School of Education Counseling & Psychology in Education

Human Development & Educational Psychology Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for M.A. in Human Development & Educational Psychology
  • Completed application form including a $35.00 non-refundable fee
  • Earned bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale
  • The GRE General test is required with a minimum score for 148 in the Verbal section and 147 in the Quantitative section (a combined score of 900 on the old GRE format).
  • Personal statement of Professional Goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One official transcript from each University where you received credit
  • Subject to faculty approval, those who do not meet all of the criteria above may be admitted on a provisional basis.
  • Applications are due eight weeks prior to the first day of classes
Admission Requirements for Ed.S. in Human Development & Educational Psychology
  • Completed application form including a $35.00 non-refundable fee
  • Earned master's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale
  • The GRE General test is required with a minimum score for 148 in the Verbal section and 147 in the Quantitative section (a combined score of 900 on the old GRE format).
  • Personal statement of Professional Goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One official transcript from each University where you received credit
  • 15 credits of Educational Psychology master's core coursework
  • Subject to faculty approval, those who do not meet all of the criteria above may be admitted on a provisional basis.
  • Applications are due eight weeks prior to the first day of classes  
Admission Requirements for Ph.D. in Human Development & Educational Psychology
  • Students with a BA or BS may apply directly to the PhD program and earn a master's en route to the PhD
  • Completed application form including a $35.00 non-refundable fee
  • Earned bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale
  • The GRE General test is required with a minimum score of 150 in the Verbal section and 149 in the Quantitative section (a combined score of 900 on the old GRE format).
  • Personal statement of Professional Goals
  • Five letters of recommendation
  • One official transcript from each University where you received credit
  • 15 credits of Educational Psychology master's core coursework
  • Subject to faculty approval, those who do not meet all of the criteria above may be admitted on a provisional basis.
  • Applications are due eight weeks prior to the first day of classes
Admission Requirements for International Students

In addition to the above requirements, international students must also provide USD with the following information:

  • One official transcript of academic work at the undergraduate level (with English translation stating a 3.0 or better undergraduate grade point average based on a 4.0 system). Review by an education credentials service is preferred.
  • Statement of Finance form and certified bank statement or sponsor's letter showing that student is financially self-supported.
  • Proficiency Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 100 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or 600 on the paper based TOEFL is required for graduate admission.  The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Exam is also accepted with a minimum score of 6.0.  Students from English-speaking countries are not required to submit a TOEFL score if their academic records indicate that English was the classroom language for the majority of their schoolwork.  Foreign students who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from an American college or university are not required to submit a TOEFL score. 
  • Students from English-speaking countries are not required to submit a TOEFL score if their academic records indicate that English was the classroom language for the majority of their schoolwork.
  • A letter of notification of the student's status from The Graduate School will be sent to the International Student Advisor. The International Student Advisor will notify the student directly of admission or rejection into the program to which the student applied. If the student has been admitted into The Graduate School, the International Student Advisor will send the Letter of Admission, the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form), and other information to the student who will use these materials to obtain a visa.
  • A foreign student should not depart from home to attend The University of South Dakota until notification of admission has been received and the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form) has been issued to the student. All non-United States citizens must report to the International Student Advisor, Room 109 of Slagle Hall, upon initial arrival to the campus. You can reach the International Student Advisor by calling (605) 677-5331.
  • The most complete and up-to-date requirements can be found on the International Student Advising homepage.

 

If you are a prospective student with a disability and need assistance or accommodations during the admission/application process, please contact the Director of Disability Services, 119B Service Center North, USD, Vermillion, SD 57069.  Phone: 605-677-6389  Fax: 605-677-3172  E-mail: dservice@usd.edu