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Admissions Requirements and How to Apply

School Psychology (Ed.S.)

How to Apply

  1. Cal State Apply University Application: Complete the University application at

    Are you having trouble with the Cal State Apply application?  If so email right away for assistance.

  2. GRE exam & request official transcript(s): Take the GRE exam and request official transcript(s) to be sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions:

    Graduate Admissions
    SDSU - Enrollment Services
    5500 Campanile Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92182-7416

    If you attended SDSU as an undergraduate student, then we do NOT require official transcripts from SDSU.  We have access to this information.

    Electronic Transcript Formats
    SDSU accepts electronic transcripts in PDF or EDI format.  

    Transcripts must be sent by the Institution
    When requesting an electronic transcript you can choose San Diego State University on the selection menu or have them sent to:  SDSU will not accept transcripts emailed from students.

  3. Decision Desk Program Application: The link to this program application will be available within the Cal State Apply application, but you can also access it here: Online Program Application for SDSU Graduate Programs using Decision Desk 

Items Requested in Program Application

Please gather the items below and have them ready to upload to Decision Desk.

  1. Personal Statement : Write a separate personal statement responding to each of the following two prompts; the 3rd one is optional.  Please type the question at the top of the document and format with double-spacing, 12 point font and at least one-inch margins.  Use a maximum of two pages for your answer to each prompt.  Keep in mind that we consider these statements representative of the quality of your potential work in the program.

    Prompt #1:  The mission of our program is to prepare school psychologists who will be change-agents in multi-cultural schools. Given your knowledge and range of experiences, if you could change one thing in the schools, what would that be? Why? How do you think you might go about creating this change?

    Prompt #2:  In what ways will your cultural identity and/or life experiences / background (for example, ethnicity, disability status, race, geographic origins, gender, class) impact your effectiveness as a school psychologist in multicultural schools? Specifically address how these experiences and/or backgrounds will (a) facilitate AND (b) impede or constrain your effectiveness with students, teachers, families, staff and administrators.

    Prompt #3 (optional):  If you feel that your full application materials inadequately reflect your (a) academic, (b) professional, (c) interpersonal and/or (d) cross-cultural readiness for our program you may add a two-page description of you experience, knowledge, skills and/or predispositions that underpin your readiness in one or more of these areas. Note: do not repeat information from your Experience Profile (Required item 2 for this application) or other essays.

  2. Experience Profile Complete your experience profile using the Experience Profile Template (Word Document).

  3. CBEST Exam: Take and pass the CBEST exam.  For more information about registering for this exam, visit the CBEST website.  You will need to upload your passing score sheet to your Online Program Application.

  4. TB Test: Obtain the results of a negative TB test. These results must be current from within the past four years. You can go to your medical doctor or a local clinic to get this done.

  5. Unofficial Transcripts: Download unofficial transcripts (or scan a paper transcript) for every institution, one file per institution, and be prepared to upload to the online program application.  This is in addition to, not a substitution for, having official transcripts sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions office.

  6. Certificate of Clearance: Apply for your Certificate of Clearance.  More directions on this process can be found on the School of Teacher Education's Certificate of Clearance webpage.  Follow the directions for applying to the Certificate of Clearance. The Emergency Teaching Permit does not apply to this program.

  7. Letters of Recommendation: Contact three individuals who you have interacted with both personally and professionally and would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you. Please request that they write their letter and have it ready for when the system is available since they will be needed quickly. Recommenders will submit their letters directly into the Online Program Application.


The School Psychology Program will be conducting interviews on a date to be announced later.


If you have questions about the application process or program itself, contact or visit the School Psychology Homepage.

Important Dates for Fall 2018 Admissions

Item DueDue Date
Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1, 2017)
December 15, 2017
Decision Desk application
December 15, 2017
Transcripts and GRE scores due
January 12, 2018
 Interviews TBA

About Admissions

We conduct admissions annually, beginning our review of applications January 12 for the following summer. We use equitable admissions criteria where different (from the traditional) criteria are applied equally to all applicants:

Academic Readiness

Psychology major or substantial related coursework, strong undergraduate record, quality of application essays. SDSU Graduate Division requires a GPA of 2.8 in the last 60 semester-units; the GRE general tests are required but there are no cutoff scores.

Professional Readiness

Experience with children, youth, and/or schools; familiarity with the profession; interpersonal skills and leadership; knowledge of special and/or bilingual education programs.

Interpersonal Readiness

Excellent skills in listening, collaborating, leading, building trust with others, expressing feelings, managing conflict; appropriate assertiveness; accepting and using feedback; flexibility and openness to new ideas; awareness of impact on others; accepting personal responsibility.

Cross-Cultural Readiness

Depth and/or breadth of cultural knowledge or experiences, culture-focused or multicultural courses, proficiency in a language in addition to English, immersions or international study.

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