Supplemental content for PsyD in School Psychology
Applicants to the PsyD program must meet the minimum requirements below:
- An earned bachelor’s or graduate degree from an institution of higher learning accredited by a regional or national accrediting body
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) in a baccalaureate degree program or 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) in a graduate degree program
- Applicants who do not meet minimum GPA eligibility requirements may submit a letter requesting special consideration. The letter should provide evidence of their ability to complete graduate studies successfully. Without such a letter, applicants who do not meet minimum GPA eligibility requirements may be denied automatically. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are at the discretion of the program.
Applicants who meet minimum eligibility requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements may be selected to participate in a formal on-campus interview with program faculty. Applicants’ academic and professional history, exam scores, writing samples, professional references, and interview performance will be considered in decision-making for admissions.
Application Procedures and Required Materials
Deadline: December 1st for matriculation in Fall semester
Applicants are required to provide the following materials:
- Application: Online Application
- Application fee: Waived for all applicants
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
- International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
- Resume: A resume or curriculum vitae that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience
- Essays: Two essays are required. Applicants must respond to the following prompts in two separate essays:
- Why do you seek training in school psychology?
- How does USM's School Psychology program align with your professional goals and values?
- Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's ability to succeed in graduate school and a career in school psychology. Only professional letters of recommendation will be accepted. Letters from professors, professionals in the field of school psychology, and/or supervisors from employment/internship settings are recommended. Letters from family members and friends will not be accepted.
- TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.
All applicants to the PsyD in School Psychology program must submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test taken within five years of application. The minimum combined score for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning tests is 300.
Applicants who do not meet minimum GRE score requirements must enclose a letter requesting special consideration. The letter should provide evidence of an ability to complete doctoral studies successfully. Without such a letter, applicants who do not meet minimum test score requirements may be automatically denied.
Where to send transcripts and application materials
Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:
Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412
Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to email@example.com.
For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.
In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:
- College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
- Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
- International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.
English Proficiency Test Scores
Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants and/or applicants whose primary language is not English, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Southern Maine accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency. TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for a graduate program.
A maximum of two courses (6 graduate credits) required for the PsyD in School Psychology program of study may be completed prior to matriculation.
Admitted students may request permission to transfer up to 45 graduate credits toward the PsyD in School Psychology degree. In order for credits to be eligible for transfer, the following criteria must be met:
- The credits must have been earned as part of a graduate course (e.g., 500 level or higher) offered at a United States institution of higher learning accredited by a regional and/or national accrediting body.
- The credits must have been earned for a course that is equivalent, in terms of content knowledge and skill requirements, to one required within the program.
- The earned grade for the course must be a B or higher (GPA equivalent of 3.0).
- The credits must have been earned within 6 years from the date when transfer credit is requested.
- The program may, at its discretion, consider coursework completed more than 6 years prior to a request for transfer credit when students: (a) developed initial competence in the professional practice area through coursework and (b) continued to update their competency through professional experiences, which may include relevant professional employment, supervision, and continuing education.
- The credits for behavior analytic courses must have been earned for a course that was part of a BACB or ABAI Verified Course Sequence aligned with current task list standards.
To request transfer credits, students must complete a course equivalency request form and submit the relevant course syllabi and official transcripts to the Chair of the Department of Educational and School Psychology. Course equivalency requests will be reviewed by the Department Chair and referred to the faculty designee who has expertise in the area of instruction. The faculty designee may ask for additional information from the student or request to consult with the previous instructor. The designee will then make a recommendation to the school psychology faculty, and the faculty will vote to determine whether the course is considered equivalent. The student will be informed about the faculty's decision by the Department Chair.
If transfer credits are approved, the program will notify the USM Registrar to enter the official transfer onto the student's record. Transferred credits will be noted on the student's USM transcript and counted toward the student's degree program of study.
Note: Graduate students matriculated in an APA-accredited doctoral-level school psychology programs at another university may transfer into the PsyD program if they complete their final 45 credit hours, including two years of full time coursework, the dissertation requirement, and the predoctoral internship, at USM.
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