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Admissions Requirements

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Program Faculty encourage applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds. The Faculty strive to ensure that the review process does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or disability. Applicants with disabilities must be able to complete the Program requirements and related professional functions. Admissions decisions for both the PhD and EdS Programs are based on the Graduate School criteria and Program factors outlined below.

Graduate School Criteria

USU’s School of Graduate Studies specifies the following basic admissions criteria: 

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Have a substantial background in psychology
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA (overall) for the last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on all sections of the GRE
  • Provide three letters of recommendation

Exceptions are sometimes made for applicants who do not meet one of the above criteria. All prospective students interested in applying to the PhD and EdS Programs are encouraged to do so, even if they do not meet one of the above requirements.

Program Factors

In addition to the Graduate School criteria, the Program Faculty also consider the following factors in admissions decisions:

  • Well-articulated research interests and career goals
  • Goodness-of-fit of research interests with faculty’s interests
  • Prior research experience (e.g., lab work, scholarly writing, presenting)
  • Prior applied or clinical experience (e.g., teaching, counseling, assessing)
  • Prior graduate training (in school psychology or related fields)
  • Effective communication and other interpersonal skills
  • Underrepresented and diverse cultural backgrounds

Prospective students are encouraged to adress these program factors directly in their (1) personal statement and (2) curriculum vitae (or resume) included within the application materials. 

Questions about admissions requirements can be addressed to the Director of School Psychology via email.