Frequently Asked Questions

Is USF's School Psychology program offered online?

No. This program is only offered face-to-face on USF's Tampa campus.

Do I need a master’s degree to apply?

No. Typically students in both the Ed.S. and Ph.D. program earn their Master’s degree after their first year in the program. Please note, a Master’s degree alone is not sufficient to practice as a school psychologist.

Can the program be completed part-time?

We currently only accept full time students. If a part time option is desired, please contact the coordinator of admissions, Dr. Nathaniel von der Embse.

How long does the program take to complete?

The program takes approximately three years for Ed.S. students and five years for Ph.D. students (inclusive of an internship year).

What time of day are classes offered? 

Most of the core school psychology courses will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. during the school week (Monday-Friday). Contributing courses (theory, statistics) typically take place in the evenings.

Does the program help students become a licensed school psychologist?

All graduates of the program, at either the Ed.S. or Ph.D. level, are eligible for state of Florida certification as a school psychologist. Learn more about the requirements for this certification on the Florida Department of Education's website

Is financial assistance available to students enrolled in this program? 

Currently, all students enrolled in USF's School Psychology Program who are in good standing receive financial support from the university. Financial assistance in our program typically includes a 20-hour graduate assistantship, health insurance, and a tuition waiver.

Does the program only admit for Fall term?

Yes, we typically accept between 10-14 students in the Fall cohort only. Visit the USF Graduate Studies website to learn more about application deadlines. 

What do I need for my application?

Please note that GRE scores and a writing sample are NOT required. Your application SHOULD include three letters of recommendation and a statement of goals that is approximately 2-3 pages, single-spaced, and indicate why you are interested in school psychology, why USF in particular, your research/practice interests, and a paragraph to describe the role of a school psychologist as a system change agent from a social justice lens. You will also be required to upload a copy of your undergraduate transcripts and a CV/resume.

Are there pre-requisites or undergraduate courses required for admission?

No, however having coursework in psychology, education, special education, research design, and basic statistics, as well as tests and measurements, is helpful.