M.A. Program


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,
  • Course work in statistics, and research methodology
  • 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.

Students 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.

Applicants for whom English is not their primary language should write the GRE but inform the admissions committee of this fact. Minimum TOEFL scores are 600 (paper), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based: 22 Reading, 22 Writing, 25 Listening, 25 Speaking).

M.A. applicants are required to submit additional documentation that outlines their prior research experience, as well as potential research interests. Each applicant is encouraged to provide a sample of their professional writing (e.g. honours thesis, published manuscript, conference paper, etc).

Mandatory Criminal Record Checks:  All School Psychology students MUST have a criminal record check completed through the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Teacher Education Office prior to the start of classes.  The application DEADLINE to authorize the Criminal Records Check is August 31 to allow sufficient time for the results to be returned to the Practicum and Internship Coordinator prior to beginning practicum placements in the schools in September.  The criminal record check CANNOT be done at a local police station or RCMP office. Learn more about Criminal Record Checks.

Enrollment Data

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Applications 38 35 37 18 25
Offers 12 9 12 8 7
New Registrations 9 8 6 6 5
Total Enrollment 19 20 23 22 21

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 91% based on 11 students admitted between 2006 – 2009. Based on 16 graduations between 2012 – 2015 the minimum time to completion is 2.67 years and the maximum time is 6.00 years with an average of 3.40 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 8 April 2016].

Program Requirements

Students should consult with their Advisor for the typical sequence of courses for the M.A. program in School Psychology. Individual programs vary depending on student academic background and preparation, as well as academic and professional goals.

The program is designed as a three-year program with two years of full time study on campus, including some summer coursework, and an internship and thesis research in Year 3.

Students develop an individual program of studies with their advisor, have it reviewed and approved by the school psychology program committee and file an official Program of Graduate Studies (PGS) with the ECPS Department Graduate Office during their first term of study. Once the Program of Graduate Studies is approved, any subsequent changes, additions or deletions require the approval of the advisor, student, and Department Graduate Coordinator.

Practice Coursework

EPSE 550 (3) Professional, Ethical, and Legal Issues In School Psychology
EPSE 551 (3) School Based Consultation
EPSE 554 (3) Practicum in Cognitive Assessment
EPSE 531(3) Curriculum-Based Assessment and Intervention
EPSE 534 (3) Academic Assessment in Schools
EPSE 535 (3) Social and Emotional Assessment in Schools
EPSE 552 (3) School-Based Interventions
EPSE 561 (1) Laboratory Practicum I (Integrated Clinic Based)
EPSE 561 (9) Laboratory Practicum II (School-Based Practicum)
EPSE 589(9): Masters Internship in School Psychology

Research Coursework

EPSE 528 (3) Basic Principles of Measurement
and TWO of the following:
EPSE 592 (3) Experimental Designs and Analysis in Educational Research OR
EPSE 596 (3) Correlational Designs and Analysis in Educational Research OR
EPSE 593 (3) Design and Analysis of Sample with Small or Single Subjects OR
EPSE 595 (3) Qualitative Methods in Educational Psychology & Special Education
EPSE 599 (6) Thesis

Psychological Bases Coursework*

EPSE 507 (3) Applied Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
EPSE 553 (3) Theories of Cognitive Abilities

*Students should discuss this with their advisor if they should take any of the following as a part of their M.A. degree:  EPSE 505 (3) Human Development in Education (or equivalent)
CNPS 587 (3) History & Systems in Psychology (or equivalent)
EPSE 568 (3) Applied Developmental Neuropsychology (or equivalent)
EPSE 569 (3) Social Psychological Foundations in Applied Psychology (or equivalent)

Total: 61 credits

Students in the MA can request application directly to the PhD program from the MA degree. Instead of a 1-year internship in year 3, the students going directly to the PhD program complete an intensive field practicum in the fall of year 3.