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School Psychology Admissions

The School Psychology Program is strongly committed to the recruitment of individuals from diverse backgrounds. Applications from individuals who are members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented based on race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability are welcomed and will be given special consideration by the faculty.

The application deadline is December 1st for fall admissions. There are no spring admissions, and only full-time students are considered for admission. Admission and application information is available online or you may obtain information regarding graduate admission by contacting Graduate Admissions (303 Bowne Hall, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13255-2340; email: grad@syr.edu; phone: 315.443.4492; fax: 315.443.3423).

A complete application includes official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work, scores on the Graduate Record Examination (the Psychology subject test is not required), a personal statement of interests, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional work. All applicants should include in their statement of interest a clear and concise description of their research interests and the faculty member(s) with whom they would like to work as their research mentor(s). Upon receipt of this information the Graduate School forwards copies of the completed application to the Department of Psychology for consideration. Top applicants are invited for campus interviews in late February or early March. All applicants are notified of their acceptance or rejection by April 15th.

Admission Standards

The program receives approximately 40 to 50 applications a year for an incoming class of 4 students. The admissions committee bases its decisions on the overall strength of the application; this includes consideration of the applicant’s grades, GRE scores, personal statement, professional experiences, match with faculty research interests, letters of recommendation, and evidence of hard work and motivation. Students admitted to the program typically have a grade point average exceeding 3.0 and combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores exceeding the 45th percentile. The number of applications, admissions, and acceptances of offers of admission across the last 7 years is presented here.