Note: We do not typically admit students for spring semester.
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. Although interviews are not required, you may be called by the program for more information.
All applications are reviewed during December and January for entrance the following Fall Semester. For updates on the status of your application, visit the graduate application or send an email to the program.
The Office of Graduate Admission completes a final review of your materials. You will receive your official admission decision via the email address provided on the graduate application.
“After meeting Dr. LeAnne Johnson, I knew this special education program was where I needed to be. Her beliefs, philosophy, research interests, and overall style aligned so well with mine. All of the faculty in this program continue to challenge and support me in becoming a more thoughtful and analytical service provider, teacher, and researcher.”
Choose “Ed-Psych Special Education-M.A.” or “Ed-Psych-Special Education Ph.D.” as your proposed major and degree objective.
Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards and Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Personal Statement, Program Supplementary Information and Recommendations.
Optional fields: All other fields or application materials are optional, but will be taken into consideration if submitted.
Complete the program application form and upload it in the Program Supplementary Information section of the graduate application application under 'Graduate Program Additional Application.
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.
Three letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations should be from professors or others who are able to comment on your educational and professional goals and potential.
You must input the names and contact information for each recommendation provider in the graduate application.
The GRE (General Test) is required for all applicants and must have been taken within five years of date of application. You do not need to take any GRE subject tests. Due to the length of processing time all applicants should take the GRE test no later than the October testing date to meet the December application deadline. Be sure to request that ETS send your scores to the University of Minnesota Graduate School (using institution code 6874).
Students whose native language is not English are required to submit English Language proficiency scores.
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:
Upload in the Program Supplementary Information section of the graduate application under “Resume/CV.”
Upload publications and articles in the graduate application under “Writing Samples.”
Submitting the diversity statement is optional, however, you are encouraged to submit a statement (per the instructions provided in the graduate application) if you feel that submitting such an essay will add important information to your application.
You may upload a brief statement explaining any extenuating circumstances that may have affected your grades or your test scores.
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:
Submit your application materials by Dec. 1, and you’ll automatically be considered for Graduate School fellowships and departmental awards based on scholastic achievement. Notification of awards will be sent in March.