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Admission information

Admission information

When starting the application process, it is important to ensure that the proper documents are sent to the appropriate person/department. Certain documents are required by Graduate Admissions and Records, while other documents should be submitted directly to the EPLS Department. Completed applications must be received by Graduate Admissions and Records on the deadline date indicated. It is the responsibility of the applicant to see to it that their application is complete and that all the necessary documents listed on the application form are submitted in a timely fashion. Original documents must be received by the dates indicated. Applicants are encouraged to begin the application process in the preceding fall as there are often delays in obtaining the necessary supporting documents (i.e. references, transcripts, etc.).

Need help? The department strongly encourages prospective students to download the Educational Psychology Admissions Guide for program and application information.

Download the Educational Psychology Admissions Guide.


Admission requirements

  1. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with a B+ (6.0) or higher average in the last two years of your degree, as well as senior undergraduate courses directly related to the Special Education focus area.
  2. Two satisfactory assessment reports (references) from academic or field-based contexts.
  3. A letter of intent outlining research, academic and professional goals specific to the Special Education focus areas.
  4. A current curriculum vitae (resume).
  5. English Language Requirement. For applicants whose first language is not English, and who have not resided in a designated English-speaking country three years immediately prior to the entry-point applied for, must provide proof of English Language Proficiency.
  6. A senior undergraduate course in the following 3 areas:

    • educational psychology, instructional psychology, learning theory, or learning principles applied to children (e.g., ED-D 401);
    • development: life-span, childhood, and/or adolescent development (e.g., ED-D 406); and
    • special needs, developmental psychopathology or related course, (e.g. ED-D 420) or two years of related field experience (e.g., providing services to children, youth, or adults with special needs in a school or community setting).

Application process

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to download the Educational Psychology Guide for proper admissions procedures and requirements.

  1. Applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early, as there is often a delay in obtaining the necessary supporting documents (e.g., references, transcripts). Graduate Admissions is particularly busy and it is advisable to have all supporting documents in as early as possible to avoid a processing delay.
  2. Make sure you are aware of all the program requirements. 
  3. All required documents should be uploaded with your application. Please visit the following website to prepare for the submission of your application and your supporting documents:
  4. Submit your application online. Fill out the application clearly and completely. You must include information for all post-secondary institutions at which you registered for courses. Failure to disclose may result in having your admission and registration cancelled. Include the application fee with your application - you must pay online with a credit card
  5. Use the Application Checklist below to ensure the proper documents are sent to the proper place. Different documents are required to be submitted to different places in different ways. Failure to do so may result in an incomplete application and may jeopardize the application.  Original documents must be received by the dates indicated. 
  6. Documentation from applicants who are not admitted or do not take up an offer of admission will be kept on file for ONE year.

PhD requirements

Please download the PhD Educational Psychology Admissions Guide for complete details on program requirements and admissions procedures
  1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  2. Master's degree in a field related to Educational Psychology from a recognized university.
  3. ED-D 560 and ED-D 561A or their equivalents.
  4. Thesis.
  5. Statement of research experience and interests.
  6. Letter of intent.
  7. A current curriculum vitae (resume).
  8. Three assessment reports.
  9. English Language Requirement * For applicants whose first language is not English*
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