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  • Letters of reference (LOR) should be written by individuals who are in a position to speak to the applicant's academic qualities, ability to successfully complete a graduate-level training program, and personal qualities/traits. Therefore, an applicant's former university or college faculty members are considered to be ideal referents. If it is not feasible for an applicant to obtain LOR from former faculty members, LOR should be sought from employers or work supervisors who can speak to the applicant's work ethic, collegiality and personal qualities/traits. LOR from friends, family members, etc. are typically only able to address an applicants personal qualities/traits.

  • No. Our School Psychology Program uses a face-to-face model of training.

  • Yes. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) [general test only] 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.

  • No, but an applicant must have competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative sections.

  • The admissions committee considers all components of the application and does not deny admission based on a single criterion. Like the GRE, an applicant's GPA should be competitive.

  • 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: You may find additional information about transferring credit here:

  • If you are submitting an application after the Fall deadline, please apply for the following application cycle. 

  • 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 result in significant delays.

  • For a variety of reasons, class times vary from semester to semester and year to year. In the fall and spring semesters, common class times are 12:00-2:50, 3:30-6:15 and 6:30-9:15. Some fall and spring semesters, students are placed in clinic-based and school-based practicum placements during the day. Clinic-based practicum times generally run 9:00-12:00 and school placements are two days each week from 8:00-3:00. In the summer, classes generally are offered from 9:00-1:30. 

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

  • Yes. The Department of CLAS has Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) positions available, with applications for GRA positions due 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, such as in the PACE (Personalized Academic and Career Exploration) Mentoring and Academic Coaching program.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Abnormal Psychology (or equivalent course) 
    Developmental Psychology (or equivalent course, such as Lifespan Development)
    Statistics (or equivalent course)

  • The admissions committee tries to review applications and begin making decisions soon after the preferred application deadline (February 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 entrance.

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

  • Answers to this and other questions about school psychology can be found in the National Association of School Psychologists page, “A Career in School Psychology: Frequently Asked Questions.”