Ph.D. FAQ


Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions from past prospective students regarding the School Psychology Ph.D. Program.


  1. Is the program accredited by the American Psychological Association?
    Yes, the program has been fully accredited by APA since 1996. We were revisited in 2007 and received full reaccredidation for the maximum 7 years. Our next site visit will be in 2014.

  2. Is the program approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)? Yes, the program is fully approved by NASP. The Ph.D. program will next apply for NASP approval in 2019.

  3. Do you need a master's degree to apply?
    No, we accept students with a bachelor's or a master's degree. Most students enter with a bachelor's degree, however some students enter with a master's degree or Ed.S. degree from another institution.

  4. How long is the program?
    If students enter with a bachelor's degree the program typically requires five to six years, including one year for the dissertation and one year of internship. If the student enters with an Ed.S. degree, the program takes approximately three to four years.

  5. Does the program have any particular emphases?
    Yes, the program has a very strong emphasis on training students to work with urban populations and for students to be multiculturally-competent psychologists. Doctoral students are expected to join several research teams, to present their research with faculty members at national conferences, and to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals.

  6. Are assistantships available?
    Yes, assistantships are available from the School of Education, as well as in other units on campus. In addition, many students are funded as research assistants on faculty research projects and there are fellowships available through the Graduate School.

  7. Are all students funded? In the past ten years, we were able to fund all students who applied for assistantships. Some of those were research assistantships to work on faculty grants, others were teaching assistantships, and still others were project assistantships.

  8. How much are assistantships? For the 2010-2011 academic year, assistantship stipends are $12,128 for 50% assignments (20 hours per week). In addition, all students working 33% or more receive tuition remission (meaning that tuition is waived).

  9. Do I have to take the GREs? Do you look for any particular score? Yes, we require GREs for all students, but we do not have a particular cutoff score required for admission to the program. Rather we look at the GREs, undergraduate and graduate GPA, interest in working with urban and multicultural populations, and interest in a scientist-practitioner program. We do not require the subject GRE in psychology.

  10. How many students are admitted each year? We typically admit 4-5 students each year.

  11. It's been a while since I've been in school. Do the letters of recommendation need to be from professors? Yes, one letter must be from an academic professional. However, you can also submit letters of recommendation from anyone who can speak to your academic background, your background in School Psychology, and your potential for graduate work.

  12. Will all applicants be interviewed? Would I still be considered for admission if I can't travel to Milwaukee? Yes, all applicants are interviewed. If you can not travel to Milwaukee, we can arrange a phone interview with you on a more-convenient day.

  13. How many credits are required for the program? Students generally take approximately 115 graduate credits, which includes 24 credits of School Psychology courses, 9 credits of practicum, 12 credits of internship, 16 credits of statistics, 12 credits of educational psychological foundations, 9 credits of psychology, and 9 credits of urban ed/urban psychology. Typically students take 6 dissertation credits.

  14. I took psychology and statistics courses in my master's program, can some of those be transferred in? Yes, often courses taken in your master's program may count towards your doctoral program. Final evaluation of whether they may be transferred is made by the Graduate School, the training director and the student's advisor.

  15. Are there research requirements? Yes, consistent with our scientist-practitioner model all students are required to participate on a faculty member's research team for two years. Most students stay involved in research for the entire 4 to 5 years that they are on campus. Prospective students may view current research team activities on the "Faculty Profiles" section.

  16. I know that internships are very competitive. How many students receive APA-accredited internships? The majority of our students received APA-accredited internships, with virtually every student in the last 10 years who have applied to an APA-accredited internship being offered one. On occasion a student may decide to apply for a local internship in a local school or hospital site. For example, during 2009-2010 we had one student who has an internship in Milwaukee Public Schools.

  17. Are students eligible for licensure as a psychologist? Yes, the program is recognized by the state licensing board as eligible for licensure as a psychologist once they complete the doctorate and the post doctoral hours required by the state (1,500 hours in Wisconsin) and successfully pass the national licensing exam and state jurisprudence exam.

  18. How are advisors determined? We assign students a temporary advisor when they are admitted to the program. Once they enter the program, students are free to choose a new advisor, who will be the chair of their dissertation committee, or continue with their assigned advisor.

  19. How much interaction and advising is there among students and faculty? Students and faculty interact on an informal basis on research teams, on a more formal basis in class, and through advising. Many research teams present at conferences, and students have the opportunity to interact with faculty in these situations as well.

