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School Psychology Program



Educational Specialist in School Psychology (Ed.S) and
Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology (Ph.D.)


deadline for fall 2018 admissions is
january 1, 2018

  • Selected candidates will be notified by phone no later than January 9th.
  • Interviews will take place on Fridays, January 19th and 26th.


A Message from Dr. Linda M. Raffaele Mendez,    

Coordinator of Admissions

Student Perspectives

Prerequisite Coursework for Admission


  • An undergraduate (or graduate) course in Statistics

  • An undergraduate (or graduate) course in Tests and Measurements (including issues such as reliability, validity, standard error of measurement, etc.)

  • An undergraduate (or graduate) course in Research Methods or Experimental Design with a lab component.

Note: A specific major in psychology, education or a related field is not required. Only the coursework mentioned above is required for admission to the program.

Required Admissions Materials

All admissions materials should be submitted directly to our program. A complete application includes the following:

  1. A completed application to the Graduate School - Click here to access the application online.

  2. The application fee ($30) - Payable by check, money order or by credit card.


    a. Please upload all remaining admissions materials to your graduate school application.

    b. Please select degree code "SSP" for the Ed.S. program and "DSG" for the Ph.D. program.

  3. GRE scores - Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing scores are required; scores should not be more than 5 years old - The USF insitution code for sending your GRE scores is 5828.

  4. Two official transcripts - from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended.

  5. A current resume or vita.

  6. A statement of your professional goals - In a 2-3 page statement, please tell us why you are interested in becoming a school psychologist, why you have applied to the program at USF, and anything else about yourself that you think would help us to understand you better.

  7. Three letters of recommendation - It is best if those writing a letter for you are familiar with your academic skills (e.g., writing, critical thinking, research, It is advised that applicants use the request for letters of recommendation via the online application, however for those who send hard copy letters; All hard copy letters of recommendation should be sealed and signed across the seal by the individual making the recommendation.

    If you can get letters from individuals who have taught you at the college or graduate level, that is preferred. However, letters from individuals who are familiar with your professional work skills (e.g., an employer) will be accepted as well.

    Our program does not require a recommendation letter form to be submitted along with the letter.

  8. A writing sample - If you have a research paper or literature review that is written in APA style, please provide us with a copy. If not, please send us a representative piece of your writing (e.g., a paper written in college) that demonstrates your skills in conceptualizing ideas and communicating those ideas in written form.

Please Note:

  • All applicants are required to submit an application fee of $30 for EACH graduate program.

    For example, if you applied to the School Psychology Program and another graduate program such as Clinical Psychology or Social Work, you must submit the $30 application fee for each program you applied.

    You will also need to submit additional transcripts, recommendation letters or other admissions documents to each program in which you apply.

  • If you are interested in applying to both the School Psychology Ph.D. and Ed.S. programs you do not need to submit two separate applications. Please indicate your interest in applying for both programs in your statement of professional goals. If you are selected for an interview, you will have the opportunity to discuss with faculty members which program would be most beneficial for you.

  • Students who attended USF as a former degree-seeking student (FSR) or as a non-degree seeking student, MUST SUBMIT the application fee.

Application Due Date

All application materials are due by January 1, 2018 for Fall 2018 admission to the Program. We admit students only in the fall semester. In a typical year, we select 20-25 applicants for interviews and admit 8-10 students to the Ph.D. and Ed.S. programs together.

How Applications Are Evaluated

The faculty in the School Psychology Program reviews all applications. The primary assumption underlying admission to either the Ed.S. or the Ph.D. program is that every student who is accepted is capable of (a) successfully completing his or her respective program and (b) performing competently in the field as a school psychologist. For this reason, the selection and admissions procedure is quite rigorous. Applicants are selected based on their potential to benefit from the training program and their potential to contribute both to the Program and the field of School Psychology. Importantly, we seek students whose professional interests and career goals are consistent with the philosophy and mission of our Program.

Within the admissions process, a culturally diverse student body is actively recruited. The admissions process is highly selective, but flexible. All pertinent data submitted for consideration will be evaluated as an entire package.

Students admitted to the Program for Fall 2012 had GRE  scores averaging about 304 -Total, 153 Verbal Reasoning,  and 151 Quantitative Reasoning.

The average undergraduate GPA was 3.63.

The School Psychology faculty will review all applications in January 2016. Following the review of all applications, selected applicants will be invited for interviews, which usually take place in late January and early February. You will be contacted by phone in January if you are selected for an interview.

Need More Information?

We hope that the information we have provided to you on this page will assist you in deciding whether our program is consistent with your desired training goals as a future school psychologist. After you read this information, if you have further questions about our program, please feel free to contact the School Psychology Program Specialist, at (813) 974-4614.


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