Ph.D. Admission Requirements

  • Entry Level Requirements. The NMSU Graduate School sets as a basic entry-level requirement for the doctorate the holding of a bachelor’s degree and a minimum grade-point average of 3.0. Students who do not hold a master‘s degree may apply in their senior undergraduate year. Students who already possess the master’s/specialist degree should hold it in a closely related field, such as special education, educational diagnostics, school counseling, general counseling, or school psychology.
  • School Psychology Requirements
    1. An official transcript from every college or university attended.
    2. A professional statement (personal statement) or a statement of purpose/letter of intent addressing why they are pursuing a doctorate in school psychology, their professional experiences in teaching, research and community/public service, their professional experiences with school age populations (P-12), and their professional experiences with diverse populations and a statement regarding their multicultural/diversity philosophy.
    3. At least three current (i.e., less than 1 year old) letters of support from different individuals. Information and/or criteria can be found on the Application Checklist attached to the application form.
    4. A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) outlining your educational, professional, and other experiences, interests, etc. Your resume/CV must include current contact information.
    5. Additional optional materials include published research papers, special projects, licensure/certifications, grants, etc.
      Questions regarding the online application process can be directed to: Dr. Lisa Peterson, Program Director Phone: (575) 646-2868 School Psychology Program New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM 88003-80011.
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