Program Description

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 Requirements

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.

Application Requirements

  • Apply online at apply.cmich.edu.
  • Please complete the online application and submit the required materials

The following additional items are required and should be sent to:
     Department of Psychology
     Central Michigan University
     Sloan 139, Mt Pleasant, MI  48859
     or via email to psyapps@cmich.edu 

The deadline for all application materials is December 1.

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.

Graduation Requirements

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.

Students 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. 

Accreditation

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
hixso1md@cmich.edu
(989) 774-3001

Please visit our program website.

This academic program is housed within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.