The school psychology doctoral program prepares school psychologists to apply expertise in mental health, learning and behavior to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. This five year, full-time program is accredited by the
American Psychological Association and is approved by the
National Association of School Psychologists The program includes four years of intensive academic preparation and field experiences plus a one-year, full-time internship. Graduates of the program may work in a variety of settings, including private and public schools, early childhood settings, universities, private practice clinics and medical settings.
Research Opportunities and Assistantships
The program offers various opportunities for fellowships and teaching and research assistantships. In addition to the myriad of research opportunities graduate students are afforded, students are also given opportunities to teach classes and gain pedagogical experiences to help set them apart on the job market.
Admission to the school psychology program requires:
- a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited university;
- at least 15 hours of undergraduate psychology coursework;
- a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0;
- competitive scores on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE; and
- three strong letters of reference.
A background in scientific psychology and basic research methodology is highly encouraged.
The following additional items are required and may be sent to the Department of Psychology, Central Michigan University, Sloan 139, Mt Pleasant, MI 48859 or via email at
The deadline for all application materials is November 15. In addition to grades and GRE scores (subject portion not required), the admissions committee is attentive to letters of recommendation, personal statements and relevant professional experiences.
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This program of study typically includes four years of intensive academic preparation and field experience plus a one-year, full-time internship. Students entering with a BS/BA degree will be required to complete approximately 106 graduate credit hours. Those entering with a MA/MS degree in school psychology will be required to complete approximately 70 graduate hours. In addition, a doctoral dissertation and oral defense are required.
The Ph.D. program at Central Michigan University is accredited by the
American Psychological Association
and is approved by the
National Association of School Psychologists
For More Information
Michael Hixson, Ph.D.
Director of School Psychology Program
224 Sloan Hall