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Admissions: School Psychology Ph.D. & M.A./S.C.

Admissions requirements

Test scores

Number of students accepted

About one half of the students admitted each year are for the Ph.D. degree and the other half for the M.A./Specialist degree. Approximately 50% of Ph.D. applicants were admitted for fall 2015.

Additional student admissions, outcomes and other data

Get more information to help you make an informed decision about entering the program on the Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data page.


November 15, 2015: Application deadline

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.

December 2015 - January 2016: Review process

The admissions committee considers a variety of factors including your prior academic achievement, GRE scores, relevant employment and life experiences, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and compatibility of your clinical and research interests with those of the program and faculty. Candidate interviews are required.

January: Admissions decisions

The date on which you will hear back from the program will vary based on the volume of applications received. Applicants can typically expect to hear from School Psychology during January.

Applicants who are recommended for admission by the School Psychology program will receive a letter from School Psychology indicating our decision. The Graduate Admissions Office will make a final review of your documents and will inform you of the official final decision via the email address you provided on your ApplyYourself online application.

How to apply

Submit all application materials, including transcripts, directly to the ApplyYourself admissions system. For additional information on how to apply, visit the Graduate School Website.

Graduate School 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.

Access the online application.

Application fee

Visit the Graduate School Website for more information.

Program Application

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

More information on transcripts and credentials

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.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores

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

More information about the GRE

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

Report yourTOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores (non-native English speakers only).

Applicant Statement #1 - Personal statement

Program Supplementary Information Upload #2 - Critical Issue Essay

Please upload a typed response (not to exceed three double-spaced pages) to the following questions:

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

Resume/curriculum vitae(CV)

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

Optional application materials

Writing Sample - 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.

Applicant Statement #2 - Diversity Statement

Submitting the diversity statement is optional, however, you are encouraged to submit a statement (per the instruction provided in ApplyYourself) if you feel that submitting such an essay will add important information to your application.

Extenuating Circumstances

You may upload a brief statement explaining any extenuating circumstances that may have affected your grades or your test scores.

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 University of Minnesota is a public grant institution, it is imperative that CGC scholars can both benefits 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:



Applicants interested in respecializing in school psychology, either by completion of (a) the specialist certificate in order to qualify for a state or national school psychologist credential, or (b) a doctorate in school psychology following completion of a previous doctorate in a separate field of psychology, should apply through 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.

Graduate School diversity statement