M.A. in School Psychology

About the Program

Completion of the Master of Arts in School Psychology provides a background in the theories, major knowledge, and methodological procedures in psychology. This program (or its equivalent) is required for admission into the Educational Specialist (Ed. S.) program. The M.A. and Ed. S. in School Psychology combine to meet the requirements for NJ Department of Education certification in School Psychology.

The School Psychology program is divided into two programs, the Masters of Arts in School Psychology, and the Educational Specialist Degree, each having distinct admissions criteria. Admission to the M.A. program does not guarantee admission to the Ed. S. program.  Click here for information on the Ed. S. Educational Specialist program.


Program Code: MA-SCHPSYCH / Major Code: G822

The Master's Program has a residency requirement of 15 semester hours of credit within a one year time span at any point during the program. The student must register for a minimum of 15 semester hours within any three consecutive semesters, including the summer session.

  • Total semester hours required for program completion: 34 s.h.
  • Thesis Requirement: Yes

Coursework (Program Semester Hours: 34)
The courses listed here are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the CGCE section tally.

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
Required Courses (31 s.h.)
SPED 08555 Educational Psychology of the Exceptional Learner 3
LDTC 18520 Neurological Bases of Educational Disorders 3
COUN 26526 Individual Counseling Procedures 3
COUN 26509 Group Counseling in Educational Settings 3
PSY 09560 Lifespan Development 3
PSY 22507 Development and Learning 3
PSY 03624 Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence 3
PSY 01570 Research Methodology and Statistics in Counseling Psych 3
PSY 22600
SCPY 22600
Seminar I: App Res in School Psychology

Applied Research Seminar I: School Psychology

PSY 22601
SCPY 22601
Seminar II: App Res in School Psychology

Applied Research Seminar II: School Psychology

EDST 24561 Applied Research Statistics Lab 1
Restricted Elective Course (3 s.h.)
PSY 05610 Social and Cultural Diversity 3

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for this program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the CGCE Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • CGCE Graduate Application Form (Download the PDF or click here to apply online)
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
    • Describe how you might use this program to advance your career. Educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant.
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate Psychology courses
  • Submission of official GRE test results
  • Interview (Students will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee regarding the interview. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)
  • Eligible applicants are expected to have completed at least 12 credits of undergraduate-level Psychology courses at an accredited institution, including one course in Abnormal Psychology, one course in Child or Adolescent Psychology, and 6 semester hours of Psychology electives as approved by the Admissions Committee.

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

Below is a list of anticipated start dates. The start dates indicated are based on the university calendar or the CGCE schedule. Your actual first day of class will depend on the course sequence which will be provided by a CGCE Enrollment Advisor once you have matriculated in the program.

Entry Term & Module Start Date(s) Application Deadline(s)
Spring 2015 01/20/2015 12/01/2014
Summer 2015 05/26/2015 02/15/2015
Fall 2015 09/01/2015 06/01/2015

Tuition & Costs

$648 tuition + $144.90 in fees = $792.90 per semester hour
(this rate applies to academic year 2014/2015 and is subject to change)

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