The application process is a two-part procedure. Students must apply to
the Office of Graduate Studies and to the Educational Psychology department.
Please read this page thoroughly.

Part 1

Application to Graduate Studies:

Office of Graduate Studies
University of Nebraska Lincoln
1100 Seaton Hall
P.O. Box 880619
Lincoln, NE 68588-0619
(402) 472-2878 or (800) 742-8800

Application Checklist:
__ Graduate Studies Application
__ Application fee-$50 (non-refundable)
__ Upload one transcript from each previously attended institution
__ GRE scores/International students only official TOEFL or IELTS score (Please take the test early enough for us to receive the official scores before the department deadline)

The Graduate Studies online application consists of multiple parts. The "Admission Objective" section is where you identify your Major and Specialization. Depending on your degree objective you need to do one of the following:

To obtain a Masters in Counseling Psychology; Developmental & Learning Sciences; Institutional Research; or Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometric Methods then:
  1. under "Major/Degree" select "Educational Psychology (MA)"
  2. select your desired program in the "Specialization" dropdown
    *we do not offer a MA in School Psychology

To obtain an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology then:
  1. under "Major/Degree" select "Educational Psychology (EdS)"

To obtain a Doctorate in any of the programs (except Institutional Research) then:
  1. under "Major/Degree" select "Psychological Studies in Education (PhD)"
  2. select your desired program in the "Specialization" dropdown

It is desirable that applicants for degree programs satisfy all admission requirements one month before the department deadline in order to ensure timely arrival of the corresponding documentation. The department will not review your file until these items have been received.

Other Information

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores should not be more than five years old. The general test is required, the subject test is optional. Scores should be sent to Institution Code 6877.

For International Applicants TOEFL/IELTS minimum scores: -Internet (iBT) - 80 -Paper (PBT) - 550 -Computer (CBT) - 213 or IELTS - 6.5

For additional requirements for international students, refer to the application instructions for Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Part 2

Application to the Educational Psychology Department:

The Department of Educational Psychology uses a web-based system for departmental reviews of graduate applications. It is called the Graduate Admissions Management and Evaluation System, or simply GAMES. A password enabling access to this system is e-mailed after the completion of Part One (Application to the Graduate College).

GAMES allows you to fulfill departmental application requirements online by entering information and uploading files electronically. Paper documents will not be accepted.

Department Application Requirements (Please upload as PDF files).
   1. Personal Statement
   2. Résumé/Vita
   3. Scholarly writing sample(s) - optional
   4. Three letters of reference (e-mails of those writing reference letters will be requested within GAMES)
   5. GRE scores/International students only official TOEFL or IELTS score (we will obtain the official scores from
       Graduate Studies)

  • Do not submit your application until all requirements have been uploaded (this includes at least 3 Letters of Reference).
  • Only completed applications will be considered for admission.
  • It is the applicants responsibility to be certain that all materials are uploaded into GAMES by the deadline.

*Note* Applicants are encouraged, but not obligated, to include supplementary information with their departmental applications, including papers, publications, etc., to assist the Admissions Selection Committee in their judgment about scholarly potential.

Contact Allison Jones by e-mail ( or by phone (402-472-1050) for any questions regarding the GAMES application process.


Pay close attention to the below dates. We only enroll students during the Fall semester or Spring semester depending on the specialization. Choosing the incorrect Start Term in the Admission Objectives section of the Application for Graduate Admission will result in your application not being reviewed by the the Department.

Counseling Psychology (MA, PhD) December 5th (for Fall 2020)
Developmental & Learning Sciences (MA, PhD) January 15th (early consideration for Fall 2020)
May 1st (for Fall 2019)*
October 1st (for Spring 2020)*
Institutional Research (MA) January 15th (for Fall 2020)
October 1st (for Spring 2020)*
Quantitative, Qualitative, & Psychometric Methods (MA, PhD) January 15th (for Fall 2020)
October 1st (for Spring 2020) Masters students only*
School Psychology (EdS, PhD) December 1st (for Fall 2020)

*For full consideration for financial aid please use the January 15th deadline.

All deadlines are 5:00pm Central Standard Time.

It is to your advantage to check with Allison Jones, 114 Teachers College Hall (402-472-1050) prior to the deadline to make sure all the admission data are on file.

Department applications must be completed within one year of initiation; all incomplete files will be deleted after that.