How to Apply

Below are instructions for how to submit your application for graduate admission to the Department of Educational Psychology. To view the degrees and programs available in Educational Psychology, please visit our Graduate Programs page.

Basic Requirements

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Application Deadlines

It is strongly recommended 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.

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Application Procedures

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

After receiving the email from the Graduate School with EID/MyStatus Link, applicants must pay the UT application fee (nonrefundable), or if you qualify, submit a fee waiver.

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: 


Transcripts are required for each college attended. There are two methods for submitting your transcript:

  1. If your college is on the Texas Electronic Transcript Network (SPEEDE), you can have your transcript(s) sent electronically. Check with the registrar of your institution to find out if transcripts can be sent via SPEEDE. UT does not accept transcripts sent by registrars or thirt-party entities in any other format, i.e. by mail or by links to secure websites.
  2. You may upload a PDF of your transcript(s) via the MyStatus page. Uploaded transcripts are considered unofficial, but can be used to process your application for admission. Each transcript can be uploaded only once, so make sure you have the correct and full version of the transcript(s) before uploading. Note: Do not mail official transcripts or paper copies of your transcripts unless you are offered admission, as this will significantly delay application processing. 

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. Each transcript should contain a complete record of studies at the institution from which it is issued, including grades earned for each subject, and a copy of your diploma or degree certificate must be included in your transcript upload (do not upload as a "miscellaneous" admission document). Please do not upload syllabi with transcripts. 

Official GRE Scores

Our department requires the GRE General Test including verbal, quantitative, and writing sections. Test scores more than five years old will not be accepted. 

GRE scores must be submitted directly through the testing center. On test day, you will be able to designate which universities you would like your scores to be sent to. If you need additional scores sent, you should do so through the ETS website. You should plan to take the GRE in time to have the results reported to UT Austin before the application deadline. 

Note: The University of Texas at Austin school code is 6882. It is not necessary to also list a Department Code when ordering your scores.

Letters of Recommendation

Our department requires 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 may need to follow up with your recommenders, as each will receive only one request from the Admissions system. You will be able to view whether letters have been received, or change/add a recommender, via the MyStatus page. 

Statement of Purpose

This essay describes the applicant's interests and commitment to the goals and curriculum of the program area they are applying to. It is recommended the statement address not only the applicant’s personal and academic background but also their academic and professional goals. Doctoral applicants should also address their area(s) of research interest as well as any faculty member(s) they wish to work with. This statement should be no longer than 2-3 pages single-spaced. The Statement of Purpose must be uploaded via MyStatus as a PDF file.

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

A resume or CV must be uploaded via MyStatus, and should include the following:

  • post-high school education
  • relevant work or volunteer experience (indicate amount of time)
  • honors received
  • research experience
  • conference presentations
  • publications

Official TOEFL Scores (International Applicants Only)

Students applying from countries outside the United States must submit their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores via MyStatus

Note: The University of Texas at Austin school code is 6882. It is not necessary to also list a Department Code for scores. 

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Application Status

You can view your application status, what application materials are missing, and upload any necessary documentation online via the MyStatus (UT EID required). Please use this system to monitor your application status in lieu of calling the admissions staff, if possible.

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After Your Decision

Applicants may be admitted, admitted with conditions, or denied admission. Learn more on the Graduate School website.