Admission Requirements

Entry Level Requirements. The NMSU Graduate School sets as a basic entry-level requirement for the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) the holding of a master’s degree or its equivalent except for the school psychology program. Students who do not hold a master‘s degree may apply in their senior undergraduate year. Students who already possess the master’s degree should hold it in a closely related field, such as special education, educational diagnostics, school counseling, general counseling, or psychology.

School Psychology Requirements

  1. At this time, we do not require GRE scores as part of the admissions process. Please note, though, that some awards, scholarships, and/or fellowships outside of NMSU for which you may wish to apply in the future may require GRE scores. We, however, do not require the GRE.
  2. For students who hold an advanced degree (master‘s degree or equivalent) 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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 Program.
  3. An official transcript from every college or university attended.
  4. A professional statement (personal statement). Your statement should address the following:- Experience with Diverse Populations- Professional Experience (if applicable) (i.e., Teaching, Counseling, Assessment/Diagnostics)- Experience working with preschool to school-age children and adolescents- Community Service/Volunteer Experience- Why you have chosen School Psychology as a profession

    – Statement of multicultural/diversity philosophy

  5. 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.
  6. A resume or curriculum vitae (CV) outlining your educational, professional, and other experiences, interests, etc. Your resume/CV must include current contact information.
  7. Additional optional materials include published research papers, special projects, licensure/certifications, grants, etc.

Questions regarding the online application process can be directed to:

Dr. MacKenzie Sidwell, Training Director
School Psychology Program
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

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