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Application and Admissions

Prospective students should review the general graduate admission information for Graduate Academic Admission Requirements

All prospective students desiring admission into the School Psychology Program must simultaneously apply for admission to the School of Graduate Studies. This combined application form should be completed on-line at . Please submit the application form, the fee, and an official copy of your undergraduate transcripts to the School of Graduate Studies. Graduate School policy dictates that only transcripts with a university seal, delivered in a sealed envelope from the university or one sent electronically directly from the university, can be considered an "official" transcript.

  1. Complete the UW-Whitewater Graduate School Application form and submit it along with the fee online. Have your undergraduate transcripts sent to the School of Graduate Studies digitally or by mail, NOT to the School Psychology Program. Please see the address below.

  2. Complete the UW-Whitewater School Psychology Program Application online and submit it to the Program. Complete an "Autobiographical Statement." In two to three pages (double spaced), this statement should discuss relevant personal background information and an in-depth description of why you have chosen to pursue the field of school psychology. This statement should provide the Admissions Committee with a strong sample of your ability to express yourself in writing.

  3. Email the Autobiographical Statement Dr. Christine Neddenriep at

  4. Secure three letters of recommendation from appropriate persons (e.g., former professors or work supervisors) who are familiar with your academic and personal qualifications for graduate study in school psychology. Have them write on their own letterhead, and send the letter as an email attachment directly to Dr. Christine Neddenriep at You may call 262-472-5413 to inquire about whether your letters have been received.

  5. If you are interested in applying for a graduate assistantship, complete the application form available from the office of the Graduate Studies. Application deadline is February 15th. For more information regarding graduate assistantships, please see Financial Assistance Opportunities.

  6. After your materials are submitted, they are reviewed by the Admissions Committee consisting of Program Faculty, a member of the psychology department, and graduate assistants in the School Psychology program.

  7. If your application is subsequently passed forward by the Admissions Committee, you will be contacted via email for a personal interview near the deadline date. Please do not call the program to inquire if you will be asked for an interview; we will contact you. A very few individuals, because of extreme travel distance or other factors, may be admitted without an interview.

Important Addresses:
School of Graduate Studies
Roseman 2013
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

Dr. Christine Neddenriep 
Coordinator, School Psychology Program 
Dept. of Psychology 
Laurentide 1229
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

  • The letter of recommendation is essentially an endorsement of you as someone who has the intellectual, motivational, academic, moral-ethical, and social attributes to be a mental health professional in the schools. Choose people who can address a variety of these qualities. College professors who really know your ability -- who have worked closely with you on a major project, who know you as a person as well as a student -- make excellent writers. Avoid professors who don't really remember you well or know you only as a "face" who turned in good work. Try to be certain to have at least one college professor. In addition, your work supervisors (particularly any work that involved children or youth) can write about your maturity level, how well you work with others, ability to be independent, and/or other work-related characteristics. As a general rule, select writers who have recent knowledge of you -- that your high school English teacher still remembers you is nice, but...
  • No. Have your writers use their business letterhead or personal stationary, and send the letter to: Dr. Christine Neddenriep, Coordinator, School Psychology Program, Department of Psychology, UW-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI 53190. Do  NOT send it to the Graduate School.
  • Address any experiential background that you think is relevant to your choice to pursue school psychology. How and why did you come to this decision? Who or what were your influences? Why do you think you will be happy as a school psychologist? Additionally, remember that this may be the only sample of your writing that the Admissions Committee will see, so write it with that in mind.
  • Yes. Most of our students choose to finish their course work, practica, and internship in three years. Some, however, choose to complete their master's degree in two years, then switch to full-time. Either is quite acceptable.
  • In the vast majority of cases, it is fully reimbursed at the rate of a starting school psychologist.
  • We keep our enrollments low so as to allow for a close faculty-student relationship. We have many more applicants than we have spaces available. Your chances are enhanced by the following (not in any order): Strong grade point average; experience with children in a work setting or as an undergraduate intern; evidence that school psychology is not a last minute choice; excellent writing skills on your autobiographical statement; professional and mature appearance at your interview.
  • Many people do. You may reach the Graduate Assistant assigned to the School Psychology Program via email at or by calling 262-472-5413 Mon. - Thurs. between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.. If this person cannot help you, he or she will pass your name and number along to one of the faculty members who will be happy to call you back.

Due to the high volume of applications and the limited enrollment capacity, individuals are urged to begin the application procedure early so as not to be eliminated from consideration due to an "incomplete application packet." Applicant interviews take place in Laurentide Hall, which is located on the corner of North Prince Street and West Starin Road. The building is identified by the letters LT on this map:

The application deadline for all admission is January 15th.
The School Psychology Admissions Committee will review applicants as soon as they are received. Applicants will be informed by e-mail as to their status. The School Psychology Program admits students only in the spring of the year for classes beginning the following summer term. Interviews will begin in later January with applicants whose materials are complete.

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Contact Information

Program Coordinator:
Christine Neddenriep
Laurentide 1229
Phone: (262) 472-1850