Application Information

Application deadline is December 1.

  • Your application (and all supporting documents) must be submitted by December 1 to be considered for admission for September of the following year.
  • Referees will not be able to submit their electronic references after December 1. Please apply as early as possible.
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SCPS Prerequisites

Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully read the mission goals, and competencies statements for the School Psychology program at the University of British Columbia prior to preparing the Career Objective, Statement of Proposed Research Focus and Reasons for Wanting to Pursue Graduate Studies in School Psychology at UBC portions of their application. In addition, applicants should highlight their interests as they relate to the research and teaching of the core program faculty in School Psychology at UBC.

In addition to the minimum admission requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies (normally, a four-year bachelor's degree with a B+ average in third and fourth year-level course work) in a relevant area of study, students are required to meet the following pre-requisite requirements:

  • A minimum of 18 credits in Psychology, Educational Psychology, or Special Education and related disciplines. Other than the courses in statistics, research methods any courses in these areas will meet the requirement. However, students are encouraged to have background or coursework in areas most relevant to school psychology practice (child development, learning, exceptional students, classroom management, behaviour disorders, abnormal psychology, etc.). It is not necessary to have a degree in psychology or education to apply.
  • Course work in both statistics and research methodology with content similar to the UBC courses EPSE 481: Introduction to Research in Education and EPSE 482: Introduction to Statistics for Research in Education. Applicants should carefully consider if the specific content of their statistics and research methodology courses is similar to EPSE 481 and 482 because these courses are pre-requisites to required statistics and research methodology courses during the first year of the MA/MEd programs. Note: Completing a data-based honours thesis meets the research methods prerequisite.
  • Evidence of suitability for professional work with school-aged populations, including successful work experience with school-aged populations, school-based experience and/or teacher certification. Note that teaching certification is not required.
  • In addition to required prerequisites listed above, applicants are also strongly encouraged to have prior coursework in measurement. Examples of such courses at UBC include: EPSE 421, 423, PSYC 303, PSYC 323

Find detailed information on SCPS MA and MEd prerequisites, applicant summary and student characteristics.

In addition to the minimum admission requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, students admitted to the Ph.D. degree program normally possess a MA in School Psychology equivalent to the requirements of the UBC MA program (see coursework prerequisites listed under SCPS PhD program). Students admitted to the Ph.D. program should meet with their academic advisor upon admissions to the program (and no later than the first semester of their doctoral study) to identify if prerequisites have been met. Students may be asked to meet with instructors for the courses and/or provide documentation such as course syllabi, work samples, etc. to demonstrate that they have met the prerequisites. Prerequisites not met prior to entry may be included in the doctoral program of study. Transfer from the MA to the Ph.D. program is permitted under regulations set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Find detailed information on SCPS PhD program prerequisites, applicant summary and student characteristics.

Program Requirements

Graduate Record Examination (GRE):

Applicants for all SCPS programs (M.Ed., M.A., and Ph.D.) are required to complete the GRE with minimum scores of 153 in verbal and 144 in quantitative or 500 in both verbal and quantitative categories for GRE administrations before August 2011.  The psychology subject exam is optional and not required.  Applicants for whom English is not their primary language should write the GRE but inform the admissions committee of this fact.

Learn more about English language requirements for international students.

Supporting Documents

  • Completed online application
  • Two (2) official sets of transcripts/degree certificates from all colleges and universities attended except UBC
  • CV
  • Evidence of English Proficiency (Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction)
  • 3 original letters of reference
    • Letters should address both academic preparation and suitability for advanced study in professional school psychology including work with children and youth. At least two references should be familiar with the student’s recent academic preparation. At least one reference must be able to address background and suitability for professional practice with children and youth