Essay

Please upload a typed response (not to exceed three double-spaced pages) to the following question: Identify a critical problem facing contemporary schools in America or another country. What do you think are the social, political, and/or economic factors that are contributing to this problem? What specific solutions might you propose to tackle the problem?  

Upload it the Program Supplementary Information section, under Upload 2 section in ApplyYourself.   

Your Statement of Interest and Critical Issue Essay are an integral part of your application and will be weighted heavily in its evaluation.

Submitting the Extenuating Circumstances and Diversity statements in Apply Yourself is optional, however, you are encouraged to complete either or both statements (per the instructions provided in Apply Yourself) if you feel that submitting such essays will add important information to your application.

Additional Graduate School/ApplyYourself application information

The Office of Graduate Admissions has a frequently asked questions page for additional information about the application process, transcript requirements, financial aid, etc. Questions about the online application should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions at 612-625-3014 or gsquest@umn.edu.

The University Counseling and Consulting Service Testing Center provides test administration, scoring, and score reporting services to the University and surrounding community. The Computer-Based Testing Center administers the GRE General and Writing Tests, the GMAT, PPST, and TOEFL. http://www.uccs.umn.edu/.  You could also visit www.gre.org.

Questions about Admission Policies or the Application Process for the Department of Educational Psychology- School Psychology Track can be sent to: spsy-adm@umn.edu or 612-626-0367. 

Graduate School diversity statement

The Office of Graduate Admissions and Educational Psychology Department embrace the University of Minnesota’s position that promoting and supporting diversity among the student body is central to the academic mission of the University. A diverse student body enriches graduate education by providing a multiplicity of views and perspectives that enhance research, teaching, and the development of new knowledge. A diverse mix of students promotes respect for, and opportunities to learn from, others with the broad range of backgrounds and experiences that constitute modern society. Higher education trains the next generation of leaders of academia and society in general, and such opportunities for leadership should be accessible to all members of society. The Office of Graduate Admissions and its constituent graduate programs are therefore committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities through recruitment, admission, and support programs that promote diversity, foster successful academic experiences, and cultivate the leaders of the next generation.

 



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