How to Apply

The application deadline for the Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) program is December 1.

The School Psychology faculty reviews applications and calls the top-rated applicants for phone interviews. Following phone interviews, some applicants will be invited to our on-campus interview day, usually occurring in mid-February to early March. Please note that visiting day is by invitation only. Please inquire about funding if you are asked to travel to UM for an interview.  Offers of admission will be made shortly after visiting day. 

When applying to the School Psychology Graduate Program you must complete the following:

  1. Submit a completed graduate school application and pay the application fee.
  2. Submit three letters of recommendation via the online application. If you opt to have your letter writers submit recommendations electronically, you will provide an email address for each on your application and they will, in turn, receive an email with download instructions. Your letter writers may instead choose to send hard copies directly to the department. If that is the case, each letter should arrive in a sealed envelope with the recommender's signature across the seal. If your recommendation writers choose to use the online system please do not also send duplicate hard copies.
  3. Upload a personal statement to the online application.Upload a personal statement to the online application. If you opt to include your personal statement via the online system please do not send a duplicate hard copy.
  4. Upload your Curriculum Vitae to the online application. If you opt to include your CV via the online system please do not send a duplicate hard copy.
  5. Provide official transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate schools you have attended. Institutions can send them directly to the Psychology Department (see address below) or applicants can send them to the department. Please note that if an applicant chooses to send a transcript it must be official and arrive in the original sealed envelope or it will be considered invalid. If your institution offers an online transmission of transcripts option please have your e-script transmissions sent to .  If you can only use the National Student Clearinghouse, please select University of Montana as the recipient.  For further information or e-script questions: .
  6. Applicants may also upload a writing sample to their application, but it is not required.
  7. Applicants may also submit GRE general test scores to the University of Montana Graduate School using the school code of 4489. GRE scores are currently OPTIONAL. Please note: School Psychology SSP applicants, you do not need to take the GRE Psychology Subject Test. More GRE information. 

Western Regional Graduate Program

The Specialist in School Psychology program is now an approved Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). This means that a select number of students from any state in the Western Region of the United States can get their SSP degree from the University of Montana while paying 150% of the in-state tuition rate, which results in a significant reduction in fees for eligible out-of-state students. If you are applying from a WRGP state, please include a note about your interest in the WRGP tuition rate in your application. Please note that only a limited number of students will be eligible for this tuition reduction per year.

Professional Licensure Disclosure 

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education regulations and because we are located in an institution participating in the State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), the Specialist in School Psychology Program, which is a program leading to professional licensure, is required to disclose specific information regarding eligibility for licensure. First, we are required to generally disclose whether completion of our program meets state credentialing or licensing requirements in any U.S. state, district, or territory. In addition, we are also required to make individual disclosures to current students if our curriculum does not meet educational requirements for the state, territory, or district in which they are located or to which they relocate. Finally, we are required to notify prospective students prior to enrollment in our program if we have determined that our curriculum does not meet educational requirements for licensure in the state, territory, or district in which they are located, or if we have not made a determination whether our program meets educational requirements. Please refer to the Provost's Office webpage for additional information.


Mailing Address:

University of Montana
Department of Psychology
Attn: Admissions
Skaggs 143
Missoula, MT 59812

If you have further questions please e-mail us, or call 406-243-4522