The School Psychology Program requires the following application materials:

1. A written/typed personal goal statement which addresses:

  • reasons for seeking entry into this program; 
  • chronological vita of your education, including degrees received; 
  • postbaccalaureate experiences in teaching, counseling & assessment if any; 
  • your professional aspirations; and 
  • your research interests.

2. Three recent letters of recommendation from professors or first-line supervisors, on their letterhead, which address:

  • your communication skills, both written and oral; 
  • your ability to interact productively with supervisors, peers and children; 
  • your ability to function without supervision; 
  • your teaching, counseling and/or assessment skills; and 
  • other relevant aspects of your academic or professional development.
  • your research competence and experience.

3. Graduate Record Examination:

The School Psychology PhD Program does not apply a definitive cutoff for the GRE score. However, PhD applicants typically apply with scores at or above the 75th percentile on both the Verbal and Quantitative Sections of the GRE.  This translates to a score of 157 or higher on the Verbal section and a score of 156 or higher on the Quantitative Section.  

Applicants whose GRE scores do not meet the above criteria are advised to provide a written justification for why their scores do not fully reflect their ability. Applications are reviewed holistically with the GRE score representing only one indicator on the evaluation rubric.  

4. Grade-point average for latest 90 graded quarter credits (or 60 semester credits)

Minimum required for admission is 3.5.
(Emphasis is placed on psychology and educational psychology grades.)

5. Writing Sample

6. An undergraduate degree in Psychology will be considered for direct admission to the Ph.D. program.  Previous research experience along with experience in applied settings is highly recommended.

7. For PhD applicants with Masters or Specialist Degree in School Psychology:  PhD applicants with a previous degree in school psychology are also invited to apply to the program. For consideration at this level, a Masters or Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology, completion of at least one year of coursework in the Educational Specialist Degree program at the University of Washington, or certification as a school psychologist are required.  Applicants not meeting these requirements must first complete the EdS degree course work as part of the PhD program  (including the precertification internship).

8. Preferential considerations is given to applicants who have had employment or volunteer experiences in the schools, Pre-K-12.

9. Preferential consideration is given to applicants who have had research training and experience.

10.  We host an "interview day" during the first or second week of February for finalists who remain competitive after the primary and secondary review of their application.  For those who are unable to attend this event, a web based or phone interview with one or more members of the core faculty in school psychology is required. Interviews are by invitation.

11. Applications for admission will be considered only for admission in Autumn Quarter. Applications must be received by the Graduate School by December 1 (or the Monday after if the 1st falls on a weekend); faculty reviews will commence in January and continue until all vacancies are filled.

The College of Education is committed to recognizing and fostering the values derived from a diverse student population. We are striving to promote increased diversity among practicing school psychologists. Toward this end we apply a variety of criteria when evaluating applicants including special talents, experiences, aptitudes, and abilities. We strongly encourage minority students to apply to this program.