School Psychology Programs

Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology (PsyD)

An applicant to the doctor of psychology in school psychology program must have completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field at a regionally accredited college or university, with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher prior to matriculation. Applicants must have completed, prior to admission the following foundational coursework:

  • 6 credits of English
  • 6 credits of Math
  • 15 additional credits of Psychology coursework

Transcripts will be carefully reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Transfer Policy

A candidate who currently holds a graduate degree in psychology or a related field may be eligible to have up to 30 credits of graduate work transferred towards the PsyD degree program. Eligibility for course transfer is as follows:

  • Each course must have been taken in an APA-accredited or NASP-approved program within a 7 year period.
  • A grade of “B” or better is required for each course
  • A syllabus for each course must be submitted for Program Director review.
  • At least 2 graded assignments (per course) must be submitted for Program Director review

 or

  • An exam may be completed to demonstrate content knowledge.

It is the discretion of the program director as to which courses can be transferred based on the above criteria.

The online application will be available beginning in the fall 2021 term at https://explore.pcom.edu/apply/.

This program utilizes a rolling admissions policy, so applications will be considered throughout the year as they are received. Students will be accepted into the program until the desired class size is reached. Classes begin in the summer/fall term (early June/August).

The Admissions Committee screens applications, invites some applicants for an interview, evaluates the applicants and selects new students. Following the completion of the admission process, each applicant will be notified of the Admission's Committee decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Official scores from the GRE general test (PCOM institutional code for GRE – 2662). The GRE may be waived if the applicant has a 3.3 or higher undergraduate GPA .
  • Writing sample (preferably graded)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We will accept electronic transcripts via email from Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse to admissions@pcom.edu. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to recommend@pcom.edu. All other admissions documents can be sent to admissions@pcom.edu.

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology (PhD)

Applicants must possess a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in psychology, counseling, education or a related field with a B average or better and have obtained professional certification in their chosen field.

Applicants must have completed, prior to admission, the following foundational coursework:

  • Statistics/Research
  • Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology
  • Developmental or Lifespan Psychology

The online application will be available beginning in the fall 2021 term at https://explore.pcom.edu/apply/.

This program utilizes a rolling admissions policy, so applications will be considered throughout the year as they are received. Students will be accepted into the program until the desired class size is reached. Classes begin in the fall term (early August).

The Admissions Committee screens applications, invites some applicants for an interview, evaluates the applicants and selects new students. Following the completion of the admission process, each applicant will be notified of the Admission's Committee decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less)
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We will accept electronic transcripts via email from Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse to admissions@pcom.edu. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to recommend@pcom.edu. All other admissions documents can be sent to admissions@pcom.edu  .

Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology (EdS)

An applicant to the educational specialist degree in school psychology program must have successfully completed a undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in psychology, counseling, education or a related field with a B average or better prior to matriculation.

It is expected that students enter the school psychology program with adequate academic preparation to undertake graduate studies, and a knowledge base that is equivalent to an undergraduate major in psychology. Students entering the program must have:

  • 6 credits of English
  • 6 credits of Math
  • 15 credits of psychology or relevant electives

At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, students may be required to take additional prerequisite courses that would enhance their preparation for the graduate program.

The educational specialist degree in school psychology program utilizes a rolling admissions policy. Therefore, applications will be considered throughout the year as received until the desired enrollment has been achieved. The online application will be available beginning in the fall 2021 term at https://explore.pcom.edu/apply/.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official scores from the GRE general test (PCOM GRE code is 2662). This requirement may be waived for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We will accept electronic transcripts via email from Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse to admissions@pcom.edu. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to recommend@pcom.edu. All other admissions documents can be sent to admissions@pcom.edu.

Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis (MS)

An applicant to the master of science in Applied Behavioral Analysis program must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in psychology, education or a related field with a B average or better prior to matriculation.

It is expected that students enter the master's program with adequate academic preparation to undertake graduate studies, and a knowledge base that is equivalent to an undergraduate major in psychology. Students entering the program must have:

  • 6 credits of English
  • 6 credits of Math
  • 15 credits of psychology or relevant electives 

At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, students may be required to take additional prerequisite courses that would enhance their preparation for the graduate program.

The online application will be available beginning in the fall 2021 term at https://explore.pcom.edu/apply/.

This program utilizes a rolling admissions policy, so applications will be considered throughout the year as they are received. Students will be accepted into the program until the desired class size is reached. Classes begin in the fall term (early August).

The Admissions Committee screens applications, invites some applicants for an interview and writing sample, evaluates the applicants and selects new students. Following the completion of the admission process, each applicant will be notified of the Admission's Committee decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A general autobiographical statement explaining you interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less)
  • Official scores from the GRE general test (PCOM institutional GRE code – 2662). This requirement may be waived for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We will accept electronic transcripts via email from Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse to admissions@pcom.edu. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to recommend@pcom.edu. All other admissions documents can be sent to admissions@pcom.edu.

Applied Behavior Analysis Certificates

Applicants for a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Applied Behavior Analysis must have completed a master’s degree in psychology, education or a related discipline from a regionally-accredited institution with a B average or better. Master’s degrees in other specialty areas will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants for a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Applied Behavior Analysis must have completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology, education or a related discipline from a regionally-accredited institution with a B average or better. Bachelor’s degrees in other specialty areas will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The online application will be available beginning in the fall 2021 term at https://explore.pcom.edu/apply/.

This program utilizes a rolling admissions policy, so applications will be considered throughout the year as they are received. Students will be accepted into the program until a class size is reached. Classes begin in the fall term (early August).

The Admissions Committee screens applications, invites some applicants for an interview, evaluates the applicants and selects new students. Following the completion of the admission process, each applicant will be notified of the Admission's Committee decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Official transcript(s) from all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae or resume

Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities schools attended must be sent directly to:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We will accept electronic transcripts via email, from Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse to admissions@pcom.edu. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to PCOM Admissions in PDF format to recommend@pcom.edu. All other admissions documents can be sent to admissions@pcom.edu.

PCOM fully online courses are not open to applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents for the 2021-2022 academic year.    
In accordance with the March 2020 guidance, new or Initial F and M students who were not previously enrolled in a program of study on March 9, 2020, will not be able to enter the United States as a nonimmigrant student for the 2021-22 academic year if their course of study is 100 percent online. Consistent with this guidance, PCOM cannot issue a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” for a student in new or Initial status who is outside of the United States for courses operating fully online.