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Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the University of Oregon School Psychology program. Our nationally-recognized graduate programs provide outstanding opportunities for students who are interested in receiving state-of-the-art training in School Psychology. This scientist-practitioner program operates within a cutting-edge environment that fosters innovation, collegiality, and close mentoring by world-class faculty. If you are interested in a behaviorally-oriented training program that focuses on evidence-based practices for prevention and intervention of learning and behavioral problems, this program is for you!

Our program operates on a quarter rather than traditional semester schedule, with 3 quarters per academic year, plus a summer session. We offer a 159 credit hour Ph.D. degree, and a 90 credit hour M.S. degree. The doctoral program typically takes 6 years to complete, including a 1-year internship experience. Students admitted into the doctoral program who have previously earned a specialist or master’s degree in school psychology may be able to complete the program in 3 years. The master's program typically takes 3 years of full-time study to complete, including a 1-year internship experience. In addition to the Ph.D. and M.S. programs, we offer on a limited basis a licensure-only program designed for practitioners who already have a master’s degree. To view our specific program requirements and offerings, please go to the links under the "Program Requirements" heading on the Current Students page.

Our doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.1  The doctoral program also has program approval from the National Association of School Psychologists.2  Both our doctoral program and master's program are approved by the Oregon Teachers Standards and Practices Commission. The master’s program is accredited by the Oregon Teachers Standards and Practices Commission3 for the educational licensure of school psychologists in the State of Oregon.

1Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; 202/336-5979;
2National Association of School Psychologists, 4340 East-West Highway, Suite 402, Bethesda, MD, 20814; 301/657-0270;
3Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission , 465 Commercial Street NE, Salem, OR 97301; 503/378-3586;

Approximately 30 students are currently enrolled in the program, with about two-thirds enrolled in the doctoral program. Our students typically enter with backgrounds in psychology, education, and/or special education. They represent diverse areas of the United States, several other nations, and vary in age, ethnic and cultural background, and prior experiences.

Approximately 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend the University of Oregon, which has over 1,400 teaching and research faculty. The University is located in Eugene, the hub of a metropolitan area with a population of approximately 350,000. Nestled at the southern end of the beautiful Willamette Valley about 100 miles south of Portland, the University is only a one-hour drive to the Pacific Ocean and less than an hour's drive to the Cascade Mountains. The temperate climate and unparalleled geographic diversity and beauty of this area provide for a wonderful outdoor-oriented environment in which to live and work.  In addition to the beautiful physical location of the University of Oregon and the tremendous outdoor recreation possibilities, the University and surrounding community provide outstanding cultural opportunities, including the Oregon Bach Festival, the Oregon Festival of American Music, the Oregon Country Fair, Eugene’s Saturday Market, and NCAA Division-I-A athletic teams. In addition, Eugene is a popular stop for wide range of national touring performing artists, with a wide range of venues.

The School Psychology Program is housed within the Special Education and Clinical Sciences Department of the College of Education. Our students take coursework from faculty across the College’s programs and from other departments outside the College (e.g., Psychology). In addition, the College of Education houses several research centers that provide opportunities for faculty and students.  Some of the centers where our students and faculty are involved include Educational and Community Supports, the Institute on Violent and Destructive Behavior, Center on Teaching and Learning, and the Institute for Development of Educational Achievement.

The 2017 "Best Graduate Schools" edition of U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Oregon's College of Education as the 12th best graduate college of education in the nation, the 3rd highest ranked college of education at a public university, and the first overall for faculty productivity per faculty member in funded research.

Coursework Domains

Our students take coursework within several general domains, including:
• Psychological and Educational Foundations
• Measurement and Assessment
• Statistics and Research
• Methods of School-Based Intervention
• Professional School Psychology
• Practicum and Internship Experiences

A complete list of current coursework requirements for both the doctoral and master’s programs is found in our Graduate Student Handbook. A PDF version of the most recent Handbook can be accessed from the homepage or in the Current Students area of this website.

