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Application Information

The application deadline is February 15th. We accept a new cohort of students to begin in the fall of each year.

Program Requirements

Applicants must have at least an overall GPA of 3.0 and be psychology major or have earned at least 18 hours in psychology. Though not required, we suggest that applicants have courses in child and adolescent psychology, psychology of exceptional children, research design and statistics.

All application materials are submitted to the Graduate College.

A completed application includes:

  • Graduate School application (online or paper)
  • Official scores on the GRE general tests (Psychology test not required)
  • Two letters of reference; (one from major department; if applicant is not a psychology major then a letter of reference from a psychology faculty member is needed)
  • Approximately two-three pages Personal Statement explaining why you are interested in school psychology and your future plans (we do not require a separate writing sample).

Once complete, the Graduate College forwards the application package to the School Psychology Admissions Committee that is comprised of the four program faculty. Each member independently rates each applicant on five dimensions; GPA, GRE, experience, personal statement and letters of recommendation and make a recommendation regarding acceptance. Ratings are aggregated and applicants are ranked. Acceptance is then offered to applicants that received 4 positive recommendations in rank order until a cohort of approximately 8-10 students has been achieved. A typical cohort of students will have an average overall GPA of 3.5 and a Combined (Verbal and Quantitative) GRE of 1050.

Every March, the School Psychology Program holds an Open House for applicants. We strongly encourage embrace this opportunity to meet the faculty and current students and visit our beautiful campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains before deciding whether or not to attend our program.

Virginia Department of Education credentials individuals to provide school psychological services in VA schools. State license may be denied for individuals convicted of any felony or any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or conduct with a direct and detrimental effect on the health, welfare, discipline or morale of students. In addition, many school districts in our area require that students submit to and pass a drug/alcohol screening and criminal background check.