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Financial Assistance

Students in the Ph.D. and Ed.S. programs in school psychology receive financial assistance through departmental assistantships and school-based assistantships. We have typically been able to fund 4-6 students through teaching or research assistantships in the department. All teaching assistantships require a masters degree. We have also funded 10-12 graduate students per year through grants with local school districts. Students in these assistantships perform school psychological services under the direct supervision of program faculty. Given the applied nature of these assistantships, students must be in their second year in the program to qualify for the school-based assistantships.

Both the departmental and school-based assistantships are competitive and students must complete an application if they are interested in either of these positions. Some students have also obtained assistantships outside of the department in other areas including the Dean's Office, Student Support Services, Department of Human Sciences, Child Development and Family Studies Center, Office of Graduate School, and Social Sciences Research Center.

Assistantships range between $17,000 and $20,000 and include a tuition waiver (both in-state and out-of-state tuition) and a monthly stipend ranging from $933.00 to $1200.00 depending on the placement.

Students must be enrolled full-time (i.e., 9 graduate hours) and complete 20 hours per week for each assistantship. For more information regarding university assistantships, please go to the Office of Graduate Studies website at:
In addition to assistantships, students typically apply for financial aid to assist them in meeting the financial demands of graduate school. In order to obtain more information about financial aid, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website at

For the most current information regarding tuition and fees, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website at or the Account Services website at


What is considered for the admission decision?

Admission decisions are based on a comprehensive review of the following items for each applicant: GRE scores, GPA, letter of intent for graduate student in school psychology, letters of recommendation, and interviews. More information can be found on the Applicant Rating Form.

When is the admission deadline for the MSU School Psychology Program?

January 15th, yearly. We begin accepting applications in October for the admission in the following fall semester.

How long will it take to complete my degree?

From a bachelor’s degree: EdS = 4 years, PhD = 5 years. Deviations will be based upon review of transcripts. More information can be found in the School Psychology Student Handbook.

Is it possible to enter the Ph.D. program directly after completing an undergraduate degree?


What if I enroll in the Ed.S. program and later want to transfer to the Ph.D. program?

This is a possibility. Contact School Psychology Program Coordinator, Dr. Tawny McCleon, if you would like to discuss your options before applying to the program.

What is the difference between the Ph.D. and Ed.S. programs?

Generally the programs are very similar for the first 2 years of study. Following that time, students often differ in research interests and focus areas for doctoral students. Coursework differences are listed in the Student Handbook.

What are the mission and goals of the MSU School Psychology Program?


The science and practice of school psychology are carefully integrated into our graduate programs at the masters, educational specialist, and doctoral levels. While the program is designed to train entry-level school psychology practitioners, the program stresses the importance of contributing to the field by engaging in scientific behaviors. Thus, the program adheres to the scientist-practitioner model where faculty and students are expected to be:

  1. consumers of empirically-based practice,
  2. evaluators of their own empirically-based practice, and
  3. producers of research that contributes to the field of school psychology.

In addition to adhering to the scientist-practitioner model, the faculty in the program also place an emphasis on training school psychologists who practice from a behavioral paradigm providing empirically-based school psychological services to a diverse population of individuals including children, families, school personnel, and other related professionals.


Goals and Objectives:

Every School Psychology student is expected to meet the program common core and emphasis area knowledge and skill requirements. Opportunities for students to meet these requirements will occur in the classroom and during practica and internship.

The School Psychology faculty work to ensure that you will have curricular experiences, which will enable you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and skills across four domains:

  1. Professional School Psychology,
  2. Research and Statistics,
  3. Psychological Foundations, and at the doctoral level,
  4. Focus Area.

Each of these domains contains specific goals of the faculty in the School Psychology Programs. Please note that these goals are closely aligned with the Conceptual Framework Program Outcomes (CFPO’s) of the College of Education and with the Standards for Training and Field Placement Programs in School Psychology.


May I enter the program at different times during the year?

No, the MSU School Psychology program only accepts application through January 15th of each year for program entrance to begin in the following Fall semester.

If I have previous graduate coursework, can I apply the hours toward my degree?

All graduate coursework will be evaluated on an individual basis by the program faculty. Often coursework is accepted and applied where relevant to the course of study of the individual.

Is there an add-on endorsement for school psychometry or psychology offered through the MSU School Psychology Program?