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Applying to the Program

Please be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions about admissions and related information for students interested in applying to the program. For questions about application material submissions or to determine whether your application is complete, please contact the Graduate College at 512-245-2581. For more general questions about the program, please contact Dr. Paul Jantz, interim program coordinator, at or 512-245-8682. We currently accept students for entrance into the program each Fall (please note that we no longer accept for Spring entrance). The priority application deadline is February 1, with a final application deadline of May 1 PLEASE NOTE:  DUE TO THE EFFECTS OF THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC, THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE FALL 2020 TERM HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 1, 2020. Faculty will begin reviewing applications on February 15 and will continue to review applications on a rolling basis until all student openings are filled.

The first step is to complete an application online at SLATE. Once you complete the application, it will take approximately 48 to 72 hours for The Graduate College to receive it. Once they receive it, an email will be sent to you giving you instructions on how to activate your NetID. Once you have activated your NetID, you will go into GADU (Graduate Admissions Document Upload system) and enter in the names and email addresses of your recommenders. The system will then automatically send an email to them explaining how they should submit their recommendation. You will also upload your statement of purpose and resume through GADU. Official transcripts must come from the issuing school either electronically at or via mail at: Texas State University, ATTN: The Graduate College, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666-4684.

Review of applications begins on deadline date; please have all materials submitted to Graduate College two weeks prior to deadline to ensure receipt.

Required Materials:

3 Reference Letters: You must enter the names and email addresses of your recommenders in GADU. These individuals will receive an email asking them to write a letter of recommendation to be appended to your application.


Official Transcripts, including documentation of undergraduate prerequisites:

  • Abnormal Psychology (or equivalent course)
  • Developmental Psychology (or equivalent course such as Lifespan Development)
  • Statistics (or equivalent course)

Statement of Purpose: Upload to GADU a typed, 2-3 page, double-spaced statement (which will be evaluated for content, style, and quality) that addresses the following:

  • Your professional goals.
  • Why you are pursuing training in School Psychology rather than in other mental health disciplines (e.g., school counseling, clinical psychology, marriage and family counseling).
  • Considering your total application, what you feel are your major strengths and weaknesses with respect to the School Psychology program.
  • Elements you feel warrant explanation (e.g., GRE score, grade point average, etc.).

Admission requirements for School Psychology Program:

  • Official Graduate Record Exam (general test only) required with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections.