Our Ph.D. curriculum is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in school psychology and related disciplines. Graduates of this program are prepared to assume roles that may involve research, scholarship, or practice. For example, they may function as academic school psychologists, licensed psychologists who work in schools, certified school psychologists, educational consultants, or private practitioners.
For additional information on the Ph.D. degree program, please go here https://www.coe.arizona.edu/dps/school-psychology
The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies is committed to research about and teaching of students with disabilities and special abilities. The department’s research, teaching, and service address current issues in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, and deaf studies.
The Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies (DPS) is dedicated to advancing human and economic development through the empowerment and effective inclusion of culturally diverse individuals with disabilities and special abilities of all ages. This is accomplished by conducting research to further knowledge and understanding of abilities, disabilities, adaptations, interventions, and support systems; preparing professionals to educate and facilitate the development of individuals with disabilities and special abilities; and providing leadership at the local, state, national, and international levels. To accomplish our mission, the department offers nationally recognized undergraduate, master's, educational specialist, and doctoral-level degrees to prepare teachers, counselors, specialists, administrators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers and educators in special education, rehabilitation, school psychology, gifted education, sign language and deaf studies, and educational interpreting.
The Graduate College requires an Application for Admission submitted online, along with an application fee.
The department requires the following documents to be submitted through your online application:
· Two Official Transcripts of all previous college work from each college or university previously attended being sent Attention: Cecilia Carlon at the College of Education at P.O. Box 210069, Tucson, AZ 85721-0069. You are also welcome to bring official copies to Room 414 at the College of Education.
· International students must provide a TOEFL score of minimum 79, and scores cannot be older than two years. The institutional code for the University of Arizona is 4832.
· Three letters of recommendation from persons who have direct knowledge of your academic and/or professional performance and potential for graduate study. These letters should be recent. It is preferable to have letters of recommendation that are specific to admission to our program and your recommenders will be able to upload letters through this venue. (Look for instructions below)
Personal Statement (see instructions)
Your application will be considered once you have submitted all required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be automatically denied. Once your application has been submitted, you may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to this account and opening this application. Please do not call the department regarding the status of your application. You will be notified via email as soon as a decision has been reached.
A graduate college application (apply now)
Transcripts of all previous coursework
Minimum Grade Point Average of 3.25
Scores on the GRE (includes Verbal, Quantitative, & Writing sections)
TOEFL (550 minimum) or CBT (213 minimum) for international applicants only
A statement of professional goals
Three letters of recommendation from professionals who can adequately address your ability to be successful graduate student and professional
Please see Admissions Information Requirements.
Contact your advisor or faculty in your program for information by visiting the department web site.
The deadline for submitting applications is December 1st.
3406 for Major
The School Psychology Ph.D. Program requires a minimum of 85 credits in the school psychology major, a minimum of 9 credits in a minor area, and 18 credits of dissertation. Update the link with the handbook
For more information please visit the following link: https://www.coe.arizona.edu/dps/school-psychology
Minor specialization (9-12 credits determined by minor committee)
Minor work shall be taken in a related discipline selected by the student with approval by the doctoral committee
|Application Acceptance Rate||46%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||5.00|
|Enrollment Percent Male||15%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||85%|
|Enrollment Percent International||1%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||30%|