School Psychology, PhD

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    Earn Your PhD in School Psychology

    Our PhD program in School Psychology is designed to prepare you for a fulfilling career in the field. Enter with a bachelor’s degree, and earn your doctorate in as little as five years of full-time study.

    Work as a lead school psychologist in a school district. Advance to supervisory positions in school psychology or pupil services. Become a faculty member in a school psychology degree program.

     In our comprehensive program, based in Western Pennsylvania, you can streamline your studies to earn:

    • an MEd in Educational Psychology,
    • an EdS in School Psychology,
    • and a PhD in School Psychology,

    We accept applications year-round, but applications before January 15  are encouraged to ensure a seat in the program for the following fall semester. 

    Benefits of IUP’s School Psychology PhD

    In this program, you’ll prepare for the continually changing research and the evolving role of school psychologists nationally and in Pennsylvania. In the process, you can take advantage of a number of career benefits:

    • Qualify to become a school psychologist, a field expected to grow 19 percent by 2024 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    • Satisfy the educational needs for individual states, which are increasingly requiring doctoral degrees for their school psychologists.
    • Advance to supervisory positions, or prepare to teach the next generation of school psychologists.

    Earn Your PhD After Entering With a Bachelor’s Degree

    Our doctoral degree in School Psychology is ideal for psychology students looking to expand their horizons beyond the clinical realm. You can enter as soon as you earn your bachelor’s degree, and earn your PhD with as little as five years of full-time study.

     By the time you hold your doctoral degree in hand, you will have all of the qualifications needed for a long and fruitful career in the field.

    Optional: Supervisor of Pupil Services Certification

    While earning your PhD, you can take additional courses and field experiences toward certification as a supervisor of pupil services by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

     The certification will further enhance your qualifications and career prospects. You can also enroll in the certification after you have already earned your doctoral degree.


     Our PhD in School Psychology offers a streamlined course sequence that helps you complete your classwork, internship, and dissertation in as little as five years. Learn about the classes required for graduation in the PhD in School Psychology curriculum.

    Contact Us

    Are you interested in learning more about IUP’s School Psychology PhD? Contact our program coordinator:

    Courtney McLaughlin, Associate Professor
    Room 246, Stouffer Hall
    Phone: 724-357-2299