Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. We have two graduate programs in School Psychology. One can enter the PhD immediately after completing their undergraduate degree. The second program is a three year master’s program which leads to State licensure as a public school psychologist. Decisions about which program to apply to should be based on your desired goal.

Our program is designed for full-time students. We do not admit part-time students and discourage enrolled students from working full-time.

For MS/CAS students the primary source of financial support is through the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority: Forgivable Education Loan program http://www.ncseaa.edu/FELSRepay.htm For PhD students, the Department of Psychology offers two Teaching Assistantships for the school psychology students with the Graduate Student Support Plan https://grad.ncsu.edu/students/gssp/ For more advanced PhD school psychology students there are two Psychoeducational Clinic Assistantships similar to the GSSP.  Other positions for PhD students are in the Department’s Advising Office or the Dean’s Office.


No. Students are only admitted for matriculation in the fall of each academic year. 

Yes, in most cases. The Graduate school allows for 18 credits. The Program Director tries to recognize prior equivalent graduate coursework when warranted. In general, courses taken within the past eight years and passed with a grade of "B" or better are candidates for transfer or certain course requirements waived.

The faculty has a close working relationship with students. Currently, there is a 5:1 ratio between students and faculty.

The School Psychology Program endorses the scientist-practitioner model. For the Masters of Science/Certificate of Advanced Studies students, training and understanding of research is how one is trained as a scientist-practitioner. Research opportunities are available but not expected. All Ph.D. students are expected to develop research expertise while in the Program through completing a minimum of 9 credits of statistics/research methods, working with their faculty research mentor, and completing a research-based thesis and dissertation. Students receive hands-on research training by working on research teams with their faculty research mentor to complete a variety of student- and faculty-led research projects. Many students author or co-author papers for presentation or publication as part of their work on faculty research teams.

It takes 3 years to complete the Masters of Science/Certificate of Advanced Studies program. On average, the PhD program takes 6 years with a standard deviation of 1 year over the past 10 years. For students who enter the PhD program with a MS/CAS in school psychology, it takes 4 years.

The PhD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association since April 10, 1987 and by the National Association of School Psychologists since 1989. The MC/CAS is accredited by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the materials for accreditation by the National Association of School Psychologists will be submitted in September of 2020.

Graduates from both the PhD and MS/CAS programs are eligible for licensure as school psychologists (Level III) by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to practice in public schools. PhD graduates also meet all predoctoral requirements for licensure as a psychologist by the North Carolina Psychology Board. Graduates of the PhD Program are automatically eligible for certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP).

In North Carolina, one must be licensed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to be employed as a school psychologist in a public school district which requires a MS/CAS degree. However, one must be licensed by the North Carolina Psychology Board to practice as a school psychologist in a private setting which requires a PhD.

Graduates from the MS/CAS program are eligible to work in the public school setting in North Carolina. Graduates from the PhD program are eligible to work in any appropriate setting for licensed PhD-level psychologists such as universities, mental health agencies, hospitals, or private practices. 

Yes, contact the Director , Scott Stage by email and set-up a time to talk or often he can answer your questions via email.

We consider your grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Exam Verbal (GRE-V), Quantitative (GRE_Q), and Analytical Writing Scores (GRE_W), letters of recommendation and your personal statement on the application. Over the past 10 years, the mean GPA was 3.7, the mean GRE-V was 70%, the mean GRE-Q was 49%, and mean GRE-W score was 60%. In addition, the most important part of consideration for potential admission to the program is your match with an advisor for the Ph.D. program and your knowledge and commitment to public schools for the MS/CAS program as well as your representation of diversity to the program.

The deadline for receipt of applications and supporting material is December 1st. It is important that you start the application process sufficiently early to assure that all materials arrive on time. An incomplete application will not be considered, as we make our decisions and offers for admission as soon as possible. Please be sure that persons who write your letters of recommendation are aware of the deadline.

The School Psychology faculty review your application and by the second week in January invite about 20 applicants to campus on the second week of February to be interviewed as part of the final assessment of whom appear to be good candidates to recommend for admission. Usually the week following your interview, the faculty make recommendations for admission, but many students are waitlisted and the final decisions might not be settled until the end of April.

In a typical year, the NC State School Psychology Program receives 50-60 applications, interviews 20 applicants whom applied to either the MS/CAS or PhD programs. Usually, about 3 MS/CAS are admitted and attend and 2 to 6 PhD students are admitted and attend. Over the past 10 years, the mean GPA was 3.7, the mean GRE-V was 70%, the mean GRE-Q was 49%, and mean GRE-W score was 60%.

Although as stated previously, over the past 10 years, the mean GPA was 3.7, the mean GRE-V was 70%, the mean GRE-Q was 49%, and mean GRE-W score was 60%, your GPA and GRE scores are not the only thing considered. We seriously consider applicants personal statements on their applications which include your statements about your contribution to diversity, reasons why you chose school psychology, and other personal information that expresses your desire to contribute to the field of school psychology.