PsyD in School Psychology program requirements
Program applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree in psychology or a related
field at a regionally accredited college or university, with a grade point average
of 3.0 or higher. The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants on a number of factors.
These include: a commitment to working with children and families, a commitment to
diversity, past academic performance, letters of recommendation, the content and writing
style of autobiographical essays, prior work history and volunteer experiences, research
activities and publications, presentations at workshops or conferences in psychology,
and personal and professional presentation in the interview. Intellectual ability,
academic potential, strong writing skills, emotional stability, maturity, integrity,
motivation and high ethical standards are necessary for successful program completion
and acceptance into the professional community.
PsyD in School Psychology course prerequisites
Applicants must have completed, prior to admission the following foundational coursework:
- 6 credits of English
- 6 credits of Math
- 15 additional credits of Psychology coursework
Transcripts will be carefully reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
A school psychology program candidate who currently holds a graduate degree in psychology
or a related field may be eligible to have up to 30 credits of graduate work transferred
towards the PsyD degree program. Eligibility for course transfer is as follows:
- Each course must have been taken in an APA-accredited or NASP-approved program within
a 7 year period.
- A grade of “B” or better is required for each course.
- A syllabus for each course must be submitted for Program Director review.
- At least 2 graded assignments (per course) must be submitted for Program Director
- An exam may be completed to demonstrate content knowledge.
It is the discretion of the program director as to which courses can be transferred
based on the above criteria.
What else do I need to apply to the School Psychology PsyD program?
Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions
only after the receipt of:
- Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate course work
- Three letters of recommendation
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- A general autobiographical statement explaining how PCOM’s School Psychology PsyD
program fits your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals
(in 500 words or less)
- Writing sample - preferably a graded literature review based paper in APA format