College of Education

Educational, School, & Counseling Psychology- Graduate

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The Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology offers programs leading to the following degrees: Master of Science in Education (Plans A and B available), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).  The department also participates in the College of Education’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Education Sciences degree program with the Quantitative and Psychometric Methods strand.  Your submission of an application of admission via the graduate school website causes you to apply to both the graduate school and the department for your program of choice.  Doctoral applications must be completed by December 1 for fall admission.  All other degree applications have a deadline of February 1.  Within the degree programs offered, four specializations are possible: counseling psychology, educational psychology, school psychology, and quantitative and psychometric methods.  Specializations are designed to provide students with both a background in behavioral and humanistic components of human learning and behavior, and the competencies to practice the skills designated for these programs.  Admission to candidacy in any of these programs includes not only demonstrated skills in the academic area, but a judgment by the faculty of the program that the candidate demonstrates the personal and social characteristics, as well as the professional commitment and ethical standards requisite, for providing the services and demonstrating the skills associated with the program and the advanced degree.

Counseling Psychology Doctoral (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements

  • CV
    • Educational background, work and clinical experiences, volunteering and community service, professional certifications, professional memberships, publications, and references.
  • Personal Statement
    • ​See this webpage for instructions on what to discuss in your Personal Statement. 
  • Writing Sample
    • ​Article manuscript or class paper; sole authored; demonstrating command of APA style (Title page, headers, references, etc.)
  • GRE
  • Letters of recommendation (2 required, 3 encouraged)
  • Application Deadlines:
    • ​Fall: December 1

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Counseling Psychology Masters (MS) Degree - Application Requirements

  • CV
    • Educational background, work and clinical experiences, volunteering and community service, professional certifications, professional memberships, publications, and references.
  • Personal Statement
    • ​See this webpage for instructions on what to discuss in your Personal Statement. 
  • Writing Sample
    • ​Article manuscript or class paper; sole authored; demonstrating command of APA style (Title page, headers, references, etc.)
  • GRE
  • Letters of recommendation (2 required, 3 encouraged)
  • Application Deadlines:
    • ​Fall: February 1

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Educational Psychology Doctoral (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements

  • CV
    • Educational background, work experiences, professional certifications, professional memberships, publications, and references
  • Personal Statement
    • Should include: (1) previous teaching and/or life experiences that have influenced your decision to pursue a degree in educational psychology, (2) experience with diverse populations and/or different cultures, (3) research interests (i.e., specific problems or general areas in which you hope to work), (4) specific career goals, and (5) rationale for why the educational psychology program at the University of Kentucky is a "good fit" for your goals.
  • Writing Sample
    • ​Article manuscript or class paper; sole authored; demonstrating APA style command (Title page, headers, references, etc.)
  • GRE
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Fall: December 1

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Educational Psychology Masters (MS) Degree - Application Requirements

  • CV
    • Educational background, work experiences, professional certifications, professional memberships, publications, and references
  • Personal Statement
    • ​Should include: (1) previous teaching and/or life experiences that have influenced your decision to pursue a degree in educational psychology, (2) experience with diverse populations and/or different cultures, (3) research interests (i.e., specific problems or general areas in which you hope to work), (4) specific career goals, and (5) rationale for why the educational psychology program at the University of Kentucky is a "good fit" for your goals.
  • GRE
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Application Deadlines:
    • ​Fall: February 1

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

School Psychology Doctoral (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements

  • CV
    • Educational background, work experiences, professional certifications, professional memberships, publications, and references
  • Personal Statement
    • ​Should explain your reasons for applying to the program and address the following: (1) What is your understanding of school psychology and why is this program a "good fit" for your specific career goals? (PhD applicants only) (2) What previous clinical or educational experience and/or life experiences do you have with diverse populations and/or different cultures? (4) What is (or will be) your contribution to issues of diversity and social justice? (5) Please describe your research experiences thus far and what research you might want to pursue (note that your research interests do not need to align with the faculty, although they can).
  • Writing Sample
    • Article manuscript or class paper; sole authored; demonstrating APA style command (Title page, headers, references, etc.)
  • GRE
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Application Deadlines:
    • ​Fall: December 1

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

School Psychology Specialist (EdS) Degree - Application Requirements

  • CV
    • Educational background, work experiences, professional certifications, professional memberships, publications, and references
  • Personal Statement
    • ​Should explain your reasons for applying to the program and address the following: (1) What is your understanding of school psychology and why is this program a "good fit" for your specific career goals?, (2) What previous clinical or educational experience and/or life experiences do you have with diverse populations and/or different cultures?, (3) What is (or will be) your contribution to issues of diversity and social justice?
  • GRE
  • Three leters of recommendation
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Fall: February 1

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Quantitative & Psychometric Methods Doctoral (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Writing Sample
  • For international students) TOEFL or IELTS scores: All non-native English speakers, with the exception of those who earned their undergraduate degree in its entirety at an English-speaking institution, must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • GRE or GMAT
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application Deadlines:
    • Fall: January 15

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements., or navigate to https://education.uky.edu/edp/qpm/apply/ for more detailed application instructions.

Admissions Officer Contact Information

mary Richardson

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859-257-4618
mrich6@uky.edu