Graduate Admissions FAQs

+Is there a form for completing letters of recommendation?

Yes, this form is part of the online departmental application. It is an electronic form so you will need to type in the recommenders email address and send it to them. You may want to contact the recommender to let them know the form will be coming electronically.

+ If I already have letters from my recommenders can I send those in?

Yes, we will accept the paper letters, however we strongly prefer the electronic format provided as part of the online departmental application. This is the preferred method because the application you complete is the exact application our faculty will review after the deadline. It is very helpful when all of an applicant's materials can be found in the same location. If you choose to send in a paper letters we have to upload them to your electronic application and they can be harder to locate. Your recommenders can easily attached their letter via our electronic form so there is no need for them to rewrite a whole new letter. Please note, if you elect to send in paper letters they must come directly to the department in a signed and sealed envelope. Letters not received in a signed sealed envelope will not be accepted. Letters can be mailed to:

Valerie Wilson
Department of Educational Psychology
704I Harrington Tower
MS 4225 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843
+ Can I send supplemental materials?

You can send us anything you like, and will keep them in our application file. However, we will not upload these items to your file. If you want items such as a professional paper or resume included for review, you need to upload these items to the application as we cannot upload them on your behalf.

+ I don't have my UIN and applications are due tomorrow. I can't submit my online departmental application so I think I will miss the deadline - what should I do?

Don't worry about this. Even though you cannot technically hit the submit button we still have access to your application. We will take care of this for you and make the appropriate adjustments. You don't even need to contact us - we do it automatically. Please note that it can up to 2 -3 business days to get your UIN from Admissions, so we strongly suggest that you not wait until the deadline to submit your application materials.

+What is your policy on late applications?

We can only guarantee that applications that are complete by the deadline will be reviewed. However, we will continue to accept late materials until the day the files are sent to the faculty to review. The catch is that this date changes every year so no one knows when that date will be. So if you choose to apply after the deadline your application may or may not be reviewed.

+Do I have to take the GRE?

Yes, this examination is a required application component. The only exceptions are students who are applying to the Master's program in Educational Technology, Special Education and School Counseling. We ONLY submit complete files to our faculty for review and we must have GRE scores on file for all applicants unless referenced above. The scores also need to be less than 5 years old. It does not matter if you have a graduate degree from another institution. We still require that you take the GRE. Please note that we will accept unofficial scores for the review process. You can call or email us to report your scores if you are taking the GRE close to the deadline and concerned that the scores will not arrive in time. Please send us the date you took the exam and the score you receive in each section.

+I want/need a Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship - how do I apply?

Please note that we cannot guarantee any financial assistance to any student. We will contact all admitted students about the process for applying for all available assistantships. This is a separate process from applying for admission. The department and programs will choose students to be nominated for Graduate Diversity or Graduate Merit fellowships. These fellowships are only open to U.S. citizens. Please do not ask to be nominated for one of these fellowships as the program will determine which students are competitive for these awards.

+What is the minimum GPA / GRE Score requirement?

There is no minimum requirement for the GRE or GPA. All students with complete files are given full consideration, and their complete file is reviewed. In terms of general guidelines students will typically have a 3.0 GPA or higher (please note that we calculate GPAs on the last 60 credits), and a GRE score with at least a 151 on the verbal portion and a 141 on the quantitative portion and a combined score around 300. It is important to note that these are just guidelines we do admit students that don't meet the guideline and we don't admit students that do meet the guideline.

+There is an essay that is part of the Texas Common Application and then Online Departmental Application. Do I have to complete both of them?

No - you do not need to complete both essays. You MUST complete the essay that is part of the online departmental application. This essay should be well written, polished, and address all questions or points listed. You are welcome to cut and paste this essay into the Texas Common Application, but it is not necessary.

+What should my essay cover?

Each program has specific questions or points that you are asked to address. You will be able to see these once you begin completing the online departmental application.

+What is considered a complete application?

An application file is considered complete when we have all the components of both the departmental application and the University application. This includes all transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, and essay have been received. Please remember that we only review complete applications and that it is the applicant's responsibility to make sure their application is complete!