MA in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology with Emphasis in School Psychology

The Masters of Arts (M.A.) program in School Psychology is completed concurrently with the Doctoral (Ph.D.) program in School Psychology. The M.A. program itself is not a terminal degree program. Students admitted to the Doctoral program in School Psychology (Ph.D.) who have already completed an advanced degree in School Psychology or a related field, including completion of a data-based graduate level research project, may not be required to complete a Masters of Education (M.A.) program in School Psychology. Students admitted to the Ph.D. degree program typically complete degree requirements (coursework and comprehensive examination) for the Masters of Arts by the end of their second year in the program. Students admitted to the M.A./Ph.D. programs in School Psychology are prepared to support the learning, behavior, and mental health of youth and their families as well as support the enhancement of the educational and mental health systems that serve those children and families. Through coursework as well as research, clinical, and teaching experiences, graduates are prepared to serve as leaders in clinical settings as well as researcher/scholars in higher education settings. Completion of the M.A. program alone does not lead to licensure as a Psychologist nor state certification as a School Psychologist; however, graduates of both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs are eligible for licensure as a Psychologist and state certification as a School Psychologist, pending completion of additional examinations specified in their intended jurisdiction.  

Degree Requirements

General Core26
Foundations of Educational and Psychological Measurement
Research in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
Master's Thesis in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
Professional Iss. in Sch. Psych. I:Hist., Trends & Ethical Pract.
Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents: Cognitive Assessment
Psychological Assessment in Children and Adolescents: Behavior and Social Emotional Assessment
Psychological Interventions with Children and Adolescents: Behavioral Intervention
Psychological Interventions with Children and Adolescents: Educational Instruction
School Psychology Practicum: Introduction
Psychological Foundations (select from the following): 6
Lifespan Development
Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychological Practice
Cognition and Emotion
Developmental Psychopathology and Exceptionality
Multicultural Issues in Counseling
Social Bases of Behavior
Advanced History and Systems of Psychology
Biological Basis of Behavior

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Sample Plan of Study

First Year
ESC_PS 80823ESC_PS 81003
ESC_PS 81253ESC_PS 81453
ESC_PS 81403ESC_PS 81603
ESC_PS 82501ESC_PS 82501
 ESC_PS 90004
 10 14
Second Year
ESC_PS 80953ESC_PS 80953
ESC_PS 85303 
 6 3
Total Credits: 33

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Thesis/Non-Thesis Requirements

Students are required to complete a data-based research project in order to earn their M.A. in School Psychology. Students have two options, the master’s thesis or the master’s manuscript, both requiring similar scholarly and scientific rigor to their project. The thesis option requires that students comply with the graduate school expectations for committee membership and formatting, while the manuscript option does not. Students taking the latter option often format their manuscript for publication in professional journals.


Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the MA in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology program and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School. Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility, and application process. Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

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