Note:Due to the various impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the special education program will NOT require the GRE in the application for admissions for the incoming Fall 2021 cohort.
Cohorts are approximately 6-12 students depending on faculty capacity. About one half of the students admitted each year are for the PhD degree and the other half for the MA/Specialist degree. Approximately 20-30% of PhD applicants are admitted each year.
Get more information to help you make an informed decision about entering the program on the Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data page
We love meeting future students! If you have a question that was not answered in the resources above, make an appointment with us.
MA + specialist track: Contact Elyse Farnsworth (email@example.com).
PhD track: Contact Amanda Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.
Interviews typically occur at the beginning of January. The date on which you will hear back from the program will vary based on the volume of applications received.
Applicants who are recommended for admission by the program will receive a letter from School Psychology indicating our decision. The Graduate Admissions Office will then make a final review of your documents and will inform you of the final decision via the email address you provided on your graduate application
"One of the great things about the University of Minnesota is that it tends to attract highly motivated students. I was passionate about becoming a school psychologist and was surrounded by people in my cohort as well as the cohorts above and below me that felt similarly."
Required fields: Program Selection, Term Selection, Biographical Information, Personal Background, Ed Psych – School Psych questions, Academic History (including transcripts), Test Scores (if applicable), Employment, Materials (including: Personal Statement, Resume/CV, Critical Issue Essay, and three letters of Recommendations
Optional fields: Diversity Statements are optional but highly encouraged. Extenuating Circumstances Statement will be taken into consideration if submitted. A Writing Sample and Description of Research are not needed.
Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the graduate application under the "Academic History" section. 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.
Report your TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores (non-native English speakers only).
Three letters of recommendation are required. 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. You will enter your recommenders name and email into the application. They will be sent directions on how to upload their letter directly into your application.
Your statement should include three numbered headings corresponding to the three numbered headings below. The statement should not to exceed 2 pages, single spaced, size 12 font. Please address all items below.
Upload the essay under "Personal Statement" in the Materials section.
Upload it under "Resume/CV" in the Materials section.
Upload a typed essay addressing each of the following questions (not to exceed 1 page, single spaced):
Upload the essay under "Graduate Program Additional Upload" in the Materials section.
This statement may be used to nominate exceptional applicants for graduate fellowships. (See the Graduate School's DOVE Fellowship page for more information). Submitting the diversity statement is optional, but highly encouraged, especially for applicants who have experienced hardships or obstacles to complete their previous undergraduate or graduate education (e.g., coming from diverse ethnic, racial, or educational backgrounds; coming from a low-income background; being a first-generation college student).
Tip: Tell your story. If you learned from obstacles you personally overcame, write about them. If you grew up with privilege, write about how you discovered your privilege. It might be tempting to write about someone else’s experience, an entire group’s experience, or diversity and inclusion in an abstract way. However, most often, admissions teams want to understand how you personally came to be empathetic, reflective, resilient, and aware of systematic inequalities. Describe how your background, experiences, and achievements will contribute to the program and the University’s goals of promoting excellence through diversity.
Upload the essay under “Diversity Statement” in the Materials section in the graduation application.
You may upload a brief statement explaining any extenuating circumstances that may have affected your grades, academic performance, or professional experience under "Extenuating Circumstances Statement" in the Materials section, including challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic or civil unrest. Although you are certainly not expected to disclose personal information, you may use this statement to provide additional information about circumstances relevant to evaluation of your application materials.
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 note that this essay is reviewed by a college committee not involved in the school psychology admission process. The CGC selection committee does not review program essays in their decision process. Instead, they review only the CGC essay. Therefore, you are encouraged to view your CGC essay as a standalone essay. You may choose to integrate material from your other essays into the CGC essay so that the reviewers better understand your goals and interests. It’s also likely important that you will provide a more competitive essay if you address how your racial identity is related to your experiences and goals, and how participating in the CGC, wherein a central goal is to support Black grad students and create a community of Black graduate students.
Please describe how your participation as a CGC scholar would do the following:
Upload the essay under "Graduate Program Additional Upload" in the Materials section.
Please do not submit any other materials besides those requested above. In particular, writing samples are not requested and will not be reviewed. Failure to follow directions will not be evaluated favorably when application materials are reviewed.
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.