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FAQs

Do I have to have a background in psychology in to apply to the program?

No. While most students in the program have backgrounds in psychology or education, a specific background in psychology is not required.

What are you looking for in an applicant?

Basically we look for applicants who are committed to the field of school psychology with strong interests in education and who are a good match with the model of training that we offer.

How many applicants do you get a year?

Usually we receive over 100 applications to both programs a year. Generally we look to admit 8 to 10 new students each year.

What are the applicants average GRE scores?

Of the applicants that submit GRE scores, Verbal Reasoning averages around 550 and Quantitative Reasoning around 600. Analytical Writing is too new for us to report an average. Specific Subject Tests are not required.

Are scholarships and assistantships available?

Yes they are. Currently over 90% of our current student body is supported in some manner. Support includes a tuition waiver, a stipend, and health benefits. To play it safe, we generally recommend that new students plan to provide their own support the first year. However, it is usually the case that first-year students are funded.

Are in person interviews available?

Anywhere from 30 to 40 applicants a year are invited to campus for an interview with faculty and program students. On-campus interviews prior to the application review process can be scheduled at faculty/applicant convenience.

Can I transfer other graduate credit into the training program?

Graduate School policy allows for the transfer of 12 credits. Transfer of previous course work is at the discretion of the program. Courses similar to those required of our training program may be waived, however, it is usually the case that the student is required to make the credits up with other coursework in that specific area of domain. Each case is handled individually between a student and his/her advisor.

What opportunities for research are available for students?

The program is very involved in research and contributes to the school psychology literature base on a regular basis. Students are involved in the research process from the first year of training. Interests of the faculty are varied enough that students have the ability to be involved in a variety of topic areas and/or develop research interests on their own that are supported by faculty.

What kinds of jobs/careers do your graduates pursue?

Graduates of the M.Ed./CAGS program usually take jobs in the public schools. Ph.D. graduates have secured positions as faculty in university school psychology training programs, leadership positions at state and regional levels, psychology positions in the private sector, and school psychology positions in public schools.