School Psychology Graduate Program
Applications and all supporting documents should be submitted via the GVSU Admissions office (https://www.gvsu.edu/admissions/graduate-application-24.htm). All materials must be received by January 15 to be considered for following fall semester. For example, to begin the program in August 2024, application materials must be submitted the January before (January 15, 2024). Applications for Fall 2024 entry should open in September 2023. We strongly recommend making sure your materials are all submitted several days prior to the deadline so the Admissions office has time to process them for review prior to the deadline.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have:
- Completed a bachelor's degree in psychology, special education, or a related field with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Students with a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field are eligible for admission; however they may have to enroll in prerequisite courses (beyond those listed as follows) prior to beginning the program. The number and topic of courses will vary depending on the individual's degree and background experiences.
- Submitted official transcript from the undergraduate degree granting institution
- Successfully completed undergraduate prerequisite courses (research methods, statistics, and child or lifespan development)
- Submitted official or unofficial transcripts from institutions where required prerequisite courses were completed (if different from the degree granting institution)
- Submitted a personal statement. The statement should discuss your background and experiences that led you to pursue school psychology (rather than other related fields), your specific interest in GVSU's program, and future career goals.
- Provided a professional curriculum vitae or resume. Be sure to include all paid or unpaid experiences that are relevant to the program.
- Submitted three letters of recommendation. Although the application system has recommenders provide quantitative ratings and a small box for comments, we prefer when recommenders can attach a more detailed letter that speaks to your experiences and qualifications for the program.
- Recommended but not required: Submitted GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and writing). These may be particularly helpful for applicants whose GPAs are lower.
Faculty review applications in January and invite a number of qualified candidates to interview for the program. Typically program interviews are conducted in February and applicants are notified of their admissions status in the weeks that follow.
Our interview days for this application cycle are February 2nd and 5th.