As a part of our series on How to Fully Fund Your Master’s Degree, here is a list of universities that offer fully funded Master’s programs in School Psychology for all or most of their students. Earning a Master’s degree in School Psychology can lead to a variety of career options, including counseling, social work, human resources positions, and further academic work and research. This list includes School Psychology Master’s programs across the United States that offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with students and opportunities for teaching and graduate assistantships to fully fund their degree.
“Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission and an annual stipend or salary for the duration of the student’s master’s studies. Fully funded Master’s programs in School Psychology can be difficult to find because most universities focus their funding on Ph.D. students. This disparity means that Master’s candidates can have a harder time securing scholarships and funding. However, many universities do offer fully funded Master’s programs on the basis that the student will teach or perform research in their field of study. Not all universities provide full funding to their master’s students, so it’s important to research the financial aid offerings of all the potential Master’s programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
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Miami University, based in Oxford, Ohio, offers a fully funded Master’s in School Psychology. Miami’s school psychology program is a NASP/CAEP accredited, combined Masters (MS) and Educational Specialist (EdS) degree program. The MS degree is earned during the first portion of the program which leads to a school psychologist licensure. Students gain training in assessment, intervention, consultation, mental health counseling, and research methodology. This department values assistantships, so they are very competitive and typically carry a full or partial tuition waiver, and a stipend for a specific number of hours worked.
Northern Arizona University, based in Flagstaff, Arizona, offers a fully funded Master’s in School Psychology. The School Psychology graduate program has been designed to prepare school psychologists through the scientist-practitioner model. To be awarded a graduate assistantship, students must be full-time, graduate degree-seeking students, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. As a graduate assistant, you will receive a stipend, a 100% tuition waiver, and a waiver of the student health insurance premium. The minimum stipend for full-time GAs has increased to $15,000 for Master’s level students.
The University of Texas at Austin offers a fully funded Master’s in School Psychology. The School Psychology Master’s program (Specialist in School Psychology, M.A. SSP) uses the scientist-practitioner model to prepare students to understand and enhance the development of children and adolescents in context. Current students often serve as Teaching Assistants (TA) and Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA), and many of these positions come with partial tuition waivers, health insurance, parking permit, and a stipend. About 94% of the MA/SSP students obtained funding through fellowships, TAships, and/or GRAships before or during their first semester.
The University of Nebraska Omaha offers a fully funded Master’s degree in School Psychology. The UNO School Psychology curriculum provides a 4-year training program and fully prepares students to be Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP). The graduate program strongly emphasizes the preparation of psychologists for the comprehensive and effective delivery of psychological services in schools. UNO Graduate assistantships and scholarships are available and awarded on a competitive basis. Graduate assistantships are intended as awards to students who have demonstrated high academic performance and potential at the graduate level.
State University of New York at Oswego offers a fully funded Master’s in School Psychology. Graduates from this program will be equipped to work with children in schools to provide comprehensive behavioral and mental health services, including diagnostic assessment, academic and behavioral interventions, consultation to promote both individual and school-wide learning and school-based counseling. Eligible students will receive full tuition scholarships, graduate assistantships with stipends of $35,000 a year, placements in Syracuse City Schools, supervisory and mentoring opportunities, and support to become active members of the professional community.
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