Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in School Psychology
Who This Program Is For
Individuals in any of the following three categories are encouraged to apply:
- The applicant holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, or a closely related field; and has a strong record of academic performance and relevant work. Applicants in this category would seek admission as an M.A./CAGS/PsyD student. [If offered admission to the M.A./CAGS program but not the PsyD program, the matriculated student with a strong record could subsequently apply to the School Psychology PsyD program, as described in #3 below.]
- A matriculated student in the MSPP School Psychology M.A./CAGS Program applies to the PsyD in School Psychology program after receiving the M.A. in Professional Psychology.
- The applicant holds a specialist level (e.g., Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, or CAGS) degree in school psychology and seeks admission to the PsyD program as an advanced standing student. The candidate completes an individualized program that consists of all coursework and other requirements for the MSPP MA/CAGS/PsyD program not previously credited.
It should be noted that an individual who earns the CAGS degree in school psychology from MSPP will qualify for licensure as a school psychologist in Massachusetts and in other states in the U.S.
The PsyD degree affords the graduate additional value as it (1) provides more advanced training, (2) offers the opportunity to develop areas of specialized expertise, (3) increases the capacity to supervise other professionals, (4) expands opportunities to teach in higher education and conduct research, and (5) may qualify an individual to practice independently as a psychologist.