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School Psychology M.S./Ph.D. Program: Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data Graduate Programs

Admissions

The American Psychological Association (APA) accredited School Psychology doctoral program admits approximately 2 to 4 students each year. Students are notified of admission in the spring semester and begin their study in the following fall semester. The School Psychology Admissions Committee considers six main dimensions when evaluating applicants:

  1. Undergraduate grade point average (and graduate grade point average, if applicable)
  2. GRE scores
  3. Personal statement
  4. Letters of recommendation
  5. Match with program goals
  6. Research interests and experience

The strongest applicants will have training in psychology, general interests in the research and practice of school psychology, and specific interests in research conducted by program faculty.

Applicants from diverse backgrounds and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Memphis will promote and ensure equal opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability status, age or status as a qualified veteran with a disability or veteran of the Vietnam era.  The Office of Diversity, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action website is http://www.memphis.edu/oie/.  There is a comprehensive program of services and academic accommodations designed to provide access and opportunity is available to qualified students with disabilities through Disability Resources for Students, http://www.memphis.edu/drs/index.php.  

Admissions Data for Currently Enrolled Students (N = 12)

   

Average GRE Verbal

527*/155

Average GRE Quantitative

595*/148

Average Undergraduate GPA

3.53

Average Graduate GPA (upon admission, n = 6)

3.91

   

Note. *Scores reflecting the old GRE scaling system

Yearly Program Costs

All school psychology doctoral students in good standing receive a minimum of 4 years of assistantship support.  These assistantships require approximately 20 hours of work a week, which may involve research, clinical activities, teaching, or departmental service.
Students with only bachelor's degrees receive $13,000 annually for their assistantship, and those with master's (or educational specialist) degrees receive $14,000 annually.  In addition, students supported by assistantships have their tuition waived (both in-state and out-of-state tuition).  Thus, tuition costs are covered for students in good standing who are supported by assistantships. For students who remain in the program beyond their supported years, tuition averages $5,155.00 per semester.

Description

2014-2015
1st-year Cohort Cost

Tuition for full-time students (in-state)

$0

Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state)

NA

Tuition per credit hour for part-time students

NA

University/institution fees or costs

0*

Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g., books, travel, etc.)

$1,375

Note. * The fee associated with online courses is not covered by tuition waivers offered to students. The fee for online courses is $100 per credit hour. Students take a maximum of two online course during their graduate training.

In addition to assistantships and tuition waivers, a variety of fellowships and awards are available to students. Further information about these opportunities is available here.

Time to Completion For All Students Entering The Program

Students entering the program having not completed prior graduate training are expected to finish the program in 5 years, which includes 4 years of full-time residency on campus and 1 year on internship. Students entering the program with a master's (or educational specialist) degree are expected to finish the program in 4 years, which includes 3 years of full-time residency on campus and 1 year on internship.

Outcome

Year in which Degrees were Conferred

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

Total

Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript

1

0

0

1

2

0

2

6

Mean number of years to complete the program

5

0

0

11

4.5

0

5.3

5.9

Median number of years to complete the program

5

0

0

11

4.5

0

5.3

5.3

Time to Degree Ranges

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

N

%

Students in less than 5 years

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

50

0

0

0

0

1

17

Students in 5 years

1

100

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

50

0

0

2

100

4

67

Students in 6 years

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Students in 7 years

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Students in more than 7 years

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

100

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

17

Consistent with the Psychology Department Graduate Student Handbook, transfer credit for courses taken elsewhere but accepted by the program director as counting toward the doctoral degree must be submitted for university approval by the end of the first year of doctoral study. (Go to http://www.memphis.edu/gradschool/pdfs/doctoral_transfer_credit.pdf  for the requisite form titled The University of Memphis Transfer Credit Evaluation, Doctoral Program.)

Internship Placement — Table 1


Outcome  
 

Year Applied for Internship

2007-2008 

2008-2009 

2009-2010 

2010-2011 

2011-2012 

2012-2013 

2013-2014 

N

N

N

%

N

N

N

%

N

 %

Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships

0

0

0

0

1

100

2

100

1

50

2

67

1

50

Students who obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

50

Students who obtained other membership organization internships (e.g. CAPIC) that were not APA/CPA-accredited               

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Students who obtained internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA-accredited  

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Internship Placement — Table 2


Outcome  
 

Year Applied for Internship

2007-2008 

2008-2009 

2009-2010 

2010-2011 

2011-2012 

2012-2013 

2013-2014 

N

%

N

N

N

%

N

 %

N

%

N

 %

Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process

0

0

0

0

1

100

2

100

2

100

3

100

2

100

Students who obtained paid internships

0

0

0

0

1

100

2

100

1

50

2

67

2

100

Students who obtained half-time internships 

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Attrition


Variable 
 

Year of First Enrollment 

2007-2008 

2008-2009 

2009-2010 

2010-2011 

2011-2012 

2012-2013 

2013-2014

N

N

N

N

%

N

 %

N

%

N

 %

Students for whom this is the year of first enrollment (i.e. new students)

1

-

3

-

1

-

2

-

0

-

4

-

3

-

Students whose doctoral degrees were conferred on their transcripts

1

100

2

67

1

100

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Students still enrolled in program

0

0

1

33

0

0

2

100

0

0

3

75

3

100

Students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of doctoral degree

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

25

0

0

Licensure


Outcome

2004-2014

The total number of program graduates (doctoral degrees conferred on transcript) between 2 and 10 years ago

9

The number of these graduates (between 2 and 10 years ago) who became licensed psychologists in the past 10 years

4

Licensure percentage

44%

Most graduates of our program work in school and administrative settings that do not require them to be licensed as doctoral psychologists.

Minority Recruitment

We welcome applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds. Currently, approximately 25% of our doctoral students represent African American and Asian heritages. Memphis itself is a highly diverse city, and it gives our students exceptional opportunities to develop skills with children, adolescents, and their families from diverse backgrounds.

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