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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

Special Education PhD

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Doctoral Admission Procedures

Please note: The Admission Process was updated effective October 3, 2013. In particular, the GEA Portal has replaced some of the other steps that were previously required. If you previously applied, your application will be transferred for you. If you have any concerns, please contact the corresponding Program Admissions Representative. Otherwise, please follow the steps as outlined below.


The first step to applying to Michigan State University and the Special Education doctoral program is to complete the University Application (with payment, see step 1 below). After completion of the University Application, you will receive an email inviting you to complete application materials in the GEA portal. (see step 2 below).


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