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Department of Psychology

School Psychology Program Application Information


Prerequisites for the School Psychology Program

Applicants to the School Psychology Program should take the following classes or equivalent courses at another university as undergraduates or prior to admittance to the program.  These classes may be taken as a part of the Undergraduate Major where applicable. In some cases work experience may substitute for coursework.

Critical Courses and/or Knowledge

Critical Courses


(One course in each area is preferred)

Suggested Fresno State Courses – Similar courses from other universities are acceptable

Learning and/or Memory       

Psych 136 – Human Learning & Behavior

Psych 121 – Learning & Memory

Psych 128 – Cognitive Psychology

Child Development

Psych 155 – Developmental Psych

Psych101/ CFS 39 – Child Development

Psych 102 – Adolescent Development


Psych 42 - Introduction to Statistics

Research Design

Psych 144 - Research Methods

Abnormal Psychology

Psych 66 - Abnormal Psychology

Applied Behavior Analysis

Psych 172 - Applied Behavior Analysis

Tests and Measurement

Psych 149 - Psychological Testing

Recommended Courses and/or Knowledge

Suggested Fresno State Courses – Similar courses from other universities are acceptable


Psych 174 - Introduction to Counseling

Psych 175 – Family Counseling

Biological Basis of Behavior

Psych 36 or 125 – Psychopharmacology, Neuropsychology

Exceptional Children 

Psych 169 – Psych of Disability

SPED 120 – Intro to Special Education

Recommended Experiences

Shadow and/or interview at least one school psychologist

Research the field online via

Volunteer or paid experience with children, such as working with afterschool programs or  summer recreation programs, as a special education aide, behavior therapist, or group home counselor, tutoring, substitute or fulltime teaching experience

Research experience with a professor or graduate student

Talk to current graduate students in the school psychology program

Attend recruitment events

Meet the school psychology faculty


Additional Information

For further information on the School Psychology Program, it is recommended that potential applicants schedule an appointment with the program coordinator. 

Marilyn S. Wilson, Ph.D., NCSP


Admission Procedures

Applications are only accepted one time per year for the School Psychology Program.  All application materials must be received by February 1st to begin the program the next fall.

  1. All applicants are required to complete applications for the Department of Psychology and the Graduate Admission Office.  These are available through and
  2. One official copy of transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work is sent to the graduate admissions office; send an unofficial copy with the department application.
  3. At least three letters of recommendation are required from people who are familiar with the applicant’s previous academic work.  Letters of recommendation for applicants to the School Psychology Program should also include comments related to their ability to work closely with people in the human services area.  Letters should be on letterhead stationery and are submitted directly from the recommender to the Department of Psychology via the department online application.

Courses Completed at Other Institutions

The Graduate Committee of the Department of Psychology carefully evaluates all transcripts submitted from other institutions.  The Graduate Committee reserves the right to request documentation of coursework from applicants to determine that course’s equivalency to CSU, Fresno Psychology courses.  The following materials may be requested by the Graduate Committee:

1. A catalog description of the course containing the course content.

2. A course syllabus or outline.

International Students

In addition to fulfilling the above requirements, International Students must possess the equivalent of a four year U.S. degree, must present TOEFL scores of at least 79-80 (paper-based=550), and must have adequate financial support.  Please refer to the webpage for more information.

Personal Interviews

Complete application packages are screened by the Psychology Graduate Committee.  Selected applicants are invited to participate in interviews held on campus, or by Skype if an on-campus interview is not convenient for candidates.  Those selected  will be interviewed by at least two faculty members. Interviews will be scheduled in early March and interviewees will be notified of admission decisions one to two weeks after interviews.


The school psychology program at Fresno State operates on a cohort model, with approximately 10 students admitted each year.  It is a fulltime program with most courses offered during the day. . The first two years include coursework and practicum in the schools; the third year is a fulltime internship in the schools. Summer and online courses are not typically available.