  20. How much interaction is there among students in the program? The School Psychology Student Association (SPSA) has monthly meetings, attended by most students not on internship. The SPSA has several social events a year, arranged mentoring for new students, and plans brown-bag presentations. There also is the organization of Multicultural Connections for School Psychologists (MCSP), which meets on a regular basis and has sponsored multicultural presentations and a variety of social activities. For more information check out the Ph.D. professional organizations link.

  21. Is there someone I can talk to if I have any more questions? Certainly, please contact Dr. Karen Stoiber.

Ed.S. FAQ


Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions from past prospective students regarding the School Psychology Ed.S. Program.

  1. Is the program approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)? Yes, the program is fully approved by NASP. The Ed.S. program will next apply for NASP approval in 2019.

  2. Do most students enter the program with an undergraduate degree? Yes, most students enter with a bachelor's degree; however some students enter with a master's degree or with coursework from another university.

  3. Do you need to have an undergraduate degree in psychology to apply? No, we accept students with degrees in other related areas, such as sociology and education. However, you may need to take one or two additional classes to make sure that you have the necessary educational background to be a school psychologist.

  4. How long is the program? If students enter with a bachelor's degree the program typically requires two years as a full-time student, with one additional year for the internship. Most students are hired as first year school psychologists during the internship year.

  5. Do most students attend as full-time students? Yes, the majority of our students attend the program on a full-time basis; however, it may be possible to attend on a part-time basis for the first year or two. This would extend the length of time necessary to complete the program.

  6. Does the program have any particular emphases? Yes, the program has a very strong emphasis on training students to work with urban populations and for students to be multiculturally-competent psychologists. In addition, our School Psychology program has a strong emphasis on evidence-based practices and on prevention and intervention approaches.

  7. Are students funded? Many students in our Ed.S. program work as student hourly assistants on research projects funded by faculty grants. A few students obtain fellowships. On occasion, students who are out-of-state may be able to obtain funding on a research project, which provides an out-of-state tuition waiver (that is, the assistantship includes the cost for tuition).

  8. Do I have to take the GREs? Do you look for any particular score? No, we do not require GREs for Ed.S. students.

  9. How many students are admitted each year? We typically admit a cohort of 8-10 Ed.S. students each year.

  10. It's been a while since I've been in school. Do the letters of recommendation need to be from professors? Yes, one letter must be from an academic professional. However, you can also submit letters of recommendation from anyone who can speak to your academic background, your background in School Psychology, and your potential for graduate work.

  11. Will all applicants be interviewed? Would I still be considered for admission if I can't travel to Milwaukee? We select the top candidates and will contact them regarding the interview process. We typically do NOT interview all applicants. If you are selected for an interview and cannot travel to Milwaukee, we can arrange a phone interview with you.

  12. How many credits are required for the program? Students generally take a minimum of 69 graduate credits, which includes 9 credits of practicum and 6 credits of internship.

  13. I took psychology and statistics courses in my Master's program, can some of those be transferred in? Yes, often courses taken in your Master's program or another graduate program in psychology or educational psychology may be transferred into the Ed.S. program. It may be possible to transfer credits taken at another institution. This decision would be made by the director of the program and the student’s advisor upon being admitted. Most students who possess a Master's degree, however, enter our Ed.S. program directly (with final approval from the Graduate School).

  14. Are there research requirements? No, the Ed.S. program does not require students to complete a research thesis. However, you must complete the program requirements for a Master’s degree, which include sitting for a Master's-level Comprehensive Exam at the end of the first year. Many students are involved in research, and some may volunteer to participate on faculty research teams. Prospective students may view current research team activities on the "Faculty Profiles" section.

  15. Are students eligible for certification as a school psychologist? Yes, the program is recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and students are eligible for certification as a school psychologist.

  16. How are advisors determined? We assign students a temporary advisor when they are admitted to the program. Once they enter the program, students are free to choose a new advisor, or continue with their assigned advisor.

  17. How much interaction and advising is there among students and faculty? Students and faculty interact on an informal basis on research teams, on a more formal basis in class, and through advising.

  18. How much interaction is there among students in the program? The School Psychology Student Association (SPSA) has regular meetings, attended by most students not on internship. SPSA has several social events a year, arranged mentoring for new students, and plans brown-bag presentations. There also is the Multicultural Connections for School Psychologists (MCSP) organization, which meets on a regular basis and has sponsored multicultural presentations and a variety of social activities. For more information on both of these organizations click on the SPSA link.

  19. Is there someone I can talk to if I have any more questions? Certainly, please contact Dr. Kyongboon Kwon.