Admission Requirements

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. The number of students accepted into our graduate program each year reflects the limits of our academic training resources. 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, Graduate Record Examination score, 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.

There are seven basic requirements to be met before one can be considered for admission:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  2. A satisfactory grade-point average (GPA), particularly during the last two years of college and in any graduate study previously undertaken. Although the minimum required GPA for the Graduate and International Admissions Center is 3.0, the Department will consider applications with lower GPAs.
  3. GRE (Graduate Records Examination) General Aptitude Test-The General Test is composed of verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections. While it is important to note that there is no minimum GRE score requirement in our Department, we believe that a score of 160 or higher on the verbal section and 150 or higher on the quantitative section will make an application more competitive. (A score of 4 or higher is recommended for the writing section.)
  4. Three letters of recommendation, especially from professors who are familiar with the applicant's academic performance and potential.
  5. Resume or Vita, with a recommended length of no more than 3 pages. The resume or vita should include: post-high school education; relevant work or volunteer experience (indicate amount of time); honors received; research experience; conference presentations; publications.
  6. Statement of Purpose Essay describing the applicant's interests and commitment to the goals and curriculum of the area of specialization to which admission is sought. (Average length 2 - 3 pages, single-spaced.) It is recommended that the Essay address not only the applicant’s personal and academic background but also his/her academic and professional goals.  If the applicant has a specific area of research interest or wishes to work with a specific member of the Educational Psychology faculty, the essay should address those topics as well.  Profiles of EDP faculty and their research interests can be found under the EDP Faculty Directory on this website.
  7. Adequate subject preparation for advanced study in educational psychology. An undergraduate major or master's-level specialization in psychology is not required, although 12 hours of course work in the social sciences or education, including courses in statistics and measurement, is a prerequisite to graduate study. If they are lacking adequate background, newly admitted students may be required to complete prerequisites during their first year in the program.

GPA/GRE Statistics for Admitted Students

Indicative of the credentials of successful applicants to our doctoral program, the average GRE score in recent years for admitted students has been approximately 159 Verbal and 156 Quantitative. Based on upper-division level undergraduate work and prior graduate work (if applicable), the grade-point average of doctoral applicants approved for admission has been approximately 3.7 (out of 4.0). The average GRE score for admitted master’s students has been approximately 153 Verbal and 151 Quantitative, with a grade-point average of approximately 3.5.