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 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).

M.A. applicants are required to submit additional documentation that outlines their prior research experience, as well as potential research interests.

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.

Enrollment Data

Academic Year 2018-2019
2017-2018 2016-2017 2015-2016 2014-2015 2013-2014
Applications 46 38 35 37 18
Offers 5 12 9 12 8
New Registrations 4 8 6 6 5
Total Enrollment 21 22 19 20 23 22

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 97% based on 38 students admitted between 2010 – 2015. Based on 34 graduations between 2013 – 2018 the minimum time to completion is 2.5 years and the maximum time is 4.5 years with an average of 2.91 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.

Program Requirements

The program is designed as a three-year program with two years of full time study on campus, and an internship and thesis research 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
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

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 and Affective Abilities

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.