Master of Science Degree in Counseling Option in School Psychology


Welcome to M.S. in Counseling, Option in School Psychology

Master of Science Degree in Counseling Option in School Psychology


Program Information:

The School Psychology Program at Cal State LA is a graduate program within the Division of Special Education and Counseling in the Charter College of Education. Students have the opportunity to earn a Master of Science degree in Counseling, option in School Psychology.

The mission of the School Psychology Program at Cal State LA is to facilitate complete access to the schooling process for ALL children, youth, and their families with recognition of their diverse, multicultural and linguistic backgrounds. The Master of Science Degree in Counseling, Option in School Psychology is designed for graduate students who plan to work as school psychologists who will focus on the psychoeducational development of individuals from birth to age 21, their abilities and potentialities, biological, emotional, behavioral, and cultural factors that influence the learning process. Candidates who earn the master’s degree with this option also qualify for the Pupil Personnel Services credential with Advanced Specialization in School Psychology and Advanced Specialization in Child Welfare and Attendance Services.

We offer a 3-year, full time program of study. Part time study options are not available. Students should expect most classes to be completed in the evening hours and to be on campus 2-4 days/week.


The M.S. in Counseling, option in School Psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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Program Application and Admission Requirements:

The school psychology program accepts one new cohort of 24 students every year to begin in the Fall semester. No specific undergraduate major is required, nor is a standardized test, such as the GRE. The applicant must complete and submit the university application (CalStateAPPLY). Applications are screened by the Program Admissions Committee and in-person interviews are scheduled for qualified applicants. Every qualified applicant will be required to participate in an in-person interview with the Program Admissions Committee.

In addition to University requirements for admission to graduate study, students:

  • must have a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 semester units or 90 quarter units attempted
  • must complete an undergraduate level inferential statistics class (must be completed prior to students' second year in the program)

Below are links to tutorial videos for the Cal State/Cal State Apply and Master's Program Application process: