Master of Science in Psychology: Concentration in School Psychology

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Program Coordinator: Diane Harris

This M.S. in Psychology, concentration in School Psychology leads to the Pupil Personnel Services Credential with authorization in School Psychology. Designed primarily for full-time SF State students, an M.S. is earned after successful completion of the fourth semester and the Pupil Personnel Services Credential with an authorization in School Psychology is awarded after successful completion of the sixth semester in the program.

Graduate Programs in Psychology

Application to a graduate program is a two part process.

  • Part One is the University application submitted to the Division of Graduate Studies.
  • Part Two is the program application that must be submitted to the Psychology Department.

Part One and Part Two of the graduate admission application must be submitted by the deadline to be considered for admission. The department accepts applications for the fall semester only, with a deadline of February 1st. The clinical and school psychology programs generally require an interview, during the admissions process.

Applicants to each psychology graduate program are required to submit the results of the Graduate Record Examination -- verbal, quantitative, and writing sections. Applicants should check the current application of the program they are applying to for the other requirements.

Students who intend to work toward the M.A. or the M.S. in Psychology must meet the prerequisites outlined at the beginning of each concentration.

Undergraduate deficiencies are to be rectified, as the graduate advisor deems fit, without being included as part of the program for a master's degree.

In order to advance to candidacy, graduate students must meet all the general requirements for the specific program in which they are involved.


Acceptance into the M.S. program is based upon evidence of psychological experience with children and families in institutions such as schools and service-oriented settings. Academic preparation is demonstrated by the capacity to make use of graduate-level academic work and professional training. These qualifications may be assessed by record of previous academic accomplishments in psychology or other related fields that emphasize an understanding of children and their families and include clinical work experience. Students entering the program should have completed courses in statistics and research, clinical, developmental, abnormal psychology, learning, personality, and cross-cultural psychology.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One

Score of 4.0 or better on the GRE Analytical Writing Test

Level Two

Satisfactory completion of the Comprehensive Written Examination (PSY 896 and PSY 896EXM [0 units]) or PSY 898 Master’s Thesis.

Psychology (M.S.): Concentration in School Psychology — Minimum 57 units

PSY 721Clinical Methods: Assessment of Intelligence and Perceptual-Motor Functioning3
PSY 722Clinical Methods: Personality Appraisal and Projective Techniques3
PSY 770Research Methods and Techniques3
PSY 728Conference to Accompany Psychology Practicum3-6
PSY 729Psychology Practicum3-6
PSY 753Seminar in Therapeutic and Developmental Change I3
PSY 754Seminar in Therapeutic and Developmental Change II3
PSY 829Advanced Psychology Practicum3-6
PSY 855Seminar in Professional School Psychology3
COUN 719Behavior Management3
COUN 827The Consultation Process3
SPED 763Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities3
SPED 772Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction3
SPED 788Law, Ethics, and Instructional Planning3
SPED 801Development, Diversity, and English Language Learners: Special Education3
PSY 896
Directed Reading
and Culminating Experience Examination (0 units)
or PSY 898 Master's Thesis