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Application and Admissions

All prospective students desiring admission into the School Psychology Program must simultaneously apply for admission into the School of Graduate Studies. This combined application form may be completed on-line ( or obtained by calling the School of Graduate Studies (262) 472-1006. The completed form, along with all necessary fees, should be delivered or mailed to the School of Graduate Studies located in Roseman Hall.

Grade Point Average

An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least a 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) is required. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may appeal for an exception on the basis of other factors (e.g., relevant work experience, outstanding job performance, recommendations, and/or evidence of appropriate personal qualifications.) Prospective applicants should be aware that the School Psychology Program receives far more applications for admission than we can possibly admit. A strong undergraduate GPA is a characteristic of most students admitted to the program.

Prerequisite Course Work

Students must demonstrate, at a minimum, undergraduate or graduate course work in the three areas of 1) child/adolescent psychology or development, 2) abnormal psychology, and 3) basic statistics as prerequisite to all graduate coursework. Additional preparation in the areas of physiological psychology, advanced child development, personality theory, theories of counseling, and regular or exceptional education are highly desirable.

Personal Characteristics

Individuals wishing to be admitted to this program must be of high personal character. Some districts and practicum sites require a criminal background check. In addition, exceptional levels of maturity and professional demeanor are expected. Otherwise qualified candidates who lack these characteristics will be denied admission.

Non-Candidate for Degree

In accordance with Graduate School policy, students may take selected graduate courses as an Non-Candidate For Degree (NCFD) prior to admission. Up to 12 credits may be transferred into the student's School Psychology Program upon subsequent admission to the Program. Some students have found this to be a way to help demonstrate academic qualifications and/or get a head start on their program. Please consult the Coordinator prior to registering for NCFD classes. Successful completion of NCFD course work does not guarantee subsequent admission.

Applicants with Previously Earned Master's Degrees

Individuals desiring to apply directly to the Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) with a previously earned Master's degree in school psychology may do so in consultation with the Coordinator. Additional course work to address deficiencies may be required.

  1. Complete the UW-Whitewater Graduate School Application form and send it along with the fee to the address provided for the School of Graduate Studies. Have your undergraduate transcripts also sent to the School of Graduate Studies, NOT to the School Psychology Program. Please see the address below. Link to UW-Whitewater Graduate School Application:
  2. Complete the one page UW-Whitewater School Psychology Program "Student Application" form. You can download a "Student Application" form now! Word (.doc) or PDF (.pdf).
  3. 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 be neatly typed and should provide the Admissions Committee with a strong sample of your ability to express yourself in writing. 
  4. Attach the Student Application to the face of your Autobiographical Statement and mail both to Dr. Christine Neddenriep (see address below).
  5. Solicit 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 directly to Dr. Christine Neddenriep (see address below). You may call 262-472-5413 to inquire about whether your letters have arrived. 
  6. Take either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and have the results sent to the Department of Psychology (Institution Code 1921 (UWW); Department Code 3406 (School Psychology). Early planning is essential. Failure to arrange for this testing in a timely manner may result in an incomplete application packet on the deadline date. Have results sent to the Department of Psychology. Once you have obtained your copy of the results, call 262-472-5413 to inquire if the university has also received a copy. Missing results are not unusual; copier reproductions may be acceptable to complete your packet if necessary. 
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. If your application packet 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
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190

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

  • If you are applying with a psychology undergraduate degree from a major university within the state of Wisconsin and have a strong 3.00 plus GPA (on 4.00 scale), the answer is probably "either will do." We use the information from these instruments to help guide our judgements and understanding, particularly with students from programs with which we are unfamiliar. We know and respect the various psychology departments from our state, and see the undergraduate grade point average as a better predictor of success. In such cases, the MAT will do nicely. If you are from out of state, or you have been out of school for a lengthy period, or you believe that a strong GRE score might help a less than outstanding grade point average, then we recommend the GRE. In either case, we do not have firm cut-off scores.
  • 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 February 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 early February with applicants whose materials are complete.

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Contact Information

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