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

Psychological Foundations/QME
250 Education Sciences Bldg
56 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN
55455-0364 USA

Tel: 612-624-0042
Fax: 612-624-8241


To the educational psychology—quantitative methods in education track

Applications to the quantitative methods in education track are reviewed on an individual basis. In reviewing applications the following criteria are considered:

Applications are submitted through the ApplyYourself admissions system.  You will be required to upload the Program Application form, all statements and additional materials into the online application.


The quantitative methods in education track admits for fall and spring semesters, as well as summer session. All application materials must be received by the following dates:

Fall: December 1 (for fellowship and departmental financial aid consideration) or March 1

Spring: October 15

Summer: March 1

Please note: There are two deadlines for fall semester applications. Application materials are for both admission and financial support including, but not limited to, fellowships and assistantships. Students who wish to be considered for fellowships and departmental financial assistance must submit all application materials to the program and the Graduate School by the December 1st deadline.

Spring, summer and fall (March) applicants will be disadvantaged in fellowship and TA/RA opportunities.

Applicant Statements

The applicant statements you submit in ApplyYourself 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 in ApplyYourself.

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 Diversity Statement (optional)

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

Applicant Statement #3: Extenuating Circumstances Statement (optional)

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

Materials: Where to submit: How to submit:

Graduate School Application

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

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

Click here to access the online application.

Application Fee

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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.

Letters of Recommendation

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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 ApplyYourself.

For providers who prefer to submit their letter of recommendation on paper, download and print a copy of the recommendation form from the ‘Downloadable Forms’ link in ApplyYourself. Send the form to the recommender and ask that they complete the form.  These letters may be mailed directly from the endorser to the program or sent to the applicant first in a sealed envelope with the endorser’s signature across the seal. (Please be aware that this may delay your application.)

GRE Scores

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The GRE (General) is required for all applicants and must have been taken within five years of date of application.  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). 

Click here for more information about the GRE or to see if the Graduate School has received your official scores.

English Language test scores

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Students whose native language is not English are required to submit English Language proficiency scores.

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Program Application

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Click here for the Program Application.

Complete the program application form and upload it in the Program Supplementary Information section of the ApplyYourself online application under 'Graduate Program Additional Application'.
Applicant Statement #1 – Personal Statement Electronically via ApplyYourself Upload a statement (not to exceed three double-spaced pages) to your application addressing the points listed above.
Electronically via ApplyYourself Upload in the Program Supplementary Information section of the ApplyYourself online application under ‘CV/Resume’.

Materials: Where to submit: How to submit:
Articles, term papers, theses or reports of experimental investigations Electronically via ApplyYourself Upload publications and articles in the Program Supplementary Information section of the ApplyYourself online application under ‘Writing Samples’.
Applicant Statement #2 – Diversity Statement Electronically via ApplyYourself See above.
Applicant Statement #3 – Extenuating Circumstances Statement Electronically via ApplyYourself See above.
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.

Graduate School diversity statement

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The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
Revised November 27, 2013