The School Psychology program which consists of the MA in Psychology, concentration in School Psychology and the School Psychology Graduate Certificate, is committed to preparing graduate students to practice psychology in educational and clinical settings that serve children, adolescents, and their families. The program is approved by the School Psychology Training Programs of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Students who successfully complete the concentration and the certificate will be eligible for licensure in Virginia by the state Board of Education and certification or licensure in other states as a school psychologist.


Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. Fifteen credits of undergraduate psychology courses are required (General, Statistics, Research Methods/Experimental, Abnormal, and Developmental).


For policies governing all graduate degrees, see Graduate Policies.

With the approval of the academic program coordinator, division director and CEHD Office of Student and Academic Affairs, a maximum of 21 credits may be reduced based on a previously-conferred graduate degree.

Banner Code: E1-MA-PSYC

Degree Requirements 

Total credits: 44-45

Concentration in School Psychology (SCH)


EDCD 525Advanced Human Growth and Development3
or SPSY 597 Special Topics in School Psychology
EDCD 603Counseling Theories and Practice3
Choose one from the following:3-4
Counseling Children and Adolescents
Group Processes and Analyses
Counseling in the Schools
EDRD 629Literacy Foundations and Instruction for School Psychologists3
EDRS 590Education Research3
EDRS 620Quantitative Inquiry in Education3
SPSY 617Child Psychopathology3
SPSY 619Consultation and Applied Behavioral Analysis3
SPSY 671Role and Function of the School Psychologist3
SPSY 672Schools as Systems Practicum in School Psychology3
SPSY 709Cognitive Assessment4
SPSY 710Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Assessment4
SPSY 750Cognitive Assessment Practicum3
SPSY 773Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation in Schools3
Total Credits44-45