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Applying to the School Psychology Program


  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree
  2. Minimum 3.00 overall grade point average in last degree (not credential or certificate) earned from an accredited institution of higher education. An applicant whose overall GPA is less than 3.00 but meets the University minimum GPA requirement and who presents compelling evidence of academic and professional potential, either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background, may be considered for admission at the discretion of the program admissions committee.
  3. Three letters of reference from individuals who can attest to your potential, interest, activity, and past accomplishments relating to pursuing a school psychology credential.  Letters of reference must be accompanied by forms indicating whether the applicant waived his/her right to view the recommendation.
  4. An official transcript obtained from the Educational Testing Services (ETS) for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test score of 300 (1000 for old test) or higher for the combined Verbal and Quantitative portions of the test or copies of official transcripts verifying completion of a master's degree in a related field. 
  5. Resume
  6. Typewritten, double-spaced essay (no more than 4 pages) on either one of the following subjects: Personal Statement or Topic Essay. For more details see page 12 in the School Psychology Application

Admissions Procedures...

 Step 1: Apply to the California State University of Long Beach. This should be done online using CSU Mentor. To access this application, go to Application to the University. Note that you must mail an official transcript to:

Enrollment Services/Admissions, Brotman Hall Room 101, CSU Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840-0106

Step 2: Apply specifically to the School Psychology program using the School Psychology Application.This program only admits students in the Fall. This application should be sent as one complete packet containing all documents listed on the Application Checklist to:

CSULB Graduate Studies Office, College of Education, EED-7, CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA, 90840-2201

***If you have questions about completing the university or program application, please contact the Graduate Studies Office at 562/985-8476 or ced-gradstudies@csulb.edu.

Step 3: Screening Interview: Some applicants will be invited to an interview. Interviews are conducted with two program faculty members. The purpose of the interview is to observe you in an interactive situation. Be prepared to verbalize your ideas and opinions. If you are selected you will be notified of the interview time and date via e-mail.

  • Save the date-Program interviews will be held March 17, 2017 from 9:00AM-5:00PM   Please note date has been rescheduled for                     *** March 24,2017 from 9:00am-5:00pm***

 Step 4: Notification: Applicants will be notified by e-mail of the School Psychology faculty's decision regarding admittance to the program. You should check e-mail regularly, and set your SPAM filter to accept e-mail from the school psychology program and the CSULB College of Education Graduate Office.

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last updated — Sep 26, 2016