M.Ed. 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 prerequisite 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 general test with minimum scores of 153 in verbal and 144 in quantitative.

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).

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.

New registrations--2-1
Total enrolment22333

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 90.91% based on 11 students admitted between 2007-2010. Based on 10 graduating students from 2007-2010 admission cohort the minimum time to completion is 2.99 years and the maximum time is 3.00 years with an average of 3.00 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: 9 March 2018]. 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: 29 September 2017].

Program Requirements

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

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, Emotional, and Behavioural Assessment
EPSE 552 (3) School-Based Interventions
EPSE 561 (1) Laboratory Practicum (Integrated Clinic Based)
EPSE 561 (9) Laboratory Practicum (School-Based Practicum)
EPSE 589 (9) Masters Internship in School Psychology
EPSE 590 (3) Graduating Paper (Portfolio)

Research Coursework

EPSE 528 (3) Basic Principles of Measurement
and ONE 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

Psychological Bases Coursework

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

Total: 55 credits