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FAQ: Master's Program in Educational Psychology

How long does it take to obtain a master's degree in educational psychology at IUP?

A full-time student can obtain a master's degree in a full calendar year—that is, fall and spring semesters and one summer consisting of two sessions.

Am I required to have a B.A. degree in a related subject area such as psychology or education to be admitted into the master's program?

No, a variety of undergraduate majors are represented among students in the master's program.

What is the difference between the school psychology specialist program and the master's program in educational psychology?

Students in the school psychology specialist program are required to obtain a master's degree in educational psychology before they go on to courses in the specialist program. A master's degree alone does not allow one to practice as a school psychologist in the schools. Certification coursework and an internship (credits beyond the master's degree) are required for the specialist program.

Can I obtain a master's degree attending summers only?

No, it would not be possible to attend only in the summer because some required courses are offered only in the fall or spring semesters. However, it is possible to take several courses in the summer. Most fall and spring courses are offered late in the day, making it possible for those who work full time to still attend classes.

How do I apply?

Applicants for the Master's and Specialist programs are considered only once per year, in the spring. Students start as a cohort group in the fall. All application materials must be received by the Graduate School and the Department before applicants can be considered. Therefore, it is wise to start the application process early. Contact Dr. Mark R. McGowan at if you have questions.

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