Note: The MS in School Psychology is offered as part of the School Psychology Educational Specialist (EdS) and School Psychology PhD programs. The MS degree is awarded after successfully completing coursework enroute to the Educational Specialist in School Psychology or PhD in School Psychology degrees. Applicants who are interested in pursuing the MS in School Psychology must apply to the School Psychology Educational Specialist or School Psychology PhD programs.

This master’s program is offered for work leading to the EdS in School Psychology or the PhD in School Psychology. Students may not apply directly for this master's, and should instead see the admissions information for the EdS or admission information for the PhD in School Psychology.

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Major Requirements

Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
Yes No No No No

Accelerated: Accelerated programs are offered at a fast pace that condenses the time to completion. Students are able to complete a program with minimal disruptions to careers and other commitments.

Evening/Weekend: ​Courses meet on the UW–Madison campus only in evenings and/or on weekends to accommodate typical business schedules.  Students have the advantages of face-to-face courses with the flexibility to keep work and other life commitments.

Face-to-Face: Courses typically meet during weekdays on the UW-Madison Campus.

Hybrid: These programs combine face-to-face and online learning formats.  Contact the program for more specific information.

Online: These programs are offered 100% online.  Some programs may require an on-campus orientation or residency experience, but the courses will be facilitated in an online format.

Curricular Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement 31 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 25 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement 31 credits

Details can be found in the Graduate School's policy: https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-1244
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements n/a
Assessments and Examinations No formal examinations are required.
Language Requirements No language requirements.

Required Courses

Fall I
ED PSYCH 540 Introduction to Professional School Psychology2
ED PSYCH 541 Applied Behavior Analysis in Classrooms3
ED PSYCH/​COUN PSY  723 Developmental Processes Across the Life Span3
or ED PSYCH/​HDFS  725 Theory and Issues in Human Development
ED PSYCH 742 Assessment and Intervention for Academic Skill Problems3
ED PSYCH 840 Clinical Practicum in School Psychology1
ED PSYCH 844 Childhood and Adolescent Psychopathology in Schools3
Spring 1
ED PSYCH 740 Cognitive Assessment of Children in the Schools3
ED PSYCH 743 Design and Analysis of Single-Case Research3
ED PSYCH 761 Statistical Methods Applied to Education II3
ED PSYCH 840 Clinical Practicum in School Psychology1
ED PSYCH 947 Evidenced-based Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy3
Summer 1
ED PSYCH 840 Clinical Practicum in School Psychology3
or COUN PSY/​ED PSYCH/​RP & SE  737 Seminar in History and Systems of Psychology
Or one additional class (3 credits) in the School Psychology area. This includes any course in the School Psychology program area or any other approved course by the School Psychology faculty as covering appropriate content in school psychology.

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

PROGRAM SPECIFIC POLICIES

PRIOR COURSEWORK

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned five years or more prior to admission to a doctoral degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison Undergraduate

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University undergraduate student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison University Special

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 3 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

PROBATION

This program follows the Graduate School's Probation policy.

ADVISOR / COMMITTEE

This program follows the Graduate School's Advisor policy and Committees policy.

CREDITS PER TERM ALLOWED

15 credits

TIME LIMITS

This program follows the Graduate School's Time Limits policy.

GRIEVANCES AND POLICIES

These resources may be helpful in addressing your concerns:

Any student who feels that they have been treated unfairly by a faculty or staff member has the right to complain about the treatment and to receive a prompt hearing of the grievance, following these grievance procedures. The complaint may concern course grades, classroom treatment, program admission, or other issues. To insure a prompt and fair hearing of any complaint, and to protect both the rights of the student and the person at whom the complaint is addressed, the procedures below are used in the School of Education.

The person whom the complaint is directed against must be an employee of the School of Education. Any student or potential student may use these procedures unless the complaint is covered by other campus rules or contracts. The following steps are available within the School of Education when a student has a grievance:

  1. The student should first talk with the person against whom the grievance is directed. Most issues can be settled at this level. If the complaint is directed against a teaching assistant, and the student is not satisfied, the next step would be to talk to the TA's supervisor, who is usually the course professor. If the complaint is not resolved satisfactorily, the student may continue to step 2.
  2. If the complaint does not involve an academic department, the procedure outlined in Step 4 below should be followed. If the complaint involves an academic department, the student should contact the chair of the department. The chair will attempt to resolve the problem informally. If this cannot be done to the student's satisfaction, the student may submit the grievance to the chair in writing. This must be done within 60 calendar days of the alleged unfair treatment.
  3. On receipt of a written complaint, the chair will refer the matter to a departmental committee, which will obtain a written response from the person at whom the complaint is directed. This response shall be shared with the person filing the grievance. The chair will provide a timely written decision to the student on the action taken by the committee.
  4. If either party is not satisfied with the decision of the department, they have five working days from receipt of the decision to contact the dean's office (at the number below), indicating the intention to appeal. If the complaint does not involve an academic department in the school, the student must contact the dean's office within 60 calendar days of the alleged unfair treatment.
  5. In either case, there will be an attempt to resolve the issue informally by the associate dean. If this cannot be done, the complaint can be filed in writing with the dean's office. This must be done within 10 working days of the time the appealing party was notified that informal resolution was unsuccessful.
  6. On receipt of such a written complaint, the associate dean will convene a subcommittee of the school's Equity & Diversity Committee. This subcommittee may ask for additional information from the parties involved and may hold a hearing at which both parties will be asked to speak separately. The subcommittee will then make a written recommendation to the dean of the School of Education who will render a decision. Unless a longer time is negotiated, this written decision shall be made within 20 working days from the date when the grievance was filed with the dean's office.

Questions about these procedures can be directed to the School of Education Dean's Office, 377 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, 608-262-1763.

State law contains additional provisions regarding discrimination and harassment. Wisconsin Statutes 36.12 reads, in part: "No student may be denied admission to, participation in or the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any service, program, course or facility of the system or its institutions or center because of the student's race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status or parental status." In addition, UW–System prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or gender expression. Students have the right to file discrimination and harassment complaints with the Office of Compliance, 361 Bascom Hall, 608-265-6018, uwcomplianceoffice@wisc.edu.

OTHER

For the Ph.D. in School Psychology, the department offers assistantships to incoming students. Students enrolled in the EdS in School Psychology program are not permitted to accept teaching assistantships, project assistantships, research assistantships or other appointments that would result in a tuition waiver. Students in the EdS program cannot enroll in other graduate programs nor take courses outside the prescribed curriculum.

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

  1. Demonstrate/show a strong foundation in current and past theories, research findings, and methodologies in school psychology.
  2. Know/discuss/describe the implications of human diversity (in terms of individual abilities and orientations and sociocultural backgrounds) for research and practice in school psychology and related fields.
  3. Learn the fundamentals of research design, data collection, and data analysis, relevant to school psychology and related fields, through participating in ongoing research or conducting their own research project(s).
  4. Identify key features of high-quality research or program implementation/evaluation.
  5. Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, results of scientific research to academic, professional/practitioner, and lay audiences.
  6. Conduct research or program implementation/evaluation in accordance with ethical standards established in school psychology and related fields.

Faculty

Professors: Asmus, Quintana
Associate Professors: Albers, Eklund (Co-Chair), Garbacz (Co-Chair), Kilgus
Assistant Professor: Klingbeil
Clinical Associate Professor: Kelly
Clinical Assistant Professor: Hagermoser-Bayley

For access to individual faculty profiles, click here.