Master of Science in School Psychology

 

Admission Requirements

  • An applicant must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in psychology, education or a related field with a "B" average or better prior to matriculation.
  • It is expected that students enter the school psychology program with adequate academic preparation to undertake graduate studies, and a knowledge base that is equivalent to an undergraduate major in psychology. Students entering the program must have:
    • 6 credits of English
    • 6 credits of Math
    • 15 credits of psychology or relevant electives (such as techniques of teaching)
  • At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, students may be required to take additional prerequisite courses that would enhance their preparation for the graduate program.
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Application Process

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) participates in PsyCAS, the centralized application service for graduate study in psychology.

Beginning in September, prospective graduate and doctoral students in psychology may submit their application through a secure Web server, PsyCAS. Be advised that your full PsyCAS application must be e-submitted, completed and verified to be considered for admission to PCOM.  Note that official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

PSYCAS

P.O. Box 9138

Watertown, MA 02471

 Letters of Recommendation can be sent through the evaluator portal on PsyCAS or directly to PCOM Admissions in .pdf format to recommend@pcom.edu

 Instructions on how to use PsyCAS can be found here.

Once your application has been downloaded from PsyCAS, you will be contacted via email with a confirmation of its receipt including reminders of the appropriate steps to complete the application process.  Note that there is no institutional application fee to PCOM.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Three letters of recommendation (if not already submitted through PsyCAS)
  • A general autobiographical statement explaining you interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less) sent via email to admissions@pcom.edu.  
  • Official Scores from GRE or Miller's Analogies Test (PCOM institutional code for GRE – 2662)
    • This requirement may be waived for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.

The MS program utilizes a rolling admissions policy, so applications will be considered throughout the year as they are received. Students will be accepted into the program until the desired class size is achieved, therefore it is recommended for candidates to submit applications early. Classes begin in the summer term (early June).

The Admissions Committee screens applications, invites some applicants for an interview, evaluates the applicants and selects the new students. Following completion of the admissions process, each applicant is notified of the Admissions Committee's decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.

As an applicant to PCOM's School Psychology program, you are responsible for ensuring that all admissions materials are completed accurately and submitted in a timely manner.

In effort to foster the safety and well-being of the entire campus community, as well as to ensure that students accepted to PCOM will be permitted to perform clerkships/internships required to successfully complete their degree requirements, PCOM requires all first year students to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. All students must have their criminal background checks processed through a PCOM vendor of choice. The Admissions Office will send notification of the process after confirmation of enrollment and must have this information on file prior to orientation; students will not be allowed to start classes without this information.

Prior to enrollment, all candidates are required to complete the College's Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation.

For more information on the PCOM articulation agreement with Penn State-Abington, click here.

Should you have any questions, please contact us via email at admissions@pcom.edu.

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