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Why Pursue a Master's Degree in School Psychology

The MA in School Psychology degree is ideal for students looking for fulfilling careers working with children and adolescents to help them be as successful as possible in school. Common roles and functions of the School Psychologist include psychological assessment, counseling, consultation, crisis intervention, research, and program evaluation. Graduates are eligible to apply for certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, which is a nationally-recognized professional certification granted by the National Association of School Psychologists.

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Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

School Psychology (MA)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level.
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  English Language Proficiency 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS / Duolingo 100
  Purpose Statement Required
  Letters of Recommendation 2 academic or professional reference(s) demonstrating your attributes for successful completion of this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Application Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

School Psychology (MA)
Timing on Admission Decision: Students can expect to hear back on an admission decision within 4 to 6 weeks after June 1 (fall) and May 30 (summer).
Application Deadlines for: Priority International Domestic
Summer 2024 April 1 May 1
Fall 2024 April 1 April 1
Spring 2025 Not Available Not Available
Summer 2025 March 1 March 1

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UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


In the Fall and Spring semesters, courses are typically offered once a week from 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM. In the Summer sessions, courses typically meet Monday-Friday, either during the day or in the evening. The School Psychology program is housed at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Consistent with the  Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists, developed by the National Association of School Psychologists, students in the School Psychology program at UTSA will demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  1. Professional Practice (NASP Domain 10: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Practice)
  2. Data-Based Decision Making (NASP Domain 1: Data-Based Decision Making and Accountability, and NASP Domain 9: Research and Program Evaluation)
  3. Student-Level Services (NASP Domain 3: Interventions and Instructional Support to Develop Academic Skills, and NASP Domain 4: Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills)
  4. Systems-Level Services (NASP Domain 5: School-Wide Practices to Promote Learning, and NASP Domain 6: Preventive and Responsive Services)
  5. Consultation (NASP Domain 2: Consultation and Collaboration, and NASP Domain 7: Family-School Collaboration Services)
  6. Social and Cultural Foundations (NASP Domain 8: Diversity in Development and Learning)

Graduate Advisor of Record

Felicia Castro-Villarreal, PhD

210-458-2420

felicia.castrovillarreal@utsa.edu