How to apply

Application Deadline

The deadline for the consideration of applications is the 3rd Monday of January. The next deadline is: Monday, January 21, 2019

Apply to the University of Wisconsin Graduate School System expanding section
  • 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. 
Send your GRE scores to UW-La Crosse through ETS expanding section

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 UWL when you took the GRE and need to order an additional score report,  visit the ETS website . 

  • Required:   Please send scores on the GRE general section: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing.
  • Recommended:  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. 

Have your transcript sent to UWL Graduate Admissions expanding section

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

Graduate Admissions

2320 Student Union

521 East Ave. N

La Crosse, WI 54601

For Assistance with this step call 608.785.8939 or email:

Fill out the short online information survey expanding section
  • Follow this link to fill out the survey.

  • Important: You will be asked to submit the names and emails of your references.

Complete the following supplemental materials expanding section
  • 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).
  • Purpose Statement: 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 have your reference send their letter with 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 the deadline. 

Send these supplemental items (including letters of recommendation) to

After these materials are submitted, they are reviewed by the Admissions Committee consisting of selected 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.

A subset of applicants will be invited for an in person interview with the Admissions Committee. Applicants will also be able to talk with current school psychology students and tour the campus and program facilities.

Decisions on acceptance will be made by March 15. 


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


To contact the School Psychology Program Director, Dr. Rob Dixon, call 608.785.8441 or email