Applicants first seek admission to the Master of Arts in Psychology degree program, representing the first, 2-year phase of the School Psychology Program. Admission to this initial phase is based on several factors (discussed in greater detail in the CSU Graduate Catalog):
- Demonstration of satisfactory grounding in the principles of Psychology, evidenced in an undergraduate Psychology major or minor, or successful performance on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Psychology Subject Area; or completion (with grade of "C" or better) of the following courses: Introduction to Psychology, Personality Theories, Learning Theories, Child Development, and Behavioral Science Statistics.
- Satisfactory performance in undergraduate studies including an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (3.0 and above preferred);
- Satisfactory GRE Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical scores (average of successful candidates: 500 - 550);
- Recommendations provided in writing by at least two persons familiar with the candidate's academic performance and potential for career success;
- A commitment to provide school psychological services in Ohio for at least one year following completion of the program;
- A written personal statement describing relevant experiences and professional goals (instructions provided on Student Information Form); and
- A satisfactory interview, conducted upon invitation by the School Psychology Program Committee, in which the candidate demonstrates a working knowledge of the profession, commitment to a professional career in School Psychology, potential for meaningful contributions to the profession and the welfare of children and families, valuing of diversity, and effective interpersonal skills.
Note that the program requires a 3-year commitment to full-time study. Students who already hold a graduate degree in a related area are welcome to apply for admission, but they must complete the CSU program curriculum in its entirety. Transfer of relevant credit hours from NASP-approved programs will be considered by the School Psychology Program Committee.
The deadline for receipt of applications is January 10th of each year.