How to Apply

Deadline to Apply: January 31

Admission involves a seven-step process that must be completed by January 31 to receive full consideration for the UW-L program.

1. Apply to University of Wisconsin Graduate School System (Link to Apply Electronically)

You will need to register as a new user.  Please have your 3 references selected before you begin the application.  You will be asked to pay a one-time application fee of $56 to the University of Wisconsin system.  After completing the online application, you will be receiving an important email from UW- La Crosse WINGS that includes a username and password for checking the status of your La Crosse application.  Please keep a copy of this information for your records. 

2. Send your GRE scores to UW-La Crosse through ETS

At the test center, you will be asked to designate your score recipients.  Select UW-La Crosse with the code 1914.  If you did not initially select UW-L when you took the GRE and need to order an additional score report, visit the ETS website

  • Please send scores on the GRE general section: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing.
  • The GRE subject test for Psychology is not required of any applicant.  However, the GRE subject test for Psychology is strongly recommended for the following applicants:
    • If your GPA for the last two years is lower than 3.25
    • If you have graduated without majoring in psychology

Click here for a typical student profile of GRE scores and GPA and other information. 

3. Have your transcript sent to UW-L Graduate Admissions

Please send all complete official transcripts of all higher education campuses to:

Graduate Admissions

Cleary Center

1725 State St.

La Crosse, WI 54601

For Assistance with this step call (608) 785-8939 or email: admissions@uwlax.edu

4. Fill out the short online information survey
  • Important: You will be asked to submit the names and emails of your references.
5. Complete the following supplemental materials and send to School Psychology electronically at schoolpsych@uwlax.edu. 
  • A Writing Sample: preferably of a psychological nature such as a summary of literature, research paper, psychological reports, etc. It must be written using APA format and be your own work. Please include a note describing the sample (PDF).
  • Statement of Purpose: describe your interest in school psychology and why you would be effective in this field. A typed page or two (PDF) should be adequate (Link for help).
  • A current resume or vita (PDF). 
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: please use the form provided by the University (Link to Form). At least two recommendations from previous professors, with a third from an employer, supervisor, peer, etc. We recommend that you request four letters of recommendation in order to ensure that three reach us by January 31.
6. Send your ETS Personal Potential Index (PPI) Report to UW-La Crosse through ETS

The ETS Personal Potential Index (PPI) is a web-based system for evaluating the personal attributes of applicants to graduate school. You select three evaluators (typically the three individuals writing your letters of recommendation) to evaluate you on following six dimensions considered to be critical for success in graduate school:

  • Knowledge and Creativity

  • Communication Skills

  • Teamwork

  • Resilience

  • Planning and Organization

  • Ethics and Integrity

For step-by-step instructions please reference the ETS Personal Potential Index Information Bulletin. For more information or to create a ETS PPI account please visit the ETS PPI website.
NOTE: Individuals who register for the GRE General Test are entitled to send up to four ETS PPI Evaluation Reports at no extra charge.
7. Apply for a Graduate Assistantship (optional)

After these 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.

The focus of the Admissions Committee is assessing your academic potential to complete graduate studies, your professional work characteristics, and your potential as a future school psychologist to impact the lives of children. The National Association of School Psychologists advocates for the following professional work characteristics:

(1)   respect for human diversity,

(2)   communication skills,

(3)   effective interpersonal relations,

(4)   ethical responsibility,

(5)   adaptability, and

(6)   initiative/dependability.

Some applicants will be invited for a personal interview with the Admissions Committee. Applicants will also be able to talk with current school psychology students and tour the campus and program facilities.


 

If you have any questions or concerns, contact 

Teresa Znidarsich, Program Assistant

School Psychology Program

347 Graff Main Hall

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

La Crosse, WI 54601

Voice: (608) 785-8441

Fax: (608) 785-8443

e-mail: tznidarsich@uwlax.edu

To contact the School Psychology Program Director, Dr. Rob Dixon, call (608) 785-6893 or email rdixon@uwlax.edu