Doctoral and Master's Admissions

Admission Process/Requirements for Doctoral and Master's Applications

Applying to a graduate program at UNT is a two-step process:

Step 1: Toulouse Graduate School Application

 Apply online through the Toulouse Graduate School at Submit application fee and official transcripts from all schools attended to their office. If additional items are needed, their office will notify you via mail and on your MyUNT page. If the minimum GPA requirements are met, the packet will be forwarded to our department for review. You must meet the admission requirements of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies, including a minimum 3.4 GPA on Master's degree work (if applying with a Master's degree), 2.8 on Bachelor's (if applying without a Master’s degree), or 3.0 on the last 60 credit hours (if applying without a Master’s degree). All requirements, including GPA, must be met before the department can begin reviewing an application. Details on their requirements can be viewed at Requirements for international applicants can be viewed at, including information on meeting the English Language Proficiency requirement.

 Step 2: Departmental Application Requirements

  • Submission of official GRE scores is required: verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections. The department views high GRE scores as positive indicators of potential success in the programs, within a competitive holistic framework for evaluating the applicants. Applicants are encouraged to aim for at least the 50th percentile in all three sections. GRE scores must be sent electronically from ETS, institutional code= 6481. Applicants must submit scores that are less than five years old, with exceptions for those that have a completed Master’s degree from UNT. Resources can be found at, as well as study materials in most book stores. Current UNT students can also participate in exam preparation workshops through the Learning Center.
  • At least two written letters of recommendation for Masters applicants, and at least three for Doctoral applicants. These letters should be sent from the reference, signed and on official letterhead. Academic references are strongly preferred, and should be in an appropriate position to make recommendation (current or former advisor or professor; school administrator). Professionally applicable sources are accepted, but not preferred. These letters should address potential as a graduate student; include references to how applicant will benefit from the graduate program in future professional roles; provide evidence of the applicant’s reading, critical thinking, writing and mathematical skills; and attest to applicant’s professional and academic skills.
  • Professional resume that delineates previous work, educational experiences, membership and involvement in professional organizations, and scholarly activities. Resume should support potential for strong performance as a graduate student.
  • A personal statement (1-3 pages) is required, stating your goals and rationale for applying to the desired degree program and concentration area. In this statement, you may include a brief description of your career experiences (teaching, working with special populations, etc.), and explain how they are linked to your educational aspirations. Also, if you have any research and/or evaluation experiences summarize and relate to your degree and concentration. Your personal statement should be well-articulated and demonstrate  professional writing quality (formal; accurate grammar and spellings);
  • The Educational Diagnostician concentration also requires a copy of your teaching certificate, two years of experience as a fully-licensed teacher, and the attached Policy Manual signature page (attached below).
  • All departmental application materials, including official GRE scores, must be received within two months of the submitted online application.
  • Note: The Special Education PhD Program requires a completed Master’s Degree. The Educational Psychology PhD program prefers, but does not require one.

All departmental admission decisions are based on a holistic review of the applicant’s submitted materials, including GPA, GRE scores, etc. Applicants that are strong in all areas will have first priority of admission.

Please send all departmental materials and application inquiries to:

Laura Musgrove Coleman, Graduate Advisor
Department of Educational Psychology
1155 Union Circle #311335
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Tel: (940)565-3486

Physical address if sending via a delivery service:

Department of Educational Psychology
1300 Highland Street
Matthew Hall, room 316
Denton, TX 76203


EdDiag Policy Manual.docx20.74 KB
Pathways to Excellence Award Application.docx40.4 KB