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Main Office

Department of Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education
School of Education
Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall, Rm. 431
MadisonWI  53706

Tel: 608/263.5970
Fax: 608/263.5970

or by contact form


Undergraduate Program Admissions

Rehabilitation psychology

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March 1 for the following fall
November 1
for the following spring

 special education

Deadline: February 1

Application Period: October 1 to February 1

Professional program applications are available online only during this application period.

Complete Application Information for Special Education Programs
B.S. Special Education Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence and Early Adolescence-Adolescence

B.S. Elementary Education and Special Education Dual Certification Program

Graduate Program Admissions

Rehabilitation Psychology


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Graduate Program Application Deadlines

Master's Program February 15 for fall admission
Doctoral Program January 1 for fall admission
Both programs admit once per year for fall admission. 

Students interested in the master's program and interested in part time study may make a request to begin in spring if they wish. Contact the Department at for more information.

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Factors Considered in Admission

  • Academic performance in previous undergraduate (final 60 credits) and graduate study
  • Relevance of prior study
  • Professional employment history
  • Reasons for pursuing the degree
  • Letters of reference (minimum of three from former professors and supervisors),
  • Results of the Graduate Record Examination and/or the Miller Analogies Test (required for doctoral program only)
  • Personal interview (as requested)

The faculty is particularly interested in the recruitment of women, people of color, and people with disabilities.

Students beginning the Ph.D. program are admitted to “advanced graduate study.”

Formal admission to “doctoral study” occurs after the equivalent of one or two semesters of full time study in the program based on performance during advanced graduate study, completion of any master’s level deficiencies, a written plan for doctoral study, writing sample, and recommendations from three faculty members.

Admission to “doctoral candidacy” occurs after satisfactory completion of all required coursework and  all four parts of the Ph.D. preliminary examination. Upon admission to doctoral candidacy, the student is eligible to submit a formal proposal for the dissertation.

Special Education

Complete Application Information

Graduate Program Application Deadlines

December 1  M.S. - General Master's Track
Once a year admission for the following summer/fall

January 15 M.S. - Teacher Certification and Teacher Certification-EPIC
Once a year admission for the following summer/fall
December 1 Ph.D. Program
Once a year admission for the following fall

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