Ph.D. Program

Program Prerequisites

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 M.A. in School Psychology equivalent to the requirements of the UBC M.A. program (see coursework listed below), graduate or senior undergraduate preparation in Human Development and History and Systems of Psychology, and Biological Bases of Behaviour  Prerequisites not met prior to entry may be included in the doctoral program of study. Students admitted to the Ph.D. program should meet with their academic advisor upon admission 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) to demonstrate that they have met the prerequisites. Transfer from the M.A. to the Ph.D. program is permitted under regulations set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

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 SCPS Graduate Program Assistant 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.

School Psychology Practice Coursework Prerequisites

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 561C (1) Laboratory Practicum  (Integrated Clinic Based)
EPSE 561F (9) Laboratory Practicum (Practicum in School-Based Practicum)
EPSE 589 (9): Masters Internship in School Psychology OR
EPSE 598 (3): Intensive School-Based Practicum (If going directly to the Ph.D. program from the M.A.)

Research Coursework Prerequisites

EPSE 528 (3) Basic Principles of Measurement
EPSE 592 (3) Experimental Designs and Analysis in Educational Research
OR
EPSE 596 (3) Correlational Designs and Analysis in Educational Research

And one additional course from:
EPSE 592 (3) Experimental Designs and Analysis in Educational Research
EPSE 596 (3) Correlational Designs and Analysis in Educational Research
EPSE 593 (3) Design and Analysis of Sample with Small or Single Subjects
EPSE 595 (3) Qualitative Methods in Educational Psychology & Special Education

AND
EPSE 599 (6) Dissertation

Psychological Bases Coursework Prerequisites

Applied Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (EPSE 507) (3)
Theories of Cognitive & Affective Abilities
 (EPSE 553) (3)
History and Systems of Psychology (upper division undergraduate or graduate)
Human Development (upper division undergraduate or graduate)
Biological Bases of Behaviour (upper division undergraduate or graduate)

PhD Program Requirements

The doctoral program in school psychology is designed to prepare doctoral level psychologists who serve as researcher and leaders in school psychology both nationally and internationally, practitioners and supervisors in the field, and trainers of school psychologists at universities. The typical doctoral program is 39 credits, beyond completion of the UBC School Psychology M.A. or equivalent program. The Ph.D. Program of Graduate Study (PGS) for each student is developed to reflect program requirements and individual student career goals, as well as professional and academic background and preparation. Four years of full-time study are required including on-campus coursework, supervised practicum, comprehensive examinations, dissertation, and  pre-doctoral internship.

Advanced Professional Practice

Three advanced professional practice courses (e.g. prevention, intervention, assessment) (approved by program committee) (9)

Multicultural/Diversity Issues

One course in multicultural/diversity issues (e.g., multi-cultural counseling, families & diversity; indigenous education) (3)

Measurement, Evaluation, Research Methods Coursework

Qualitative research methodologies (e.g., EPSE 595) (3)
Quantitative research methodologies (e.g., EPSE 682, EPSE 593, EPSE 681, EPSE 597) (3)
One additional advanced measurement, evaluation or research methods course, appropriate to the student’s goals (3)

Dissertation (EPSE 699) (0)

Psychology Bases*

Community-Based Systems (EPSE 633) (3)

Practicum/Internship

Supervision Practicum (EPSE 688) (3)
Specialty Practicum (EPSE 687) (3)
Doctoral Internship (EPSE 689) (9)

Comprehensive Examination

UBC M.A. Equivalent +33 Credits

APPLICANT SUMMARY & STUDENT CHARACTERISTICS

Overview: The Ph.D. program in School Psychology at the University of British Columbia is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). Admission to the Ph.D. program is highly competitive.  The UBC M.A. or equivalent is required for all students admitted to the Ph.D. program.   This includes a data-based thesis or equivalent research project.  The typical applicant to the UBC Ph.D. program in School Psychology completed a M.A. in School Psychology at UBC.  However, students from other universities are considered.

Number of applicants, offered admission, acceptance, attending and students receiving financial support, for 2007 to 2013

2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013
Number of Applicants

6

4

3

5

5

5

Number Offered Admissions

3

0

3

2

2

3

Number Accepting Offer & Attending

3

0

3

2

2

3

Number Receiving Financial Support

2

0

3

2

2

3

Attrition: Few students who begin the Ph.D. program in School Psychology at the University of British Columbia leave before completing their degree.  Some students experience personal situations that preclude their ability to complete their program. At this point 2 students who began the program since 2007 have voluntarily withdrawn from the program for personal reasons.

Demographic Information of students enrolled in the program

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

2010-2011

2011-2012

2012-2013

Male

1

0

0

0

0

0

Female

17

14

14

13

12

12

GRE

Verbal Mean

527

530

530

509

521

517

Verbal Median

530

550

550

550

550

540

Quantitative Mean

622

630

630

594

618

631

Quantitative Median

600

610

610

590

610

629

GPA

Mean Undergraduate GPA

83.44%

82.59%

82.59%

83.09%

82.89%

83.10%

Range Undergraduate GPA

71.58%-97.44%

71.58%-92.44%

71.58%-92.44%

71.58%-91.22%

71.58%-95.70%

71.58%-95.70%

Average Graduate GPA

89.17%

87.87%

87.87%

89.42%

88.77%

91.27%

Range Undergraduate GPA

69.66%-95.40%

69.66%-94.36%

69.66%-94.36%

73.60%-94.36%

73.60%-92.80%

84.5%-99.0%

Student Diversity: Data regarding the age of students in the program is not collected and age is not a demographic factor of concern for application to any of our programs in School Psychology.  Individual differences and culturally diversity are respected and encouraged in student recruitment.   However, information on student racial or ethnic diversity is not formally collected.  The majority of our doctoral students are citizens or permanent residents of Canada.  However, students in the Ph.D. program since 2007 come from diverse countries of family origin including Brazil, China, India, Israel, Singapore, and South Africa.  In addition, many speak languages other than English or French.

Number of Students Applied for and Receiving Pre-Doctoral Internship 2007 to 2012.

2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012
Applied for Pre-Doctoral Internship

1

4

5

2

2

Offered a Pre-Doctoral Internship

1

4

5

2

2

Accepted a Pre-Doctoral Internship

1

4

5

2

2

 

Approved by UBC Senate May 2012/PGS Revised July 2012.  Effective for students entering Fall 2013.