School and Applied Child Psychology

The School and Applied Child Psychology program prepares graduate students to become psychologists who work in schools, academic, research, community and private practice settings.

Top Five Reasons to do your graduate study with the School and Applied Child Psychology Program at UBC:


Welcoming Scholarly Community. Our program scholars address a wide range of research interests and influence policy and practice. Social justice and providing a socially relevant scholarly environment are central to the approach taken by our faculty and students in the work we do. Active research grants allow many opportunities for student involvement, employment, and independent research. UBC is consistently ranking among the 40 best universities globally, and now places among the top 20 public universities in the world


Outstanding career prospects. School Psychology is consistently listed as a “best career” by US News and World Report. There are many job openings across Canada and worldwide, with excellent salaries and benefits. School psychologists, as academics, researchers, and in practice are in very high demand. Our graduates have no difficulty getting employment upon graduation.


Extensive practical experiences. From day one, you’ll apply what you learn in your courses in schools and communities. M.Ed. students participate in course based practicums in year one followed by a 10-month school and clinic based placement in year two and a 1200- hour (10 month) paid school-based internship in year three. M.A. students complete 9-month practicums in schools and clinic in years one and two then move to the Ph.D. where they complete practicum schools (Year 1 Ph.D.) and community placements (Year 2 Ph.D.) in settings such as mental health/health agencies, developmental and other community based clinics, as well developing skills in supervision, and a full-year (12 month) paid internship in year four or five.


Supportive and inclusive environment. We admit cohorts of students who progress through the program together. Students have close contact with program faculty members throughout their graduate training. A strong emphasis is placed on equity, diversity, inclusivity, and social justice in all aspects of our program through courses, seminars, practicum experiences, and other endeavors. You will also get support from your peers, the School and Applied Child Psychology graduate student assistant, and an advanced student mentor provided to you upon admission. There are abundant professional, social, service, and support events.


Location. Vancouver is a diverse cosmopolitan city with a vibrant downtown, mountains and beaches, unmatched outdoor opportunities and a mild climate. It is regularly ranked in the top five cities to live in the world.