Program Admission

Our application process is competitive and we receive many more applications than we can accept each year. Please note that the School Psychology program admits only full-time students. We strive to provide assistantship support to all of our students. Please see below for important application procedures.  We encourage students with cultural and individual diversity to apply to the program.

To be admitted to the School Psychology program, you must first apply to Miami University’s Graduate School. All application materials are submitted online via the university application portal.

  • Official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Be sure to indicate on the online application if you are interested in an assistantship.
  • Three professional letters of reference from faculty or other persons who can provide information about your potential for graduate study and your interpersonal skills.
    • Applicants will neither collect nor submit the letters but instead need only to list their references' names, titles and work email addresses on their applications. Miami University will contact your references and collect your letters online via the application system.
  • A resume detailing your education and work experience.
  • An essay stating your reasons for pursuing the degree. Please tell us about your goals and why you are seeking admission to Miami’s program. The essay should be a minimum of 500 words.
  • Optional: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. Those who choose to take and submit scores for the General test, please request that your scores be sent directly to Miami University (code R1463) and indicate School Psychology as the department code name. See GRE registration information on their website. Our program has made the GRE General Test optional for admission, beginning with the fall 2021 class. You may submit scores if you have them, and they will be considered by the admissions committee. Applications without GRE scores will be given equal consideration.

If you experience difficulty with uploading documents or need additional support, please  contact the EDP Administrative Assistants (edp@miamioh.edu). You are also welcome to contact Dr. Katy Mezher (krohnkr@miamioh.edu), Program Coordinator & Associate Clinical Professor.

Admission Deadlines and Selection Process

Completed applications must be received by Jan. 15 to be considered for fall admission. In order to facilitate admission, you should submit all application materials through the online application portal prior to the deadline. You may check with the EDP Administrative Assistants (edp@miamioh.edu) at any time concerning missing items or the status of your application.

We are a competitive program and we typically accept 10-12 students per cohort.

Miami’s program ascribes to NASP's Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity policy. NASP has a long standing commitment to the just and fair treatment of all persons. One of the 10 domains of foundational school psychology practice that is listed in NASP's 2020 Practice Model is "Equitable Practices for Diverse Student Populations.” Our program is committed to recruiting, admitting, and retaining students who broaden the cultural, racial, linguistic, gender, and socioeconomic diversity of the field of school psychology, and to those who demonstrate respect for diversity in development and learning and show interest in learning best practices in equitable service provision.

Applicants are evaluated based on:

  • academic record
  • personal goals and fit with program aims
  • previous related work or experiences
  • letters of recommendation
  • interpersonal skills

School psychology faculty will begin to review applicants on or before the January 15th deadline. After the deadline, finalists will be selected and invited to interviews with faculty, staff, and current students in early February. Interviews historically have taken place in-person; however since the covid-19 pandemic, the program Interview Day has included virtual and/or in-person interviewing options. Interview Day consists of (1) an orientation to the program, (2) individual and group interviews with faculty, staff, and current students, (3) a tour of the McGuffey Hall facility and Miami University campus, and (4) an in-person or remote/Zoom session with a current school psychology student-intern. Because we can only accommodate a limited number of on-campus interviewees, and in recognition that some students may not be able to travel for in-person interviews, some students may be offered video conference interviews. Final decisions about the acceptance of candidates for admission into the program will be made in February or March.