School Psychology Program Admission Requirements

**January 15 Application Deadline for Fall Admission**

Applications are only accepted one time per year for the Fall term.

Admission to the program requires:

1. The online Graduate Studies application with the non-refundable application fee.
2. Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate Studies office from the issuing institution(s). We cannot accept transcripts (even sealed, official transcripts) from individuals.
3. Three recommendations. In the online admissions application, you will be asked to provide names and e-mail addresses of three individuals from whom you have requested recommendations. These three people will then receive an e-mail instructing them to complete the online recommendation form. It's a good idea to talk with these individuals ahead of time so they will be expecting the e-mail when they receive it.
4. Professional resume
5. Personal statement
6. Supplemental questionnaire
7. Official General Test of the Graduate Record Examination score

8. Personal interview*

*All application materials should be submitted by January 15 of each academic year. Late applications will be considered as openings exist. Finalists for admission are also expected to participate in a personal interview with the school psychology admissions committee.

Admissions are normally limited to twelve students per year, with study beginning in the fall semester only. Multiple admissions criteria are used including:

  • Prior grade point average
  • GRE General Test scores
  • Three recommendations
  • Educational experience
  • Work experience
  • Personal qualifications

Admissions to the program are quite competitive (typically about one in four applicants is admitted). The admissions decisions are focused on the selection of applicants who we believe have the greatest potential to be successful school psychologists based on undergraduate GPA, test scores, demonstrated knowledge of the field, some experience with children, and strong recommendations..

Prerequisites to admission are 12 hours of prior undergraduate or graduate coursework in five areas:

(1) general psychology 
(2) human development (child development or child psychology may be acceptable alternatives)
(3) experimental psychology or research methods
(4) statistics.

While the bulk of these prerequisite areas must be completed prior to admission to the program, one or two may be taken after an applicant is admitted. 
Please read the Program Director's letter to applicants for additional details.