Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the University of Oregon School Psychology program. Our nationally-recognized graduate programs provide outstanding opportunities for students who are interested in receiving state-of-the-art training in School Psychology. This scientist-practitioner program operates within a cutting-edge environment that fosters innovation, collegiality, and close mentoring by world-class faculty. If you are interested in a behaviorally-oriented scientist-practitioner training program that focuses on evidence-based practices for primary prevention and early intervention, this program is for you!

Our program operates on a quarter rather than semester schedule, with 3 quarters per academic year, plus a summer session. We offer a 165 credit hour Ph.D. degree, and a 90 credit hour M.S. degree. The doctoral program typically takes 5 years to complete, including a l-year internship experience. Students who are admitted into the doctoral program who have previously earned a specialist or master’s degree in school psychology may be able to complete the program in 3 years. The master's program typically takes 3 years of full-time study to complete, including a l-year internship experience. In addition to the Ph.D. and M.S. programs, we offer on a limited basis a licensure-only program designed for practitioners who already have a master’s degree. To view our specific program requirements and offerings, please go to the links under the "Program Requirements" heading on the Current Students page.

Our doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.1 The doctoral program also has program approval from the National Association of School Psychologists.2 Both our doctoral program and master's program are approved by the Oregon Teachers Standards and Practices Commission. The master’s program is accredited by the Oregon Teachers Standards and Practices Commission3 for the educational licensure of school psychologists in the State of Oregon.

1Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; 202/336-5979;

2National Association of School Psychologists, 4340 East-West Highway, Suite 402, Bethesda, MD, 20814; 301/657-0270;

3Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission , 465 Commercial Street NE, Salem, OR 97301; 503/378-3586;

Approximately 40 students are currently enrolled in the program. Our students typically enter with backgrounds in psychology, education, or related fields. They represent diverse areas of the United States, several other nations, and vary in age, ethnic and cultural background, and prior experiences.

Approximately 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend the University of Oregon, which has over 1,400 teaching and research faculty. The University is located in Eugene, the hub of a metropolitan area with a population of approximately 350,000. Nestled at the southern end of the beautiful Willamette Valley about 100 miles south of Portland, the University is only a one-hour drive to the Pacific Ocean and less than an hour's drive to the Cascade Mountains. The temperate climate and unparalleled geographic diversity and beauty of this area provide for a wonderful outdoor-oriented environment in which to live and work. Eugene was rated as one of the top five university communities in the west in a recent edition of Sunset Magazine. In addition to the beautiful physical location of the University of Oregon and the tremendous outdoor recreation possibilities, the University and surrounding community provide outstanding cultural opportunities, including the Oregon Bach Festival, the Oregon Festival of American Music, the Oregon Country Fair, Eugene’s famous Saturday Market, and NCAA Division-I-A athletic teams. In addition, Eugene is a frequent stop for national touring performing artists.

The School Psychology Program is housed within the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences of the College of Education. Students take coursework from faculty across the College’s programs and from other departments outside the College (e.g., Psychology). In addition, the College of Education houses several research centers and institutes that provide opportunities for faculty and students alike, including the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior, the Center for Education and Community Supports, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Institute for Development of Educational Achievement, and the Child and Family Center.

The 2008-2009 "Best Graduate Schools" edition of U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Oregon's College of Education as the 5th best public graduate college of education in the nation, and the first overall for faculty productivity in funded research (per faculty member in the top 35 schools surveyed).

Coursework Domains

Our students take coursework within seven general domains, including:

  • Psychological and Educational Foundations
  • Measurement and Assessment
  • Statistics and Research
  • Methods of School-Based Intervention
  • Professional School Psychology
  • Practicum Experiences
  • Internship Experience

A complete list of current coursework requirements for both the doctoral and master’s programs is found in our Graduate Student Handbook. A PDF version of the most recent Handbook can be accessed from the homepage or in the Current Students area of this website.

Research Opportunities

Students who attend the University of Oregon find themselves in one of the top applied educational research centers in the world. The nationally-recognized faculty in the School Psychology program and in other graduate programs in the College of Education direct projects that are on the cutting edge of applied research in education. These projects encapsulate a wide range of innovative activities designed to promote development and educational success in children, adolescents, and their families. The School Psychology Program faculty maintain active research programs in function-based assessment and behavior support, assessment of early literacy growth, assessment and intervention of social-emotional problems of children and youth, promoting social and emotional learning and resiliency in schools, and effective interventions for high-risk and antisocial youths.

