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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

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


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. 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.


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

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation and recommendation forms are required.  Using the Recommendations link within ApplyYourself, fill in the names of your three endorsers.  Complete the information requested and indicate whether the endorsers will submit the recommendation form and letter of recommendation online or via postal mail.  You will find the recommendation form in the Downloadable Forms section.

Letters that are not submitted online must be mailed to the School Psychology Program. These letters may be mailed directly from the endorser to the School Psychology program or sent to the applicant first in a sealed envelope with the endorser’s signature across the seal. In either case, be sure that your endorsers are aware of the application deadline.

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.


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 Applicant Statement #1 in ApplyYourself. 

Applicant Statement #2 is the Diversity Statement. 

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.    

These statements 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.

Materials: Where to submit: How to submit:


Electronically via ApplyYourself
Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statements 1 (Statement of Interest)  and Recommendations.

Optional fields: All other fields or application materials are optional, but will be taken into consideration if submitted.

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Application Fee

Electronically via ApplyYourself

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Electronically via ApplyYourself
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.

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Letters of Recommendation

Electronically via ApplyYourself
Use the Recommendation link in ApplyYourself or mail letters to the School Psychology Program.

GRE Scores

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Scores should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in ApplyYourself.

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English Language test scores

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Program Application

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


Critical Issue Essay
Electronically via ApplyYourself Upload the essay in the Program Supplementary Information section under Upload 2, in ApplyYourself.

Applicant Statement 1 Statement of Interest

Electronically via ApplyYourself
Directions are located in the Program Application. Upload as the Graduate School Applicant Statement #1 in ApplyYourself.

Resume/Curriculum Vita

Electronically via ApplyYourself
Upload it in the Program Supplementary Information, under CV/Resume section, in ApplyYourself.
Materials: Where to submit: How to submit:

Articles, term papers, theses or reports of experimental investigations

Electronically via ApplyYourself

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

Electronically via ApplyYourself

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.

We urge you to apply early and complete the GRE as soon as possible. Materials sent to the wrong department, incomplete applications or an online application with the incorrect intended major, will cause a delay in processing your application. Applications to School Psychology are due November 15th. Late applications may mean we will be unable to include your application in our review.

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.

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.  You could also visit

Questions about Admission Policies or the Application Process for the Department of Educational Psychology- School Psychology Track can be sent to: 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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