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School psychology PhD

Become a leader in helping schools and communities succeed

Accredited by APA and approved by NASP/NCATE, the doctoral program in school psychology prepares you to become a leader in the field of school psychology. You’ll be eligible to receive your state and national school psychologist credential, and the license to practice psychology. You can become a university faculty member, conduct research, work with students, staff, and families in schools, or work with children and youth in other settings as a licensed psychologist.

#9 in U.S. among educational psychology graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2020


Doctoral-level school psychologists work in universities (as faculty), mental health agencies, research centers and think tanks, clinical settings, state departments of education, and independent practices. The program emphasizes preparation of future faculty, so all students are trained not only as researchers, but in higher education teaching, supervision, and mentoring.

School psychologists: in-demand and well-compensated

  • 100% of our students are fully funded and employed after graduation*
  • Expected employment growth: 11% between 2012 and 2022**
  • Mean 9-month salary (full-time, school-based practitioner): $64,000-$71,000***
  • Mean 9-month salary (university faculty): $77,800**
  • Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data

*Percentages of students since 2012
**U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
***National Association of School Psychologists


School psychology PhD students generally complete four years of coursework and dissertation, followed by a year-long internship. All students prepare to become scientist-practitioners through coursework in research methods and statistics, and the completion of a supervised research project.

More information on program goals and competencies


Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.



Still have questions? Review our frequently asked questions or program handbook.

How to apply

Note: We no longer require GRE test scores for application and admission to the program.

Alumni profile

"You will garner a cutting-edge skill set for school psychology practice and/or research. The program’s training on problem solving and a broad understanding of the context of learning difficulties—delivered by faculty who are leaders in the field—will help you advance the field of school psychology to improve student and system outcomes."

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David Parker, PhD '12 Vice president for research and development, ServeMinnesota

Read more about David's experience.


The following faculty are currently accepting doctoral advisees.

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Faith Miller | Lab

  • Multi-tiered systems of support for social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties (SEBD)
  • Evidence-based assessment and intervention for SEBD
  • Data-based decision making
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Amanda Sullivan Birkmaier Education Leadership Professor, program coordinator| Lab

  • Education and health disparities affecting individuals with and at-risk for special needs
  • Characteristics and outcomes of children and adolescents with disabilities
  • School psychological and special education services for diverse learners

Instructors and supervisors

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Elyse FarnsworthLecturer and field placement coordinator

  • Implementation of state and federal policy to facilitate early intervention and prevention for at-risk children, youth, and families
  • Evaluation of the effects and outcomes associated with participation services received under federal law
  • Promotion of effective collaborations across systems that serve children and youth
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Jessie KemberLecturer

  • Sexual minority youth
  • Resilience
  • Diversity and inclusion