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Admissions: Special education MA and PhD

Timeline

December 1: fall MA and PhD applications

Note: We do not typically admit students for spring semester.

December–January: 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. Although interviews are not required, you may be called by the program for more information.

December–January: admissions decisions

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.

Student profile

“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.”

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Andrea BohPhD student | bohxx001@umn.edu

How to apply

Start your graduate application

Upload and submit all application materials, including transcripts, directly to the graduate application. For additional information on how to apply, visit the Graduate School website.

Graduate school application

Choose “Ed-Psych Special Education-M.A.” or “Ed-Psych-Special Education Ph.D.” as your proposed major and degree objective.

Required fields: Program Selection, Term Selection, Biographical Information, Personal Background, Academic History (including transcripts), Test Scores, Employment, Materials (including: Personal Statement, Resume/CV, Graduate Program Supplemental Application), and Three Letters of Recommendation.

Optional fields: Diversity Statements are optional but highly encouraged. All other fields or application materials are optional, but will be taken into consideration if submitted. A Writing Sample and Description of Research are not needed.

Application fee

Visit the Graduate School website for more information

Transcripts

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 these materials.

More information about transcripts and credentials

Test scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores

GRE General Test scores should be entered in the "Test Scores" section in the graduate application. You do not need to take any GRE subject tests. Please have official scores sent to Institution Code 6874. We do not have minimum required GRE scores.

Get more information about the GRE.

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

Report your TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores (non-native English Speakers only) in the "Test Scores" section.

More information on English Language test scores

Letters of recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. Acceptable recommendations should 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 direction on how to upload their letter directly into your application.

More information and troubleshooting tips

Materials

Upload the following items into the corresponding fields of the Materials section.

Required Materials

Personal Statement

Upload a personal statement (not to exceed three double-spaced pages) to your application, outlining your interests and professional goals. This statement is an integral pat of your application and will be weighted heaviliy in its evaluation. You shoudl 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 interst 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 employent which might be relevant to your application.

Upload the essay under "Personal Statement" in the Materials section in the graduate application.

Resume/CV

Upload your resume/CV under the "Resume/CV" in the Materials section of the graduate application.

Program application

Complete the program application form [WORD] and upload it under "Graduate Program Additional Upload" in the Materials section

Optional Materials

Diversity Statement

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). This statement may be used to nominate exceptional applicants for graduate fellowships.

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.

Extenuating Circumstances

You may upload a brief statement explaining any extenuating circumstances that may have affected your grades or your test scores under "Extenuating Circumstances Statement" in the Materials section.

Common Ground Consortium Statement

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:

  • Enhance your graduate student experience
  • Prepare you for your chosen career
  • Benefit the public

Upload the essay under "Graduate Program Additional Upload" in the Materials section.

Writing Sample and Description of Research

Writing Sample and Description of Research are not needed.

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships and awards

Special education scholarships, fellowships, and awards

PhD only: 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.

National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention (NCLII-2)

As the original NCLII finishes training 28 scholars around the country, a new consortium of seven universities, the National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention (NCLII-2), is now funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to prepare a new group of special education leaders to become experts in research on intensive intervention for students with disabilities who have co-occurring, persistent and severe academic (e.g., reading and math) and behavioral difficulties. The project is currently recruiting applicants to begin doctoral study in special education in the fall of 2020. Funding covers tuition, a stipend, travel for professional conferences and meetings, as well as research related materials across the four year program.

College of Education and Human Development awards

Financial aid

Visit OneStop Student Services for more information on available financial aid.