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School Psychology Admissions Criteria


The announced deadline for filing an online application to the School Psychology Program for Fall admission is Dec. 1.  Applicants will only be reviewed if they are completed by Dec. 15. Applications are considered to be complete when we have received all of the following: Personal Statement, School Psychology Supplemental Application, GRE scores sent directly to the University by ETS, transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work, and three letters of reference. Additional materials such as a resume, a writing sample, or other relevant material will strengthen your application. All materials must be submitted through the Graduate School's application system.

Requirements for admission are competitive, and based on the following information: (a) undergraduate GPA, (b) previous graduate GPA if applicable, (c) Graduate Record Exam (Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing), (d) applicant's goals and objectives in relation to those of the program, (e) undergraduate and/or graduate major - or demonstration of competence in the content areas listed below as prerequisites, and (f) letters of reference. 

Prerequisite Knowledge Base: Successful applicants must have an adequate knowledge base in the following content areas (typically mastered through undergraduate coursework): general psychology, developmental psychology or child development, human learning, biological bases of behavior, abnormal psychology, and personality theory or equivalent content. Although a separate course in each area is not absolutely required, the Admissions Committee must be satisfied that the applicant's background knowledge is sufficient in these areas. 

Although the program does not have strict cut-off scores, applicants with lower than 3.2 undergraduate GPA or with a combined (V+Q) GRE score of less than 1000 will typically not be considered for admission. Applicants are selected on a competitive basis from those meeting minimum requirements. The program typically accepts around 20% of new applicants, depending on the size and characteristics of the applicant pool, and on available resources. These parameters vary somewhat from year to year. Undergraduate GPA's of accepted students typically range from about 3.6 to 4.0 with the last two years averaging 3.80. Average GRE scores were 162 for Verbal (range from 158-167) and 159 for Quantitative (ranging from 156 to 164). Psychology is the predominant undergraduate major of accepted applicants

Admissions to Full-Time Study

At the present time, the school psychology program accepts students only on a full-time basis. This typically means that students will enroll for 9-l2 credits per semester depending on whether they have an assistantship or are otherwise employed part-time. Full-time employment, or part-time employment that does not allow the student to be available for an ample amount of time during the typical business day, are incompatible with full-time commitment to the program.

Admissions Deadlines

Deadlines (Fall only admission):
Final - December 1

PLEASE NOTE: Applications from international students may take as long as 3 - 6 months additional time to
process. Accordingly, international applicants should plan to apply at a much earlier date.

Admission Requirements:

Completed Application Form and Fee
Transcripts of Undergraduate or Previous Graduate Work
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Three Letters of Recommendation
Statement of Goals