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Application and Admission: Rehabilitation Psychology

Admission as a Pre-Professional Student

New freshmen and transfer students are admitted directly to the School of Education with a “pre” classification related to their area of interest—Pre-Elementary, Pre-Special Education, Pre-Kinesiology, etc. This classification indicates that a student is interested in a particular program area, but hasn't completed the eligibility requirements for admission into the professional program. Pre-Rehabilitation Psychology students receive a classification of PSR.

On-campus students wishing to be admitted to the School of Education while working on a program’s eligibility requirements can apply for admission to the School of Education by completing a pre-professional application form. However, it is not necessary to be a "pre" before applying to any of the School of Education's professional programs. Admission with a PSR classification requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, based on all UW–Madison coursework. This admission GPA may be modified by the Last 60 Credits rule, below.

It is strongly recommended that students interested in a School of Education program meet with an academic advisor in Education Academic Services (EAS), 139 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, 608-262-1651.

Admission to the Professional Program

Students are currently admitted to the Rehabilitation Psychology undergraduate program twice a year, for the fall and spring semesters. To be eligible for admission, applicants must have

  • completed at least 54 credits of transferable college-level coursework by the end of the semester the application is filed.
  • completed RP&SE 300 Individuals with Disabilities by the end of the program-application semester.
  • earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) based on all transferable college-level coursework attempted. This GPA is calculated from both Madison campus coursework and coursework taken at any other colleges or universities. (Note: For alternative calculation of cumulative GPA, see Last 60 Credits Rule, below.) 
  • printed, completed, and submitted the following forms to EAS, Room 139 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall:

For fall admission, a professional application and accompanying transcripts must be submitted to EAS by March 1 of the spring preceding fall admission. For spring admission, the professional application and accompanying transcripts must be submitted to Education Academic Services by November 1 of the fall semester preceding spring admission. Transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended must be submitted with the application form. Applications cannot be processed unless a complete academic record is presented for consideration.

Criteria for program eligibility, selection, and other information related to the admissions process may change from one admission period to the next. Any changes to these criteria may occur up until the application period begins and will be reflected below. 

Last 60 Credits Rule

Two grade point averages will be calculated to determine candidates' eligibility to the program. GPAs will be calculated using (1) all transferable college level coursework attempted, and (2) the last 60 credits attempted. The higher GPA of these two will be used for purposes of determining eliogibility. If fewer than 60 credits have been attempted, all credits will be used to calculate the GPA. Graded graduate coursework will also be used in all GPA calculations. ("Attempted" coursework indicates coursework for which a grade has been earned.) More information on this rule is available here.

Transfer Students

Applicants not already enrolled on the UW-Madison campus must be admissible to the University to enroll in a School of Education program. Admission to UW-Madison requires a separate application and admission process. See UW-Madison Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment for application information. More detailed information for prospective transfer students is available here. Prospective transfer students are strongly advised to meet with an Education Academic Services advisor in advance of their application.

Program Selection

Selection to the program will be made at the end of the fall and spring semesters, after the previous semester grades are reported. The number of applicants admitted each semester will be determined by the faculty according to available resources. While all eligible applicants have been admitted to the professional program in recent years, this may not always be the case; see stipulations below. Admission is not final until all acceptance related materials are received by EAS and criminal background investigation results are reviewed.

If the applicant pool exceeds the resources available for any admission period, admission will become limited and competitive. Selection will be based upon cumulative grade point average. Remaining students will be placed on a waiting list based on ranked order of cumulative grade point average.

Criminal Background Investigation and Disclosure Statement

Criminal background checks will be required of all admitted students. Applicants will also be asked to complete a disclosure statement. More detailed information is available here.

Students with a Previous Degree

Persons who already hold an undergraduate degree are admitted to the School of Education as either an Education Special student or a Second Degree student, depending on their interests and academic background. The term Special student indicates that the student has an interest in pursuing certification in a subject area studied during the initial degree; the student does not receive a degree for this "certification only" coursework. Second Degree students are seeking a second, unrelated degree from the School of Education, which may, or may not, include teacher certification. Candidates for limited enrollment programs must meet all admission eligibility requirements for the program and must compete with the eligible applicants for program admission. More information is available here.