Research Opportunities

Students who attend the University of Oregon find themselves in one of the top applied educational research centers in the world. The nationally-recognized faculty in the School Psychology program and in other graduate programs in the College of Education direct projects that are on the cutting edge of applied research in education. These projects encapsulate a wide range of innovative activities designed to promote development and educational success in children, adolescents, and their families. Program faculty maintain active research programs in functional behavior assessment, assessment of early literacy growth, positive behavioral supports, development and intervention of antisocial behavior, early intervention in children with autism and other developmental disabilities, and fostering school-family partnerships.

The special opportunities provided by one of the nation’s top research Colleges of Education are enhanced further by collaboration with other nationally recognized research centers in the community. The Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) is a private research and service center that provides research and intervention opportunities with a wide range of children and families, from understanding the normal development of children to treating youth with severe conduct disorders. The Oregon Research Institute (ORI) has been conducting human services research for 40 years and has more than 35 active research projects, ranging from studies of smoking prevention and cessation to community-based interventions to promote positive child and adolescent development. The Pacific Institutes for Research is a private research center actively conducting educational research in areas of literacy, bilingual education, and instructional interventions. The Dynamic Measurement Group, founded by the creators of the Dynamic Indicators of Beginning Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS), is closely associated with the school psychology program, and includes on its staff several participating faculty in our program. The UO School Psychology Program has historical partnerships and opportunities for collaboration with each of these four research centers.

Valuing Diversity

We value the diversity of backgrounds and characteristics that our students bring to the training program, and we actively seek to maintain and increase this diversity. American public schools reflect the rapidly increasing cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity of our nation, and we believe that it is essential for school psychologists to be prepared to be effective with students from a diversity of backgrounds. We are interested in recruiting students from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds to our program.
There are opportunities for our students to work in public schools and on research projects where Spanish language competency and interest in working with Latino children and their families is of particular importance. The Hispanic/Latino population is the most rapidly growing ethnic minority group in the state of Oregon and the surrounding region. Thus, we can provide specially-targeted training opportunities for students who have Spanish language skills, and knowledge and interest regarding Latino cultural issues.
The following is a list of resources and contacts related to diversity on the UO campus and in the Eugene-Springfield community that may be useful to prospective students:

College of Education Student Diversity Affairs Committee (SDAC)

UO Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence
Phone: (541) 346-3479

UO Center on Diversity & Community

Admission Information

Applications are submitted online and must be completed and submitted prior to December 15th  to be considered for admission the following fall term.  Faculty will review completed applications shortly after the December 15th deadline. Applicants are evaluated on: (1) academic record, (2) letters of recommendation, (3) previous related work or experiences, (4) the applicant's written statement of purpose, (5) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores.

Mean Undergraduate GPA of students admitted to UO's SPSY Program:  3.59
Mean GRE Score (Verbal + Quantitative) of students admitted to UO's SPSY Program:  304.5

After the initial file screening, finalists will be selected and invited for on-campus interviews on January 24 & 25, 2019. Offers of admission will be made following the on-campus interview process. We typically receive approximately 70-100 applications annually, and 10-12 applicants typically are offered admission. Of those applicants who are offered admission, 8-10 new students typically enter the program each year. More than 90% of first-year students typically return for the remaining years.
Click HERE  for more information about applying to the UO School Psychology Program and to download the required program application form.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for several sources of possible funding, including (a) any available training grants, (b) a small number of graduate teaching and research fellowships, and (c) a limited number of scholarships and research awards. Graduate Fellowships provide a modest salary (ranging from approximately $6,000-$13,000 per academic year, depending on the level of FTE), and all instructional fees (tuition charges), not including student fees. Some travel funds and special scholarships are available for recruiting students from ethnic minority groups. Additional information on University scholarship and loan programs is available through the Office of Student Financial Aid, 1278 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1278. The website for this office is located at Deadlines for University financial aid applications are usually prior to February 1.

Tuition Information

The following tuition and basic fee rates have been set by the UO for the 2012-2013 academic year: Resident/in-state – $5,863 per quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring) for 9-16 credit hours, or $17,589 for the academic year; Non-Resident/out-of-state – $7,969 per quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring) for 9-16 credit hours, or $23,907 for the academic year. Click here  for a link to the UO Registration website for detailed tuition and fee structure information.

Housing Information

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