Minimum requirements for admission to the S.S.P Program include:
1) An undergraduate degree in psychology from an accredited institution or a BA/BS degree from an accredited institution with 12 or more hours of psychology coursework including behavioral sciences (psychology) statistics. Courses taken to remediate, or as prerequisite requirements, do not receive credit in the program.
2) A undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 point scale).
3) A combined Verbal and Quantitative Graduate Record Examination score (GRE) of at least 288 taken within the past 5 years.
4) At least two letters of recommendation. One reference must be from a professor familiar with your academic performance, while the other reference is ideally a second professor or an employer (current or past).
5) A personal letter of intent describing the applicant's career and academic goals, familiarity with the profession, and other relevant information.
6) A face-to-face or phone interview.
7) A current resume / vita.
Students who have completed graduate work at another institution must meet all stated minimum application requirements. Graduate students may be permitted to apply up to 12 hours of transfer credit at the discretion of the School Psychology Training Committee and the Chairman of the Psychology Department, although generally, no applied courses will be transferred.
Admission to the Specialist in School Psychology Program is a two-part process. Applicants must apply to the Office of Graduate Studies through the online process. At the same time, applicants should direct letters of reference, personal letter of intent, and vita / resume to the Director of the Specialist in School Psychology Program. Acceptance by the LSUS Office of Graduate Studies does not mean that you have been admitted into the SSP program, only that you have been admitted to take graduate coursework. You may be admitted to the SSP program only after the program director and training committee reviews all application materials and then recommends your admission into the program.
Application packages should be submitted to:
Specialist in School Psychology Program Director
Department of Psychology
One University Place
Shreveport, Louisiana 71115
Office Phone: (318) 797-5043
All application materials (program application, transcripts, references, letter of intent, and "official" GRE scores) must be received prior to June 30 for entry in the fall semester. Applications missing any materials by the June 30 deadline will be considered incomplete.
It should be noted that although June 30th is the final deadline set by LSUS Graduate Studies, the program begins reviewing applications and strives to complete admission decisions by April 15. It is critical to finalize your application as early as possible, as only 8-10 candidates are admitted each year.
Although spring and summer entry into the program of study is possible, only a limited number of courses can be taken and the program of study will then extend beyond three years. Part-time enrollment for candidates who enter the program during spring is limited to three "pre-sequence" introductory courses: PSYC 601, PSYC 609, and PSYC 723.
The Program Director will notify you regarding the admission decision within approximately 3 weeks of receipt of your complete application. Once the applicant confirms his or her acceptance, instructions for initial advising will be communicated prior to the Fall semester.