Department of Educational Psychology
The Department of Educational Psychology seeks a diverse student body that is academically well-prepared for graduate school, committed to the development of new knowledge and interested in improving professional practice. Since interest in the study and profession of psychology continues to grow, competition for admission is keen. In reviewing applications for admission, our faculty considers all sources of information: previous academic preparation, grade-point average, recommendations and evidence that an applicant’s background, interests and goals are compatible with those of the area of specialization to which they are applying.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
We strongly recommend that you begin the application process well in advance of the deadline to allow enough time for UT Graduate Admissions and the Department of Educational Psychology to process your information. During peak admissions periods there may be a delay of 2-3 weeks for Graduate Admissions to complete its review of materials.
Summer & Fall admissions – December 1
Applications for Ph.D. specializations are accepted for full-time status only (at least 9 graduate hours per semester).
Summer & Fall admission – January 10
Master’s students may enroll in the fall or summer semesters and part-time status is permitted (exception: the School Psychology Master’s program requires full-time enrollment).
Step 1: Admission Application
All graduate students are required to apply to the state application system, ApplyTexas. This system is used by all Texas state universities and colleges. Here, applicants will input biographical information, previous education, and essays.
After the ApplyTexas application is submitted, the Graduate School will review your application. Applicants will be sent an email confirming their application submission within 1-2 days after submission. This email will also contain the applicant’s login information (UT EID) for the MyStatus page. This link will be used to upload the remaining documents needed to apply.
Step 2: Application Fee
Step 3: Submit Documents / Complete Application
After receiving the email from the Graduate School with EID/MyStatus link and paying the application fee, applicants can complete their application by uploading the following items:
Official Transcripts for Each College Attended
A note about International Transcripts: if documents are written in a language other than English, complete and official English translations must be uploaded together with the original language records.
Three Letters of Recommendation
Letters should come from references familiar with the applicant’s academic performance and potential. When completing the “References” section of the ApplyTexas application, you will have been asked to list the names of your references and their email addresses. Be sure the e-mail is current and accurate. Recommenders will be notified automatically by email with instructions on how to upload their letters once you have submitted and paid for your application. You will be able to view whether letters have been received or change/add a recommender via the MyStatus page.
Statement of Purpose
Typically 2 to 3 pages, single-spaced. The statement should address past experiences, including research experience, why the applicant is now applying to a graduate program, and what their future goals are. The statement should also exemplify evidence of a good fit between the interests and experiences of the applicant and those of the program.
Applicants to doctoral programs should identify a faculty member within the program they are applying to whose research interests are similar to theirs and whom they’d be interested in working with should they be offered admission. The statement should also address the specific reasons why the faculty mentor’s program of research and expertise will allow the applicant to meet their goals.
Applicants to the Quantitative Methods program are not required to list a faculty member of interest.
Only Quantitative Methods applicants are required to submit official GRE scores.
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
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