- 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
- Completed Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores must be less than 5 years old at the time of application.
- For students who hold an advanced degree (master‘s/specialist degree) or have completed graduate coursework and have taken the GRE as a requirement for admission to those programs/coursework may request that these scores be accepted for admission regardless of the date taken; however, the following also need to be met:
- Students will need to submit official copies to the Graduate Student Services office or a copy of their individual report to the program so that scores can be verified.
- These scores will be considered in conjunction with GPA in the advanced degree and/or coursework; students will still be required to have maintained a minimum of 3.0 GPA in their prior gradate work to the school psychology program regardless of when the GRE was taken.
- Students who hold an advanced degree or graduate coursework and did not take the GRE as a requirement for admission to these program/coursework are still required to take the GRE and submit official scores to the Graduate Student Services Office for consideration for admission to the School Psychology PhD Program.
- An official transcript from every college or university attended.
- 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.
- 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.
- A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) outlining your educational, professional, and other experiences, interests, etc. Your resume/CV must include current contact information.
- 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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