Master of Arts in School Psychology (MA)

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Arts
Subject
Education
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
School Psychology
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty
Faculty of Education
 

Applicant Information

The Master of Arts in School Psychology program is not accepting applications for admission to the 2018 Winter Session (September 2018).

Overview

The primary goal of the program is to develop professional psychologists whose research, training and practice activities increase the educational and psychological wellbeing of children and youth. The School Psychology program follows a scientist-practitioner model, with emphasis on the integration of theory, research and clinical skills. Training encompasses academic, social, behavioral, consultation, intervention and prevention domains, and students receive training in the integration of assessment and intervention and in relevant professional, legal and ethical issues. Science and professional practice are viewed as interactive and complementary, with research integrated across core psychological and educational foundations training as well as relevant practical experiences at all levels of the program.

What makes the program unique?

Top Five Reasons to join the School Psychology program at UBC:

  1. Productive faculty research. Our program has award-winning scholars, whose wide range of research interests influence policy and practice. Active research grants allow many opportunities for student involvement, employment, and independent research. And UBC is currently ranked one of the top 35 universities in the world!
  2. Extensive practical experiences. From day one, you’ll be applying what you learn in our courses right in the K–12 classroom. At the masters level you will participate in two full-year practicum placements followed by a one-year paid internship. At the doctoral level you will have your pick of specialty placements in the field of education and mental health, a practicum focused on developing skills in supervision, and a full-year paid internship.
  3. Outstanding career prospects. School Psychology is consistently listed as a “best career” by US News and World Report. There are many job openings across Canada and worldwide, with excellent salaries and benefits. School Psychology practitioners and professors are both currently in very high demand.
  4. Supportive environment. We admit cohorts of students who progress through the program together. Students have close contact with program faculty members throughout their graduate training. You will also get support from your peers, the school psychology graduate student assistant, and an advanced student mentor provided to you upon admission. There are abundant social gatherings and yearly program retreats.
  5. Location. Vancouver is a diverse cosmopolitan city with a vibrant downtown, mountains and beaches, unmatched outdoor opportunities and a mild climate. It is regularly ranked in the top five cities to live in the world.
 

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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

90
22
22
25
25

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Criminal Record Check

This program contains a practicum component for which a criminal record check is required.

GRE required?

Required by all applicants

Career Options

The masters programs are designed to prepare students for eligibility for provincial (BCASP) and national (NCSP) certification and examination during their first year of employment. Students also qualify as applicants for registration as an Associate Psychologist with the College of Psychologists in British Columbia. The School Psychology program prepares graduate students to become psychologists who work in schools, academic, research, community and private practice settings.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$102.00$165.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$2,288.33$3,645.83
Tuition per year$6,864.99$10,937.49
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $1,500.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$923.38 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20162015201420132012
Applications3835371825
Offers1291287
New registrations98665
Total enrolment1920232221

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 93.75% based on 16 students admitted between 2007 - 2010. Based on 21 graduations between 2013 - 2016 the minimum time to completion is 2.67 years and the maximum time is 6.00 years with an average of 3.48 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 12 July 2017]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 29 September 2017].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Cloth, Allison (Adolescence, Adolescent development, Child and Family Counseling in School Settings, Interventions, Mentoring, Program Evaluation, Social Justice, Young People Placed )
  • Ford, Laurie (Early Childhood Assessment, Youth and Families)
  • McKee, William (Children and Youth with Special Needs, Consultation and Interventions, Ethical and Legal Issues in School Psychology, Integrated Service Delivery, Multi-disciplinary Teams, Professional; development and implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for students identified with special needs)
  • Mercer, Sterett (Curriculum-based measurement, student-teacher relationships, teacher influence on student peer relations)
  • Weber, Rachel (Bilingualism and Second Language Learners, Cognitive Development, Executive Functioning, Neuropsychology and Neuropsychological Assessment, Pediatric Cancer; Cognitive Development in At-Risk Populations, Cognitive Correlates of Bilingualism and Second Language Learning, Development and Application of Executive Functioning Skills, Neurocognitive Functioning in Pediatric Cancer Survivors)
 
 

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