(MS) School Psychology

The MS program provides a strong foundation in school psychology—with a specialization in applied behavior analysis—and seeks to bring the best of the discipline and practice of school psychology and behavior analysis to understanding and enhancing the development of all children.

The program is committed to training school psychologists and behavior analysts who are thoroughly prepared for service and practice in the 21st century and offers a holistic and integrated view of health care—one that treats the whole person and provides the opportunity to consult and collaborate with students from other medical-related disciplines.

The Master of Science in School Psychology program is designed to provide students with a broad theoretical and practical background in psychology, behavior analysis, child development, learning and research. The program requires 33 credits of graduate study and a comprehensive examination. Upon completion of the MS degree, students have fulfilled the required coursework to continue progress towards school psychology certification via the Educational Specialist (EdS) degree and/or have the required coursework to continue to accrue supervised experience towards Behavior Analysis Certification. Students who would like to continue working toward becoming a certified school psychologist can apply to the Educational Specialist in School Psychology Program. The coursework is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), and the MS/EdS program combined is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Plan of Study Grid
Term 1Hours
Summer  
SPSY 524 Basic Principles in Applied Behavioral Analysis 3
SPSY 531 Theories of Learning and Behavior 3
 Hours6
Term 2
Fall  
SPSY 501 Professional School Psychology 2
SPSY 512 Psychometrics 3
 Hours5
Term 3
Winter  
SPSY 504 Developmental Psychology 1
SPSY 507 Exceptional Child 2
SPSY 526 Single Case Experimental Design 3
SPSY 528 Behavior Assessment 3
 Hours9
Term 4
Spring  
SPSY 525 Behavioral Change and System Supports 3
SPSY 535 Clinical Supervision, Management Training 3
SPSY 551 Practicum: Functional Behavioral Assessment 1
 Hours7
Second Year
Term 1
Summer  
SPSY 508 Foundations of Psychotherapy 3
SPSY 527 3
SPSY 598 MS Comprehensive Exam 0
 Hours6
 Total Hours33

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.