Program Description

CMU's school psychology program prepares school psychologist to apply expertise in mental health, learning and behavior to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. This three year, full-time program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and students will earn both the Master of Arts degree in psychology and the Specialist's degree in psychological services. This program meets the State of Michigan's school psychologist certification requirements and NASP's national certification training requirements. 

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

This program offers various opportunities for fellowships, 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 specialist 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.

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. 

Apply online at

Graduation Requirements

This is a 3-year, full-time, 70-hour graduate program. Students are required to complete a thesis. A full-time internship is required during the third year of the program.


The Specialist Program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.

For More Information

Michael Hixson, Ph.D.
Director of School Psychology Program
224 Sloan Hall