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School Psychology - M.S.

In response to the growing need for school psychologists to ensure the mental health and safety of our children, there has been an increasing demand for qualified psychologists to serve in schools and other academic institutions.

Named one of the Best Careers in 2009 by U.S. News World and Report and forecasted to grow by 11% through 2018 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of school psychology is flourishing – especially for those who hold graduate degrees.

You can prepare for this thriving field through the Master of Science in School Psychology Program at St. John’s University. Offered by St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the program educates students to become New York state certified school psychologists. 

The School Psychology Psy.D. Program is also fully approved through December 2019 by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

The priority deadline for admission to the M.S. School Psychology is March 15. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Program Description
Completion of the 66-credit Master of Science program in School Psychology qualifies students for a provisional New York State certificate that authorizes practice as a school psychologist. This certificate is valid for five years from the date it is issued. After two years of experience, a school psychologist receives a permanent certificate in the field of pupil personnel services.

The program offers two tracks:

Graduation Requirements
The program requires the satisfactory completion of 66 credits, a comprehensive examination and the PRAXIS II examination, taken in the spring semester of the third year. Students also need a grade of at least a "B" in Psy 761 or 761B, 762 or 762B, 752 or 752B and 753.

Financial Aid  
Graduate Assistantships are available for qualified incoming students with strong academic records. 

For more information about the Master of Science in School Psychology at St. John’s, please contact:

Marlene Sotelo-Dynega, Psy.D., Director
Marillac Hall, Room 409-E
[email protected]

Graduate Admission Information
Office of Graduate Admission
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