Admission to the School Specialist Program is competitive with approximately eight to ten students accepted each year. An acceptable master's degree or 15 semester hours of undergraduate psychology or the equivalent as determined by the department. A 3.0 overall grade point average, transcripts, personal statement, three professional letters of recommendation and scores from the Graduate Record Examination (taken within the last five years) are required for admission.

NOTE: Dr. Timothy Hartshorne will not be supervising students for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Students who are deficient in certain subject areas will be expected to make up these deficiencies in addition to the normally prescribed graduate course work for the degree.

Application Deadline

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is December 1, 2020 for the School Specialist Program. In addition to grades and GRE scores (subject portion not required), the Admissions Committee is attentive to letters of recommendation, personal statements, and relevant professional experiences.

Application Process

Deadline for entry in Fall: December 1, 2020

Application to Central Michigan University

1. CMU College of Graduate Studies Application (Required)

Complete and submit an application with all required application materials to the College of Graduate Studies.

  • Apply online: https://apply.cmich.edu
  • The Department of Psychology requires a Personal Statement which is a very detailed paper and is explained on the Information Form, Item #2 on this page, see below.
  • Transcripts (required) should be sent to the College of Graduate Studies, Central Michigan University, 802 Industrial Drive, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

PLEASE NOTE: For an update on your application status, please call (989) 774-4444.

Application materials to be sent to the Psychology Department

The following items are required and need to be sent to the Department of Psychology, Sloan 139, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859 or via email: psyapps@cmich.edu.

2. Information Form (Required)​

Complete and submit the I​nformation Form. Print and send this completed form along with attachments to psyapps@cmich.edu or mail it to: Central Michigan University, School Psychology Program, Sloan 139, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859


3. Letters of Recommendation (Required)

Three letters of recommendation are required, please complete the top portion of the Letter of Recommendation form and have your letter writers submit this form with their letter of recommendation.

4. GRE Scores will not be required for the 2020-2021 application  year. 

We encourage all applicants to be familiar with the American Psychological Association's guidelines for accepting offers for admission and financial aid.

Contact Information

If you have any questions in regards to the above requirements please contact:
Betty Schulte, Administrative Assistant,
schul4bl@cmich.edu or 989-774-6463
Central Michigan University, School Psychology Programs,
Sloan Hall 139, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Fax number: 989-774-2553​

Thank you for your interest in CMU!