School Psychology Admissions (MEd/EdS)

Please note: If you have only a bachelor's degree, please indicate on the application form that you're applying to the MEd program although you'll complete MEd & EdS (66 credits) to get licensed. If you have a completed a relevant master's degree (special education, etc.) please note that you are applying to the EdS program only (minimum 30 credits). Thank you.  

Applying to the School Psychology Programs

The School Psychology programs consider applications for the Fall semester only. Please see the general statement of admission requirements for all graduate studies programs in the “Admissions” section of the UMass Boston Graduate Studies Catalog (see here) and description of admission requirements listed under “Professional Preparation Programs for Education” in the “Regulations, Procedures, and Degree Requirements” section of the same publication.

The University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action. No student, employee, or applicant will be denied admission, employment, or access to programs and activities because of race, sex, religion, age, color, national origin, handicap/disability status, or sexual orientation/preference. The University policy is in concert with state and federal nondiscrimination laws. Inquiries concerning the University's administration of the nondiscrimination laws should be addressed to the University Director of Affirmative Action.

Review of school psychology program applications for the fall semester begins January 2nd. There is no admission to the spring or summer semester. Since every year far more candidates apply than can be admitted, admission is quite competitive. The School Psychology Admissions Committee reviews all applications and recommends admission for those applicants who present evidence of their potential both to achieve graduate work with distinction and to become committed and effective school psychologists. The process is as follows:

1. The candidate ensures that a completed application is submitted by January 2nd. This includes:

2. In March, selected candidates are invited for interviews with the Graduate Admissions Committee, scheduled by the Department of Counseling and School Psychology. The interview takes about two hours and is composed of a group interview, an individual interview, a writing session, and an opportunity to meet with current students.

3. After a successful interview, selected applicants will be asked to sign, and to have employers sign when relevant, the “Employer Agreement Form”. This indicates that the applicant and employer both agree to release from the applicants current job for field work one day per week during the Practicum and full time during the internship.

4. Applicants to the EdS program, who already have a master's or higher degree in a related field, are eligible for waivers of requirements for comparable courses already completed at the graduate level. Their individual plan of study will be tentatively determined at the interview and formally determined after matriculation, following a review of course descriptions and syllabi.

5. Accepted applicants will be informed of that decision by both email and USPS mail by April 1. In agreement with other programs, accepted students are asked to confirm their program selection by April 15.

Do you have more questions? Please contact Dan Torres