School Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy

Why study School Psychology?

The School Psychology Program at the University of Cincinnati is dedicated to preparing highly competent professional school psychologists from a scientist-practitioner model. Graduates are prepared to make significant contributions to this challenging field through up-to-date and research-based professional practice. Doctoral-level graduates are prepared research-based professional practice plus leadership, systems change, and advanced behavioral theory and research. The program operates from an eco-behavioral orientation and emphasizes the delivery of school psychological services from a consultative, collaborative problem-solving framework to prevent and remediate learning and behavior problems. A child advocacy perspective provides a framework, along with a scientist-practitioner perspective, for guiding decisions and practices that provide supportive educational environments and enhance positive outcomes for all children through research-based practice and data-based decision making. Both theoretical and empirical bases of professional practice are emphasized, and a diverse range of practical field experiences are provided throughout preparation. The Program fosters respect for the uniqueness and human dignity of each and all persons. Self awareness, positive regard for others, and respect for differences are actively cultivated and expected of all students.

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Admission Requirements

• Transcripts and a minimum GPA of 3.2
• Vita / Resume
• Goal Statement
• 3 Letters of Recommendation submitted through the online system

Application Deadlines

The program admits students once a year for a fall semester start. Applications are due December 1.

If you would like to submit an electronic application for the School Psychology program, please visit our On-Line Graduate School Application and complete the form.

Make sure to visit the School Psychology website or contact the program directly for information about application requirements or to inquire about materials that need to be submitted when applying to this program.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

UC's Doctoral Program in School Psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). 

Contact Information

Renee Hawkins
Professor and Program Coordinator
PO Box 210068
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-3342

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Program Code: 18DOC-SPSY-PHD