School Psychology PhD


Preparing future school psychologists in evidence-based practices to promote positive outcomes for children, families, and schools

The Doctoral School Psychology Program at the University of Cincinnati is dedicated to preparing highly competent professional school psychologists according to the scientist-practitioner model.  As a result of their broad-based training, UC doctoral graduates are prepared to make significant contributions to this challenging field through the most up-to-date professional practice, research, professional leadership, supervision, and teaching. For more detailed information about the Program curriculum, field experiences, research requirements, and student outcomes, please refer to the:

PhD Curriculum Sequence

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in School Psychology is based on a comprehensive 5-year program of study, with 3 years of sequential coursework and integrative field experiences, a year of internship (minimum 1500 hours), the doctoral comprehensive examination (completed as portfolio), and research and dissertation requirements. Learn more about the PhD plan of study.


The School Psychology Doctoral Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association* and the Association for Behavior Analysis International.  The Program is also fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the educator preparation provider (College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services) is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The curriculum includes a course sequence approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

*Questions about our APA-accreditation should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979

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Program Goals

The Program is designed to achieve four training goals, linked to objectives and specific professional competencies. The goals, objectives, and competencies are aligned with the Program’s philosophy and training model and the substantive areas of professional psychology. View the training goals, objectives, and competencies.