Apply to a Graduate Program in EDP

Thank you for your interest in applying to a degree program in Educational, School, or Counseling Psychology. Please read this page carefully. The annual PhD application deadline is December 1.  For those applicants invited for an on-site interview, PhD interview day is held each year on a Friday in late January or early February (the 2019 interview date is: January 25), so please block that date out in your calendar now.  The annual MS/EdS application deadline is February 1. New students begin their studies in the fall semester.  If you are applying to the PhD in Quantitative and Psychometric Methods (QPM), please visit the QPM Apply page instead.

The University of Kentucky is part of the Hobsons ApplyYourself Application Network, a system that provides an opportunity to submit all Graduate School and Departmental requirements in one electronic application. All applications for graduate study at the University of Kentucky Graduate School must be submitted online at https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=ukgrad . Applicants to programs in Educational, School, or Counseling Psychology will be asked to upload the following supporting application materials:

  1. Resume/Vita. Be sure to include your educational background, work experiences, professional certifications, professional memberships, publications, and references.
  2. Letters of Recommendation. Two letters of reference are required, though three are encouraged.
  3. Statement of Purpose. Please cater your statement of purpose to the program of study to which you are applying by addressing the relevant questions below:

      For Educational Psychology:

  • What is your understanding of educational psychology and why is this program a “good fit” for your specific career goals?
  • What previous teaching experience and/or life experiences have influenced your decision to pursue a degree in educational psychology?
  • What is (or will be) your contribution to issues of diversity and social justice?
  • What experiences have you had working with diverse populations and/or different cultures?
  • What are your specific research interests (i.e., specific problems or general areas in which you hope to work) and with which faculty member(s) do your interests most align?

      For School Psychology:

  • What is your understanding of school psychology and why is this program a “good fit” for your specific career goals?
  • What previous clinical or educational experience and/or life experiences do you have with diverse populations and/or different cultures?
  • What is (or will be) your contribution to issues of diversity and social justice?
  • Describe any prior research experience you have.

      For Counseling Psychology:

  • Note: Please address all of the following questions in your Statement of Purpose.  You are welcome to divide up your Statement into separate, clearly marked sections (one per question).
  • Why is our program a “good fit” for your specific career goals?
  • What previous clinical/counseling experience and/or life experiences do you have with diverse populations and/or different cultures?
  • What is (or will be) your contribution to issues of diversity and social justice?
  • What are your specific research interests and how do they align with the research program of one or two of the five counseling psychology faculty member(s)?  The five possible counseling psychology faculty members are Drs. Hargons, Hammer, Reese, Rostosky, and Stevens-Watkins.
  • What is your theoretical orientation? (PhD applicants only)

     For Quantitative and Psychometric Methods:

  • Note: Please address all of the following questions in your Statement of Purpose.  You are welcome to divide up your Statement into separate, clearly marked sections (one per question).
  • What is your understanding of quantitative and psychometric methods and why is this program a “good fit” for your specific career goals?
  • What has influenced your decision to pursue a degree in quantitative and psychometric methods, including how this relates to your career goals?
  • What experiences have you had that relate directly or indirectly to quantitative and psychometric methods?
  • What previous life experiences have influenced your decision to pursue a degree in quantitative and psychometric methods?
  • What are your specific research interests (i.e., specific problems or general areas in which you hope to work)? If you have particular faculty in Quantitative and Psychometric methods with whom your interests align, please explain.
  1. Writing Sample. (PhD applicants only). Submit a sole-authored article, class paper, Master’s Thesis, or manuscript. Writing sample should demonstrate command of APA style.

Program faculty do not use any single criterion for admissions decisions. We consider GRE scores (GRE exam must have been taken within the last 5 years), grade point average (minimum of 2.75 undergraduate and 3.0 graduate), letters of recommendation, previous professional and life experiences, diversity-related experiences, career goals, research interests, and “fit” with overall program focus and faculty expertise. Your statement of purpose is an opportunity for you to convey to the faculty a more holistic view of your strengths and potential contributions to the program.

Late applications will not be reviewed.

The application system will also ask you to submit an application for an assistantship; however, the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling psychology cannot accept applications for assistantships until acceptance into each program has been granted. Therefore, you do not need to submit an application for an assistantship until after acceptance into your respective program.