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Our Admissions Deadline is January 15, 2024

Our ONLINE Interview Day is Friday, February 23, 2024

We’re glad to see you are interested in the MSU School Psychology EdS Program! Reach out to a current student or contact a faculty member with questions about the program or the admissions process. Learn about our student group and our faculty, or take a tour of the MSU campus.

Hybrid Program Format

The program involves ONLINE and FACE to FACE classes. The online classes are asynchronous (self-paced) OR synchronous in the evenings (nearly always on TUESDAYS) on the East Lansing campus. Over the past two years, students have had face to face classes for 3 semesters (Y1 spring, Y2 fall, and Y2 spring). Summer classes are typically online.

Summer Start

Admitted students enroll in the Ed.S. program upon admittance and begin classes during summer semester (on May 16, 2024). Some students begin during the final semester of their undergraduate degree (e.g., their completion of final undergraduate coursework overlaps with the first few weeks of the MSU summer semester). These students need provide evidence of full conferral of their undergraduate degree to continue in the program in the fall.

Project Hi2LD

For admission to the Ed.S. program in 2024-2025, we will be accepting applications to Project Hi2LD (Hybrid Interdisciplinary Training to Address High Intensity Needs for Students with Learning Disabilities.). This program will offer top Ed.S. student(s) funding to cover tuition and material expenses during their two years of Ed.S. coursework prior to internship, as well as monthly training experiences beyond the typical program. To participate in this project, applicants will complete the standard Ed.S. application and indicate their interest in Project Hi2LD in their personal statement. If selected to participate in the project, applicants must enroll in coursework and begin completing Project Hi2LD activities in the summer of 2024. Learn more via the Project Hi2LD website and register to attend the next Hi2LD virtual information session on Dec. 6, 2023, at 4 p.m. EST.

Admissions Criteria for EdS Program

We seek applicants who are interested in working as school psychologists in school settings. Professional activities include assessment, intervention, and consultation with a school-aged population, their caregivers, educators, and other professionals.

We believe our profession benefits from the perspectives of those who differ by gender, ethnicity, race, culture, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religious beliefs, socioeconomic class, and abilities. We encourage diverse individuals to apply to our program and to seek out opportunities to serve diverse clients and systems.

Checklist of Application Steps (see details below)

  1. Complete the University Application
  2. Submit your fee of $65 OR e-mail schpsy@msu.edu to explain your fee waiver
  3. Enter materials in the MSU GEA portal
    • Provide contact information for three recommendation letter writers
    • Upload your Personal and Academic Statement
    • Upload your Writing Sample
    • Upload your Curriculum Vita or Resume
    • Upload a brief written statement indicating that you can complete an internship of 1200, full-time, clock hours
  4. Submit other materials
    • Have one official copy of your Transcripts sent from each previous institution attended
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score submission is optional for Summer 2023 admissions applications
  5. For International students only: Complete Step 4 outlined below

Step 1: University Application and Fee

*Complete the application at the link below

Select the Summer Semester (US) and the School Psychology (EdS) major. Leave the Personal Statement and Academic Statement blank but please answer all other questions on the application.

Step 2: Submit your fee of $65.

Applicants whose graduate application fee is waived through a university program MUST notify the School Psychology Program Assistant at schpsy@msu.edu to ensure your application is reviewed by the admissions committee.

Step 3: Enter materials in the MSU Graduate Education Application (GEA) portal

After completing the University Application AND payment, you will receive an email offering you access to the Graduate Education Application (GEA) Portal. The GEA portal allows you to upload documents, request letters of recommendation, and check the status of your application. Log into the GEA portal using your Applicant ID and password (provided by e-mail) to continue the application process and monitor your application status.

*Provide contact information for three recommendation letter writers in the GEA portal

For each recommender, include: title (e.g., Dr. or Ms.), first and last name, job title, employer, and e-mail address. Ensure you have a mutual agreement with your recommender prior to submitting their information into the system. You may need to follow up with your recommenders regarding missing letters to complete your application. Seek recommendations from individuals who are knowledgeable about your academic performance and ability to work effectively with people.

*Submit one statement describing your Personal and Academic reasons for applying to our School Psychology program

This document is a key component of your application. See description of content and formatting of this statement. Use this statement to make a case for why you’re a good fit for the profession of school psychology. Upload the same statement to BOTH the personal and academic statement sections in SLATE.

*Upload your Writing Sample to the GEA portal

Submit an example of academic or professional writing. Present evidence of previous research experience (e.g., a Master’s thesis or scholarly paper, work on a research project, publication in a professional journal, or a presentation at a professional conference). A research paper submitted for a course in psychology of education is also acceptable.

*Upload your Curriculum Vita or Resume to the GEA portal

Specify “Resume” as the document type.

Evidence of experience working with children, youth and families in school, community or agency settings is desirable.

*Upload a brief written statement (one sentence) indicating you can complete an internship of 1200, full-time, clock hours.

Step 4: Other Application Materials

*Have one official copy of your Transcript sent to our program from each previous institution attended.

Supply evidence of previous successful academic performance, including a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last two years on undergraduate coursework and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in graduate coursework.

Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution; contact the registrar’s office at your institution for procedures. Transcripts must indicate a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution either conferred or in progress. Individuals with advanced degrees (e.g., MA, ME, EdS) are encouraged to apply; students entering the program with an advanced degree may have some requirements waived. Have your institution send transcripts directly to:

School Psychology Program Assistant
620 Farm Lane, Room 435
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034, USA

*Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE): OPTIONAL

GRE score submission is optional for Summer 2023 admission. Please designate Michigan State University (1465) as an official recipient of your scores. The verbal, quantitative and analytical portions of the GRE should be submitted. Typical scores for students admitted into our program fall within the above average range. The college requires that the GRE must have been taken no longer than five years prior to the application for admission.

Information on testing may be obtained from: MSU Testing office, 207 Student Services Building, East Lansing, MI 48824 517-355-8385

Step 5: (For INTERNATIONAL students only)

International students must meet additional university-level requirements for admissions.

*Demonstrate proficiency in English

*Upload Proof of Financial Support to the GEA portal

International applicants are required to submit an Affidavit of Support and financial proof. This statement, which is found on the Graduate School’s International Applicants information page, must originate from your source of support and must be a certified, original statement with stamp and original signature.

Applicants from Chinese Universities: Please see the following link