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Admission to Doctoral Program at KU

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Once you’ve decided to Apply, please note that KU does not accept paper applications for admission. The online application is designed to give you the ability to submit all supporting documents in one form. Not sure of how to proceed? We’ve created a Graduate Application Checklist, just for you!

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor's or master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or a related area.
“Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in education or psychology should have a minimum of 15 undergraduate credit hours in the behavioral sciences, such as Psychology, Human Development, Sociology, Education, etc.”
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0; and (if applicable) minimum graduate GPA of 3.5
  • Official GRE general exam scores (taken within the last five years) at the 50th percentile or higher
Proof of English proficiency
“Requirement verified via: 1) Graduation with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) earned in residence from an accredited English-medium U.S. college or university or a college or university in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, English-speaking province of Canada, or an English-speaking Caribbean country, with instruction conducted in English; or 2) Official scores from the TOEFL (25 on all part scores), IELTS-Academic (6.0 total score with no part score below 5.5), or PTE (55 overall score with no part score below 50). Scores must be less than two years old from the semester of admission.
Description of career goals

“Describe how you see your career goals relating to this degree program (how you see this program preparing you to meet your career objectives); Describe past work or educational experiences related to this degree program; Describe what skills/competencies and experiences you hope to gain in this program; Describe any past research experiences and accomplishments; Describe one research topic/issue that you would like to pursue in this program; Please provide additional information concerning your background, experience, goals, or accomplishments/awards you believe are pertinent to your application.”

Approximately 15% of the students who were admitted to the doctoral program and pursued the Ph.D. in School Psychology at KU were originally admitted to the Ed.S. program. Most students entered the Ph.D. program specifically for doctoral study. Some of these students have come from Avila University, Brigham Young University, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Hastings College, University of Iowa, Luther College, Minnesota State University, University of Adelaide, University of Cincinnati, University of Puget Sound, University of Utah, and Wichita State University.  The average age of the Ph.D. students is 28 (23-41 range) and 85% are female.

Application Deadline for Ph.D. in School Psychology

Domestic & International Applicants:
Apply before December 15th to begin in the following summer or fall semester
(Admission decision notifications are shared no later than February 1)

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