School Psychology


Program Degree Major Code Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PhD EDSP Fall* February 14, 2023
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 13, 2022  (Recommended)
Graduate Coordinator Program Coordinator – Dr. Steve Knotek (
Address School of Education
CB# 3500, Peabody Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone 919-966-5266
Test Requirements
GRE (general) score within last 5 years
Letters of Recommendation 3
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Other Requirements

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

Letters of Recommendation
Applicants should submit three letters of recommendation from people who know them well academically and/or professionally.  At least one of the three letters should be from someone qualified to assess a candidate’s academic ability/potential.

Transcripts from all post secondary education (including community colleges, summer sessions, extensions programs, study abroad and four year universities) are required to be uploaded in the application. Each applicant should obtain an unofficial copy of their transcripts and either upload the document directly if it is in an accepted format or scan it into a file that can be uploaded. It is the responsibility of the applicant to view each upload and make sure it is clear and legible. If a degree was earned at any post secondary institution, the transcript upload must show proof of degree.

Admitted applicants will be required to submit official transcripts from all institutions to The Graduate School as well as the School of Education.

Statement of Purpose
Provide a written statement of your goals and objectives for advanced graduate study. It should include your conception of what the degree will allow you to accomplish and why you have chosen to engage in advanced study in the field of school psychology. Also, include details of your relevant past experiences with research and service to children and/or youth in schools or other settings. Applicants should describe how the UNC program is a match with their own research and other professional goals.

Applicants who are considered to be finalists for admission to the program will be asked to complete at personal interview with the faculty.  Interviews are scheduled on selected Fridays in January and February.  In the event an applicant cannot travel to Chapel Hill for a face to face interview, a telephone interview may be scheduled for particular circumstances.

Incomplete Applications
All application materials, including letters of recommendation and matched official test scores, must be received by the application deadline.  Applications that are incomplete after the deadline will NOT be reviewed for admission.

All application materials are submitted electronically.  Applicants are responsible for monitoring their application status and ensuring that their application, including letters of recommendation and official test scores, is complete by the application deadline.  Failure to do so will result in your application not being reviewed for admission.

Funding is available but not guaranteed in the form of Teaching Assistant (T.A.) positions and Research Assistant (R.A.) positions.  T.A. and R.A. positions typically include tuition waivers (both in-state and out-of–state), health insurance, and a monthly or bi-weekly stipend.

*Only in unusual circumstances and after consultation with the program are other admission terms considered.