M.A. in School Psychology

M.A. in School Psychology

M.A. in School Psychology

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.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE), not Rowan University, grants certifications based on requirements set by the state. While coursework for this program meets the academic requirements for NJ DOE certification, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all other certification requirements are met, including, but not limited to, appropriate type and level of license and years of experience. NJ DOE certification requirements are subject to change. Certification applications are evaluated, by NJ DOE, based on the most current state requirements. For current NJ DOE licensure information, click here.



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: 33 s.h.
  • Thesis Requirement: No


  • 12 Courses / 33 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: No
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 33 S.H.
SPED 08555 Education & Psychology of Exceptional Learners 3
LDTC 18520 Neurological Basis 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 Children and Adolescents 3
PSY 01570 Research Methodology and Statistics in Counseling Psychology 3
PSY 22600 Seminar I in Applied Research: School Psychology 3
SPSY 22600 Applied Research Seminar I: School Psychology 3
PSY 22601 Seminar II in Applied Research: School Psychology 3
SPSY 22601 Applied Research Seminar II: School Psychology 3
PSY 05610 Social and Cultural Diversity 3
COUN 26525 Multicultural Counseling 3
PSY 06533 Tests and Measurements 3

* Choose one: PSY 22600 OR SCPY 22600
* Choose one: PSY 22601 OR SCPY 22601
* Choose one: PSY 05610 OR COUN 26525
* Choose one: PSY 22507 OR PSY 09560


Admissions Requirements

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

  • $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

  • 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.
  • Two letters of recommendation

    • Letters of recommendation should be from professional administrators and include information, which attests to applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate Psychology courses

  • Interview (Students will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admissions Committee regarding the interview. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)

  • On-site writing sample (conducted during Interview)

  • 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

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.A. in School Psychology program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall September 1 July 1
Spring January 19 November 1
Summer May 18 April 1