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

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

Tel: 612-626-0367
Fax: 612-624-8241

Admissions: Special Education Ph.D. & M.A.


Application Process


All application materials must be received December 1st for admission in Fall semester of the following year.  We urge you to apply early and complete the GRE as soon as possible. All applications for admission are reviewed during December and January for entrance the following Fall semester, we do not typically admit for Spring semester start.


Funding for PhD Students



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


Materials: How to submit:

Online Application
Choose “Ed Psych-Special Education-MA” or “Ed Psych-Special Education-PhD” as your proposed major and degree objective

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, 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, if applicable (TOEFL or IELTS)

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

Upload as the Graduate School Applicant Statement #1 in ApplyYourself.  Please see below for more information on this essay.


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


3 Letters of Recommendation

Preferably from individuals in the education field. 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.



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

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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 Supplmentary 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.

Applicant Statements

The statements are a very important source of information about who you are and what your goals and motivations are. It also is an example of your communication skills and organizational abilities. Take care to answer the questions posed in the application, but write the statement like an essay. Upload all statements into the appropriate sections of the application.

Applicant Statement #1: Personal Statement (required)

Upload a statement (not to exceed three double-spaced pages) to your application, outlining your interests and professional goals. This statement is an integral part of your application and will be weighted heavily in its evaluation. You should include, minimally, the following points: How did you become interested in educational psychology? What specific factors have led you to apply to Minnesota for this specialization? From whom have you received encouragement to continue work in educational psychology? What do you consider to be your outstanding strengths and weaknesses? Please mention specific skills, special talents or aptitudes. What aspects of or specific problems in your area of specialization interest you most at this point? What kinds of educational psychology work do you see yourself doing seven or eight years after you get your degree? Please describe briefly any participation in research, applied educational psychology, or employment which might be relevant to your application.

Applicant Statement #2 & #3: Diversity Statement and Extenuating Circumstances Statement (optional)

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.  Graduate School diversity statement

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
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- Special Education Track can be sent to: , or 612-626-0367.


Readmission policy for Ph.D. and M.A. special education programs

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