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  • Master of Science and Specialist in School Psychology
  • Graduate Studies

  • Master of Science (MS) and Specialist Degree (PsyS) in School Psychology

    School Psychology Program Website  

    School psychologists are an integral part of the support team available in America's schools. School Psychologists use their knowledge of psychology and education to help students of all ages succeed academically and socially. Through their skills in consultation, assessment, intervention, and program evaluation, school psychologists work closely with teachers, administrations, parents, and community agencies to identify and treat student's problems.  

    Benefits of the School Psychology Program

    -Students earn both a Master of Science (MS) and a Psychology Specialist Degree (PsyS)

    -Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for certification in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, as well as other states

    -Graduates are also eligible for certification through the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) System

    -The job market is excellent for school psychologists in most parts of the country

    -MSUM's placement rate has been 100 percent

    Field Experiences: Practica and Internship

    Starting with the first semester of classes, field-based practica in both first and second years of study provide school-based experience.  Practica are supervised by local educators and school psychologists and are coordinated with on-campus course work so students can immediately apply concepts and techniques learned in class.

    A 1200 hours internship during the third year of study serves as the capstone experience for students' training.  Internships are usually paid positions within school districts or special education cooperatives in the tri-state area, although placements in other states are possible, as well.


    MSUM's School Psychology Program meets training standards established by the National Association of School Psychologists and has been NASP/NCATE approved for over 25 years.  MSU Moorhead was one of the first programs in the country to receive NASP/NCATE approval. 

    Application Requirements for Master's Degree

    The items listed are required for admission to this program. Send all materials to:

    Graduate Studies Office
    MSU Moorhead
    1104 7th Ave. S.
    Moorhead, MN 56563

    Application Priority Deadlines: February 15  

    Program Coordinator: Olivia Melroe, EdD
    Bridges 360l, (218) 477-4083


    Application Priority Deadline:

    Fall: February 15

    1. Baccalareate degree from an accredited institution. No specific undergraduate major required, however, preparation must include a minimum of 12 semester credits in Psychology, including Developmental Psychology and Statistics.
    2. Grade point average of 3.0 or at least 3.25 grade point average for the last 30 semester credits of graded course work.
    3. Completed "Application for Admission to Graduate Study" form.
    4. Non-refundable $20.00 fee to Graduate Studies for first-time applicants to MSUM.
    5. Official transcripts form ALL colleges and universities attended.
    6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  Only official scores are accepted; no more than five years old.
    7. Letter of interests and goals.
    8. Three letters of recommendation. At least one letter should be from someone who can speak to the candidate's academic skills (use MSUM School Psychology Reference Form). A minimum of two letters from academic sources (including someone from the candidate's major) is highly recommended.
    9. A personal or telephone interview is recommended. Interviews are to be done as part of the application process before the application deadline.

    Admission Requirements for Specialist Degree

    The items listed below are required for admission to this program; only complete files are reviewed. Send all materials to:
    Graduate Studies Office
    MSU Moorhead
    1104 7th Ave. S.
    Moorhead, MN 56563

    1. A completed "Application for Admission to Graduate Study" (submit to the Graduate Studies Office).
    2. M.S. in School Psychology from MSUM*
    3. A letter of interest and intent submitted to the Graduate Studies Office with a copy to the Coordinator of the School Psychology Program.

    For applicants who have completed MSUM's Master's degree in School Psychology, admission decisions will be made by the School Psychology Coordinating Committee (SPCC) and will be based on results of the most recent yearly review of student progress and progress since that review (See School Psychology Student Handbook).

    No student may be admitted prior to completion of the M.S. degree. MSUM students who begin taking Specialist degree classes prior to earning the M.S. degree are cautioned that no more than nine of the credits taken prior to admission to the Specialist degree may be counted toward that degree without prior approval by the SPCC.

    Course Requirements

    PSY 517 Child Psychopathology (3)
    PSY 601 Foundations of School Psychology (2)
    PSY 611 Children's Thinking (2)
    PSY 613 Biopsychology (2)
    PSY 620 Measurement Theory (3)
    PSY 621 Assessment/Intervention I: Basic Processes (4)
    PSY 622 Assessment/Intervention II: Special Populations (4)
    PSY 633 Statistics/Methods for School Psychologists (2)
    PSY 634 Methods of Evidence Based Practice (3)
    PSY 635 Research Seminar I (1)

    PSY 636 Research Seminar II (1-2)
    PSY 641 Practicum in School Psychology I (1)
    PSY 642 Practicum in School Psychology II (1)

    PSY 696 Project/Action Research (3)
    PSY 699 Thesis in Psychology (4)
    PSY 701 Issues in the Practice of School Psychology (2)
    PSY 723 Assessment/Intervention III: Early Childhood (3)
    PSY 724 Assessment/Intervention IV: Psychosocial Problems (4)
    PSY 728 Systems Intervention (2)
    PSY 744 Practicum in School Psychology III (1)
    PSY 760 Internship in School Psychology (3)
    PSY 796 Specialist Portfolio in School Psychology (2)
    CNSA 520 Basic Counseling Skills (3)
    ED 664 Theory and Process of Consultation (2)
    SPED 606 Research & Application in Behavior Analysis (3)
    SPED 620 Perspectives and Policies in Special Education (3)
    SPED Elective Course (3)

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Students who complete the Master of Science and Specialist in School Psychology will show evidence of knowledge and skills in:

    • Data-based decision-making and accountability
    • Consultation and collaboration
    • Effective instruction and development of cognitive skills
    • Socialization and development of life skills
    • Student diversity in development and learning
    • School and systems organization, policy development and climate
    • Prevention, crisis intervention, and mental health
    • Home/school/community collaboration
    • Research and program evaluation
    • School psychology practice and development
    • Information resources