School Psychology Admissions (MEd/EdS)
Please note: If you have only a bachelor's degree please write on the application form that you're applying to the MEd/EdS program. If you have a completed a relevant master's degree (special education etc.) please note that you are applying to the EdS program only. If you have any questions or concerns please email Dan Torres. Thank you.
Applying to the School Psychology Programs
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 at 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 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:
- Completed application form (available here) with accompanying fee.
- A statement of purpose describing your understanding of school psychology practice and detailing personal career objectives. Please answer this question and not the one from the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Transcripts of all previous college work, undergraduate and graduate. Transcripts must be official (bear the college seal) and be from regionally accredited colleges or universities. Applicants must have completed at least a baccalaureate degree. Undergraduate and graduate cumulative grade point averages (GPA) should be at least 3.0 overall, and 3.0 in psychology courses as well.
- Prerequisite course work includes a minimum of five (5) psychology courses including introductory psychology, human development, and statistics.
- Three letters of recommendation. At least one letter should address academic promise and ability to succeed in advanced graduate training, and at least one letter should address the ability to work with children and adolescents and develop into a thoughtful and responsive practitioner.
- Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores at the 50%ile or above on those tests are expected. Candidates already possessing earned Master's, CAGS, Ed.S., or doctoral degrees are exempt from taking the GRE if such degrees are in social sciences or a related field.
- International applicants are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS). Applicants who have received at least 4 years of education (including an undergraduate program) in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), England, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, United States, or Wales are exempt from submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score report. All others are required to submit official score reports.
- Scores for the Communication & Literacy Skills (reading and writing) portions of the Massachusetts Educator Licensure Test (MTEL; see here). Students may be admitted provisionally without having taken the MTEL, but will be required to take the tests during the first semester of attendance and pass them prior to the internship.
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.