Applying to the Program

How many students do you admit?

We usually admit 8 - 10 students.


What are the prerequisites for applying?

Students entering the program are required to complete upper-division courses in introductory statistics and research, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, learning psychology, personality psychology and cross-cultural psychology. Comparable courses may be considered to fulfill some of these requirements but courses from community colleges are not acceptable, as they are lower-division.


Currently, I am employed as an Early Childhood/Preschool teacher. I have previous work experience with school-age recreation and tutoring programs. Is this considered "psychological experience with children and families". If not, what would be some examples of work that involves "psychological experience"?

Your previous work as a teacher and in the recreation and tutoring programs would be considered in the application process. However, we are looking specifically for experiences in human service agencies/organizations and schools where you work clinically with children, adolescents, adults and/or families. Experience in a clinical setting includes any position, paid or unpaid, that is related to the skills needed to be a psychologist. Examples of this sort of experience include a research assistant, work in a group or residential treatment facility, work in a hospital or community mental health organization, or work as a teacher with children who are behaviorally or emotionally disturbed. When you write about these experiences in your personal statement, you should emphasize what you learned about yourself (your insight) from these experiences and what you have learned about the students and their families (e.g., child development, family dynamics, school systems). Some applicants make the mistake of listing their experiences without making clear to the reader what they learned from them and how it has prepared them to succeed in graduate school.


Do I need to take the GRE?

Yes, the general portion of the GRE (not the subject portion).


Is there a minimum cutoff for the GRE test scores?

No, there are no minimum cutoffs for the GRE test scores. GRE test scores are evaluated in the context of the full application package. These scores are seen as indicators of the applicant's potential for successful graduate work. However, we also consider course history, letters of recommendation, the applicant's essay, psychological experience, and the likelihood of a good fit between the applicant's interests and the program.


What is the selection process like?

After the applications are thoroughly reviewed some applicants are invited to visit our campus for a face-to-face interview with a team of current school psychology graduate students and the program Director. After the interviews, 8 - 10 students are selected for admission. The selection process can take up to one and a half months. Applicants are usually notified of their admission status by April.


Where can I find application materials?

You are required to apply to both the Psychology Department and the University.

For an online application to Psychology Department, please visit the Psychology Department website and click on "Graduate Application": http://bss.sfsu.edu/psych/

Or, you can write or call the Graduate Secretary, Department of Psychology, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132. Phone: (415) 338-2711

In addition to applying to the Psychology department, you must apply to the University.

If you are a domestic applicant go to this site: http://www.csumentor.edu/AdmissionApp/grad_apply.asp

If you are an international applicant go to this site: http://www.csumentor.edu/admissionapp/intl_apply.asp


When is the application deadline?

February 1


Are there any information sessions coming up?

There are no information sessions; however, you can visit the School Psychology website for more information at: http://bss.sfsu.edu/psych/school/


Questions about the Program

How long does it take to complete the program?

Three years. The first two years are devoted to obtaining the master's degree and the last year is dedicated to pursuing the PPS credential.


Are courses offered in the evening? Is it possible to work full-time and do the program?

This Program is a full-time commitment. Courses are generally offered in the afternoon and evening, and sometimes in the morning. Students are not allowed to work full-time as the program is 3 years and tightly sequenced. Some students work part-time while in the program, however, work hours need to be arranged around program requirements.


What does the practicum involve and how long does it last? Where would it be and what would I be doing? Is it a paid position?

There are three levels of fieldwork experience. The first year, the student engages in a clinical fieldwork experience for approximately 15 hours per week in schools under the close supervision of a clinician/School Psychologist. The second year, practicum, the student works approximately 20 to 24 hours per week engaged in School Psychology related activities such as assessment, consultation, and clinical intervention under close supervision by a credentialed School Psychologist. The third year internship is a 36 hour weekly paid placement in the public schools throughout the greater the bay area. Interns are engaged in School Psychology related activities such as assessment, consultation, and clinical intervention under supervision by a credentialed School Psychologist.


Where can I find more information about the Pupil Personnel Service Credential?

The Pupil Personnel Services Credential is the third-year internship program, which is meant to follow the two-year Graduate Program in School Psychology. You can find more information at this link: http://bss.sfsu.edu/psych/graduate/pps_credential.html


What is the final completion requirement?

A culminating experience which is typically a Master's paper (an in-depth literature review or case study on a topic relevant to School Psychology). Students also have the option of doing a Master's thesis, however, almost all complete the Master's paper.


What career opportunities do graduate students go onto with this degree?

Practicing School Psychologist