Admission to the Ph.D. or Ed.S. program in school psychology is a two-stage process consisting of (1) preliminary screening by the Graduate School and (2) final review by the Department of School Psychology.

Applications for the on-campus Ed.S. and Ph.D. programs are due by December 15. Applications for the off-campus Ed.S. program vary by cohort.

  • Completed Graduate Application from the Graduate School (
  • Transcripts of all college/university work (a minimum GPA of 3.25 is recommended)
  • Three letters of recommendation (which address both the individual’s ability to successfully complete the respective graduate program and the probability of effective functioning in the field)
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Examination. GRE scores are required from ALL applicants to the doctoral (Ph.D.) program AND the Educational Specialist program (Ed.S.). The GRE must have been taken within the last five years. According to the UNC Graduate School, applicants are required to have a minimum score of 297 on the combined subtests of Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative, and a minimum of 3.5 on Analytic Writing.

When the Graduate School has ascertained that minimum University requirements have been met, the materials are then forwarded to the program area for consideration.

Supplementary application materials:

  • Written statement (300-500 words) indicating the applicant’s Personal and Professional Reasons for Selecting School Psychology as a Profession
  • Current Vita
  • Supplementary Data Sheet (included on this page)

Profile of Students Admitted

The Programs in School Psychology are competitive. Acceptance rates vary depending on student credentials and the number of available spaces. Usually between 40 and 60 students apply to the programs. Typically, 18 students (Ph.D. and Ed.S.) are admitted annually. Approximately 20% of all our students are ethnic minorities. The GPA of admitted students averages 3.55. Most successful applicants have GRE scores of at least 150 each in Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative, and a score of at least 4.0 on Analytic Writing.

Summary of Application Procedures

  1. Complete the UNC Graduate School online application:
  2. Send the following information to the UNC Graduate School:
    • $50 application fee; payable online, by phone, by mail, or in person in Carter Hall 2007.
    • GRE scores (quantitative, verbal reasoning, and analytic writing)—UNC’s institutional code number is R4074
    • Official transcripts from every accredited college or university attended since completing high school (except UNC).
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Send to:
    • University of Northern Colorado
      Graduate School, Campus Box 135
      Greeley, CO 80639
      (970) 351-2831

  1. Send the following Supplementary Materials to the School Psychology Admissions Secretary, Department of School Psychology
    • Statement of Personal and Professional Reasons for Selecting School Psychology as a Profession
    • Supplementary Data Sheet (PDF)
    • Current vita
    • Send to:
    • Department of School Psychology
      Attn: Diane Greenshields
      Campus Box 131
      University of Northern Colorado
      Greeley, CO 80639

For questions regarding the Graduate School application, contact

For questions regarding the Supplementary Materials, contact

For questions regarding the programs in School Psychology, contact Michelle Athanasiou for the on-campus programs, and Achilles Bardos for the off-campus program.