Applying to Graduate Programs
If you have questions while completing the admissions process, please contact Educational Psychology’s Graduate Admission Coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 608-262-1427.
To Complete the Graduate School’s online application
Find the Graduate School’s Electronic Application page here.
The application deadline for the next Fall semester is December 1 for all of the department’s four program areas: Human Development, Learning Sciences, Quantitative Methods or School Psychology. You can visit the Academics page here for a full description of each program area.
All applications are reviewed after the December 1 deadline. Applications received or completed after the deadline may be considered on a space-available basis. Applications from exceptional candidates may be considered after the deadline. Applicants can monitor their application status via the Online Admission Status Information System (OASIS) link found on the Graduate School online application.
If you are interested in entering in the Spring or Summer semesters, please contact the department’s Graduate Admissions Coordinator by emailing email@example.com or by calling 608-262-1427.
If you have questions after reading this information, contact the Department’s Graduate Admissions Office.
Reasons for Graduate Study or Statement of Purpose (Department requirement)
Guidelines for writing the statement of purpose:
- The statement is essential for faculty to gain insight into your academic, research and career goals
- Provide a detailed description of the types of topics and academic areas you wish to study, as well as outlining any specific research questions you have or lines of research you wish to pursue
- Include a sentence indicating which area of the department you wish to study – Human Development, Learning Sciences, Quantitative Methods or School Psychology. This information is required so that your application can be reviewed by the appropriate faculty. Absence of this information delays review of your application
- If you have an advisor preference for a specific faculty member in your area of study, you are encouraged to indicate this preference in your statement
Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume (Department requirement)
Include a comprehensive listing of academic awards, teaching or research experience. This information is used in nominating students for fellowships and making decisions about funding.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (Department requirement)
Applicants are required to take the GRE. For more information on taking the GRE, please visit the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website here. The Department of Educational Psychology does not require a subject test.
View average test scores from previous applicants here.
Guidelines for submitting GRE scores to UW-Madison:
- Request from ETS that your scores be sent to UW-Madison
- Use the institution code 1846 for UW-Madison
- Scores may not be older than 5 years
Official scores for the GRE must be received at the department by the December 1 application deadline. If the official scores will not be available for submission by the application deadline, you may do the following:
- Submit your UNOFFICIAL scores for temporary use by the department until the official scores are available by entering the scores on your online application form. Or, you can send them via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as you have taken the test
- If the scores are sent via email, the department will add the information to your other application materials
Transcripts (Department and Graduate School requirement)
A PDF of your undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts is required for admission review by the department. Applicants will be contacted when to send an official copy of the transcript(s) for submission to the Graduate School.
A minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or the equivalent of the last 60 semester hours (approximately two years of work) ora master’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required. Applicants from an international institution must demonstrate strong academic achievement comparable to a 3.00 for an undergraduate or master’s degree. All GPAs are based on a 4.00 scale. The Graduate School will use your institution’s grading scale. Do not convert your grades to a 4.00 scale.
A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution is required. International applicants must have a degree comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are required from three people qualified to judge the potential of the applicant as a graduate student. It is advised that those making the recommendations submit their letters electronically. Instructions for inviting recommenders to submit their letter online can be found on the Graduate School’s Electronic Application. Letters submitted are stored electronically and automatically attached to the application. If a recommender is unable to submit their letter electronically, they may send it directly to email@example.com.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Graduate School requirement)
Applicants whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide an English proficiency test score by taking the TOEFL test.
Scores are accepted if they are within two years of the start of the admission term. Country of citizenship does not exempt applicants from this requirement. Language of instruction at the college or university level and how recent it has been are the determining factors in meeting this requirement.
Applicants are exempt if:
- English is the exclusive language of instruction at the undergraduate institution; OR
- You have earned a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university not more than five years prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment; OR
- You have completed at least two full-time semesters of graded course work, exclusive of ESL courses, in a U.S. college or university or at an institution outside the U.S. where English is the exclusive language of instruction. Completion of graded course work cannot be more than five years prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment.
The required proficiency scores are:
Minimum TOEFL requirement: 92 internet (iBT); 580 paper-based test (PBT)
Minimum IELTS requirement: 7.0
Minimum MELAB requirement: 82
- Request that your scores be sent to UW-Madison
- Use the institution code of 1846 for UW-Madison
- Scores may not be older than 2 years
Official score for the TOEFL must be received at the department by the December 1 application deadline. If the official score will not be available for submission by the application deadline, you may do the following:
- Submit your UNOFFICIAL score for temporary use by the department until the official scores are available by entering the score on your online application form or send them via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as you have taken the test
- If the score is sent via email, the department will add the information to your other application materials
Other Admissions Information
English proficiency for Teaching Assistants
International applicants who will hold a teaching assistantship (TA) and whose native language is not English need to take the Test of Spoken English (TSE) prior to admission or take the SPEAK test after arrival on campus.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition and fee rates are adjusted annually. For current tuition and fee information, visit the Office of the Registrar’s website here. Information on projected expenses for international students can be found on the International Financial Statement form. The form is only for informational purposes – applicants are not required to fill it out for the application process.
The department will consider all eligible applicants for fellowships and available funding. Applications received by December 1 will be guaranteed consideration for university-wide fellowships and available funding.
For more financial assistance information, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.
Students with disabilities may obtain information about learning aids, transportation, medical attendants, parking, building access, housing, library services, etc., from the McBurney Disability Resource Center website here.