Research course

Psychology: School

St John's University · St John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Entry requirements

For admittance to the program, applicants must: •Possess a baccalaureate degree •Satisfy the department that his or her undergraduate preparation indicates a high potential for successful advanced study in psychology •Submit transcripts of undergraduate and any prior graduate work •Have completed a minimum of 24 undergraduate credits in psychology, including courses in Introductory Psychology, Statistics, and a laboratory course •Submit three to five letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an individual who will address the matter of the applicant's research potential •Submit two papers from psychology courses: one a laboratory paper and one a term paper •Provide a clearly written statement of educational and professional goals •Submit acceptable scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (general) •Complete an interview process with the departmental admissions committee •Students currently matriculated for a master's degree at St. John's University who are interested in the University's doctoral programs must follow the procedure outlined for new applicants. •Students who have a Masters in School Psychology and a permanent or provisional certification in school psychology can apply for advanced standing status. •The application deadline for the School Psychology Psy.D. Program is December 31. •Students accepted for admission to a doctoral program with any course deficiencies must remove these deficiencies prior to matriculation. Prior to beginning required supervised clinical hours at the University Clinics and external clinical placement sites, students will be required to undergo and successfully pass a Criminal Background Check, at a cost of approximately $100.

Months of entry


Course content

In accordance with the Vincentian mission of St. John's University and the 11 stated training goals for the Graduate Programs in School Psychology, the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) Program in School Psychology specifically aims to prepare doctoral candidates to be:

  • Psychologists who can review the theoretical and empirical literature on a professional topic and draw conclusions concerning how research will drive professional practice.
  • Psychologists who can conceptualize psychological problems of children, and adolescents and their families, and construct professional assessment or treatment plans to resolve their problems.
  • Psychologists who can answer professional questions with the collection of empirical data.
  • Psychologists who can develop programs that meet the educational and mental health needs of children and their families.
  • Psychologists who can base all professional activities on sound scientific theory and data.
  • Psychologists who can perform all professional activities with the highest professional standards in compliance with ethical principles.
  • Psychologists who can be committed to service to the community.
  • Psychologists who can appreciate and consider the diversity of social and cultural experiences that influence human behavior.

Qualification and course duration


full time
60-72 months

Course contact details

Robert Medrano