School of Education Counseling & Psychology in Education

School Psychology Admission Requirements

 
 
Ed.S. Program
  • 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
  • If graduate work from a regionally accredited institution has also been completed, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale is required
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test is required, with a minimum verbal score of 145 and a quantitative score of 143.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vita or resume
  • Personal statement of professional goals
  • One official transcript from each University 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 April 15 to begin in the following fall semester  

 

Ph.D. Program
  • 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
  • If graduate work from a regionally accredited institution has also been completed, a minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on a 4.0 scale is required
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test is required, with a minimum verbal score of 147 and a quantitative score of 145.
  • Five letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vita or resume
  • Personal statement of professional goals
  • 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 April 1 to begin in the following fall semester  

 

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 written TOEFL is required for graduate admission.  Writing tests which accompany TOEFL tests are required, a minimum score of 4 is required on the Test of Written English (TWA) which accompanies the paper-based version and a minimum score of 20 is required for the writing section of the Internet-based TOEFL.  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