The special opportunities provided by one of the nation’s top research Colleges of Education are enhanced further by collaboration with other nationally recognized research centers in the community. The Oregon Social Learning Center is a private research and service center that provides research and intervention opportunities with a wide range of children and families, from understanding the normal development of children to treating youth with severe conduct disorders. The Oregon Research Institute has been conducting human services research for 40 years and has more than 35 active research projects, ranging from studies of smoking prevention to community-based interventions to promote positive child and adolescent development. The Pacific Institutes for Research is a private research center activity conducting educational research in areas of literacy, bilingual education, and instructional interventions. The Dynamic Measurement Group, founded by the creators of the Dynamic Indicators of Beginning Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS), is closely associated with the school psychology program, and includes on its staff several participating faculty in our program. The UO School Psychology Program has historical partnerships and opportunities for collaboration with each of these four research centers.

Valuing Diversity

We value the diversity of backgrounds and characteristics that our students bring to the training program, and we actively seek to maintain and increase this diversity. American public schools reflect the rapidly increasing cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity of our nation, and we believe that it is essential for school psychologists to be prepared to be effective with students from a diversity of backgrounds. We are interested in recruiting students from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds to our program.

There are particular opportunities for our students to work in public schools and on research projects where Spanish language competency and interest in working with Latino children and their families is of particular importance. The Hispanic/Latino population is the most rapidly growing ethnic minority group in the State of Oregon and the surrounding region. Thus, we can provide specially-targeted training opportunities for students who have Spanish language skills, and knowledge and interest regarding Latino cultural issues.

The following is a list of resources and contacts related to diversity on the UO campus and in the Eugene-Springfield community that may be useful to prospective students:

College of Education Ethnic Diversity Affairs Committee (EDAC)
UO Office of Multicultural Affairs
Phone: (541) 346-3479
Multicultural Resource Guide to the University of Oregon and the Eugene-Springfield Community
UO Center on Diversity & Community

Admission Information

Our application process involves a two step procedure: 1. Completion of an online general graduate student application from the University of Oregon Graduate School, and 2. Completion of the school psychology program's printed application form and submission of other materials by mail to the program's academic secretary. Completed application packets must be received by January 5, 2010 to be considered for admission for Fall, 2010. Faculty will review completed applications shortly after the January 5 deadline. Applicants are evaluated on: (1) academic record, (2) letters of recommendation, (3) previous related work or experiences, (4) the applicant's written statement of purpose, and (5) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores.

Mean Undergraduate GPA of Incoming Students: 3.62
Mean GRE Scores (Verbal + Quantitative): 1130.29

After the initial file screening, finalists will be selected and invited for on-campus interviews on February 18, 2011. Offers of admission will be made following the on-campus interview process. We typically receive approximately 70-100 applications annually, and 10-12 applicants typically are offered admission. Of those applicants who are offered admission, 8-10 new students typically enter the program each year. More than 90% of first-year students typically return for the remaining years.

Click HERE for more information about applying to the UO School Psychology Program and to download the required program application form.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for several sources of possible funding, including (a) any available training grants, (b) a small number of graduate teaching and research fellowships, and (c) a limited number of scholarships and research awards. Graduate Fellowships provide a modest salary (ranging from approximately $6,000-$13,000 per academic year, depending on the level of FTE), and all instructional fees (tuition charges), not including student fees. Some travel funds and special scholarships are available for recruiting students from ethnic minority groups. Additional information on University scholarship and loan programs is available through the Office of Student Financial Aid, 1278 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1278. The website for this office is located at Deadlines for University financial aid applications are usually prior to February 1.

Tuition Information

The following tuition and basic fee rates have been set by the UO for the 2009-2010 academic year: Resident/in-state – $4,232 per quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring) for 9-16 credit hours, or $12,696 for the academic year; Non-Resident/out-of-state – $5,996 per quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring) for 9-16 credit hours, or $17,988 for the academic year. Click here for a link to the UO Registration website for detailed tuition and fee structure information.

Housing Information

Information regarding graduate residence halls and student family housing may be obtained by writing to the Housing Office, 1220 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1220,

Program Information Brochure

Our detailed program information brochure for prospective students may be viewed and printed by clicking here (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). You may also request a brochure and application materials by mail.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding our program.

For More Information

If, after reading the information on this webpage, you have any additional questions about applying for 2008-2009 admission to the program, please contact our graduate secretary, Emily Cornell by e-mail ( or by phone (541-346-1638).

Public Disclosure Information:

Accredited doctoral programs in psychology are required by the American Psychological Association and the U.S. Department of Education to provide accurate information in their public materials regarding expectations and costs associated with the program, as well as various student and graduate outcome data. For convenience of prospective students and the general public, we have assembled all these required data into one "Public Disclosure" page of our website. Click HERE to view this page.