Educational Psychology - CSPP track admissions information and application materials
The Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology program will not be accepting applications for the doctoral program for the 2015-2016 academic year.
MA Applicants: January 15, 2015 (to be considered for Fall 2015)
Applications to the CSPP MA program at the University of Minnesota must be submitted online using the Graduate School Web application, Apply Yourself. When beginning your application using ApplyYourself, indicate “Ed Psych-Counseling and Personnel-MA” as your proposed major and degree objective.
Please follow the instructions provided within ApplyYourself and note the CSPP-specific requirements as described below. Please read all instructions to ensure that your application materials are complete and submitted online. Materials not received before the deadline including letters of recommendation, will prevent your file from being considered by the admissions committee.
If you are already a University of Minnesota Graduate School student in another department or track, you must fill out a Change of Status/Readmission Application [.pdf] in place of the Graduate School application. In addition, please complete the CSPP Change of Status Application.
Please note that the CSPP program does not admit part-time students.
MA Application instructions
- Complete and submit the Graduate School application (Apply Yourself) online by following instructions provided below and on the Graduate School Web site.
- Write Personal Statement using CSPP-specific essay instructions provided below, upload statement to Apply Yourself.
- Complete Graduate Program Additional Application (link provided below), upload to Apply Yourself.
- In addition to sending your official GRE score to the Graduate School using institution code 6874, be sure to self report your GRE scores on the ApplyYourself application.
- If applicable, report your TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores in your ApplyYourself application (for more information about these tests, see the Graduate School Web site.
- Submit three letters of recommendation. We strongly suggest using the electronic letter of recommendation rather than mailing in paper letters of recommendation.
Transcripts or academic records must be uploaded directly to the ApplyYourself online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not submit paper or fax copies of this material because it will cause delays in your application processing. Click here for more detailed instructions.
If you have been previously enrolled at the University of Minnesota (any campus), you can get electronic copies of your transcripts from OneStop student services.
All transcripts and academic records uploaded to the online application are considered unofficial. Only if you are recommended for admission will you need to provide an official transcript sent to the Graduate School Admissions Office directly from the institution via mail. Your offer of admission will be contingent upon the receipt and verification of these official documents which must show the award of degrees. Please do not send these official records until we request them from you. An official, certified (signature and seal) English translation should be attached if the transcript is not in English.
CSPP will not be responsible for forwarding copies of your transcript(s) to the Graduate School.
The University of Minnesota reserves the right to require the submission of official transcripts or credentials any time during the admission review process.
Please do not mail or fax in a copy of a transcript or academic record which you have uploaded to your online application. Instead, use only the upload feature of the ApplyYourself online application at this point. This saves you the time, effort, and expense of mailing transcripts to us during the initial processing and review of your application. It also avoids any delays resulting from the non-receipt of transcripts and assures you that your documents have been successfully submitted, since you can view them yourself online.
The following instructions apply to the Statements section of the Apply Yourself application.
When creating a Personal Statement, applicants to CSPP must create an essay addressing the following CSPP-specific items rather than using the instructions provided on the Apply Yourself Web site.
This statement should outline your interests and professional goals. This statement is an integral part of your application. Please include the following: How did you become interested in this profession? Discuss your motives for pursuing this profession. What do you consider to be your strengths (specific skills, talents, aptitudes)? What do you consider to be your weaknesses? What aspects of or specific issues in counseling interest you most? What kinds of work do you see yourself doing five years after you complete your degree? Please describe briefly any participation in research, counseling activities, or employment which might be relevant to your application. What specific factors have led you to apply to Minnesota for this specialization? Discuss your expectations of this graduate program.
The statement is a very important source of information about who you are and what your goals and motivations are. It is also an example of your communication skills and organizational abilities. Take care to answer the questions posed above, but write the statement like an essay.
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 program supplementary information
These instructions pertain to the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the Apply Yourself application.
Graduate Program Additional Application: All applicants must complete the Graduate Program Additional Application [.doc] and upload this form to the Apply Yourself site. Please keep the completed form to a single page.
Writing Sample: Uploading a writing sample in this section is optional.
Description of Research or Work Experience: Uploading a description in this section is optional.
Resume’ or CV: Uploading a detailed resume’ or curriculum vitae (CV) is strongly encouraged. Please include past professional, academic, and volunteer experiences as they relate to your work in the fields of psychology, counseling, education, and research.
Other Information: It is not necessary to include any additional information in this section.
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.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) is required of all applicants for admission and must have been taken within five years of the application date. An official score report must be sent to the University of Minnesota Graduate School, institution code 6874.
To make arrangements to take the GRE, contact your nearest college or university counseling/testing center or contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Graduate Record Examination, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton NJ 08541-6000 or 1-866-473-4373.
The University Counseling and Consulting Services provides test administration, scoring, and score reporting services to the University and surrounding community.
The TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS English language test is required for some international applicants. For more information about the TOEFL, MELAB, and IELTS tests, please see the Graduate School Web site.
Letters of recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required. Using the Recommendations link within Apply Yourself, fill in the names of three endorsers of your choice. Complete the information requested and indicate that the endorsers will submit the recommendation form and letter online.
Additional CSPP application information
CSPP has a frequently asked questions page for additional information about the application process, the program, financial aid, etc. Questions about the CSPP application process can also be directed to the CSPP administrative assistant at 612-624-0590 or to the CSPP program office at 612-624-6827.
Applications lacking required materials may not receive full consideration in the admissions process. Incomplete files and late applications may be reviewed, but complete evaluation is guaranteed only for materials received by the specified deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check their application status via ApplyYourself.
Expectations regarding student self-disclosure while enrolled in CSPP
The practice of counseling requires significant self-disclosure and personal introspection for the person receiving counseling. Counseling students must become very familiar and comfortable working with the process of individual self-disclosure and introspection. Therefore, it is an essential training component of the CSPP program to provide assignments and classroom experiences that call for students (i.e., counselors-in-training) to self-disclose and personally introspect about personal life experiences to an extent not expected in their academic disciplines. As such, the CSPP faculty is committed to and expects an atmosphere of respect and confidentiality among our students.
These expectations are in accordance with the American Psychological Association (APA) whose comments regarding the ethics of requiring self-disclosure in an academic program are as follows: Psychologists do not require students or supervisees to disclose personal information in course- or program-related activities, either orally or in writing, regarding sexual history, history of abuse and neglect, psychological treatment, and relationships with parents, peers, and spouses or significant others except if (1) the program or training facility has clearly identified this requirement in its admissions and program materials or (2) the information is necessary to evaluate or obtain assistance for students whose personal problems could reasonably be judged to be preventing them from performing their training- or professionally-related activities in a competent manner or posing a threat to the students or others. (APA, 2002, 7.04).
Because (1) and (2) above apply to our program, we require self-disclosure in our academic program. In summary, we require that our students be willing to engage in self-examination (i.e., to disclose personal information in an academic context), and to learn to interact in an ethical and facilitative manner with individuals who are both culturally similar as well as different from themselves, in terms of both demographics and values.
This statement has been adapted from the following other universities and/or Counseling Psychology Program statements: Auburn University, Miami University, University of Missouri-Columbia, and the University of North Dakota.
Additional Graduate School/Apply Yourself application information
The Graduate School has a frequently asked questions page for additional information about the application process, transcript requirements, financial aid, etc. Questions regarding the Graduate School application should be directed to the Graduate School Office of Admissions at 612-625-3014.
Graduate School diversity
The Graduate School 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 Graduate School 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.