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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a school psychologist?

 For a detailed explanation, visit the National Association of School Psychologists page, "Who are school psychologists?"

Can I take School Psychology courses before I am accepted?

No. Only those individuals who have been accepted can take courses.

Do I have to take the GRE?

Yes. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be taken and results received by the Graduate College before your application is considered complete. Please allow time for the Graduate College to receive your scores and process and deliver your file to the School Psychology Program prior to the deadline. The GRE is waived with an earned master’s degree or doctorate from an accredited university.

What if my GRE score is under the preferred score?

If your score is substantially below the preferred score, we highly recommend you retake the exam before applying. However, if you choose to apply with a score of below the preferred score, your application packet will be reviewed and considered in its entirety.


What if my GPA is below a 3.0?

Your application will still be considered if your GPA falls below 3.0.  The admissions committee considers all components of the application and does not deny admission based on a single criterion.

Can I transfer in courses I have taken elsewhere?

Perhaps.  If you want to transfer in a course to replace a required course, we must be able to verify that it is equivalent to the course for which you want it to substitute. For us to review it appropriately, the Graduate Advisor will need a copy of the syllabus of the course you have taken elsewhere. Program faculty will review it to check for equivalency. Also, please be aware that any courses that were used as credit toward a degree that you have already earned cannot be used toward another degree.

Please note: The School Psychology Program Graduate Advisor must approve any request to transfer in hours. The Graduate Advisor then makes a recommendation to the Graduate College for the applicant/student.

May I submit my application after the deadline?

If you are submitting an application after the deadline, please apply for following application cycle.  For example, if you miss the October 15 deadline for Spring entry, please apply for the Fall entry (application due by February 15).

How long does it take to get through the program?

Students enrolled full-time complete their coursework in two calendar years and then complete a one-year internship.  Deviations from the full-time course sequence may results in significant delays.

What time are classes offered?

In the fall and spring semesters, classes generally are offered at 3:30-6:15 and 6:30-9:15. In the summer, classes generally are offered from 9:00-11:40 and 12:00-2:40. Some fall and spring semester courses are offered in the mornings, and students are placed in practicum placements (starting in the second semester) during the day. 

Are there graduate assistantships (research, teaching assistantships) available?

Yes. The Department of CLAS positions are available during the spring semester (around March 1st) for the following academic year. Contact the CLAS department at 512-245-3083 for application information. Some School Psychology students also find assistantships in other departments across campus.

What about scholarships, loans and grants?

This information is not available with the School Psychology Program/CLAS Department but through the College of Education and Graduate College. Please check the Scholarships and Financial Aid Office for information regarding student scholarships.

The College of Education has its own scholarship page.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) offers a Minority Scholarship.

If I’m an international student, what is required?

Unless an international student has earned a degree from an accredited United States university, the Graduate College requires a passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in addition to the GRE.

When are admissions decisions made?

 The admissions committee tries to review applications and make decisions soon after the application deadlines (February 15th and October 15th) and generally sends out letters 4-6 weeks after the deadlines. Admitted students may wait until April 15th to accept an offer for Fall, and until November 15th for Spring.