The Master of Science in Educational Psychology: Educational Specialist in School Psychology program at UW–Madison prepares you to earn your license and help children succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.

Is this program right for you?

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Master of Science in Educational Psychology: Educational Specialist in School Psychology program is a 3-year graduate program focused on giving you the practical knowledge to become a leader in your school district. After completing our program, you are eligible for school psychologist licensure by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and other state education agencies, which typically require a minimum of three years of full-time graduate study beyond the bachelor’s degree. Additionally, you will be eligible for national certification by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).


There are significant shortages of educational psychologists across the United States, and there is a corresponding demand. Career opportunities are growing at a rate of 20% through 2024, which equates to about 30,500 new jobs. Take advantage of growing opportunities and fill the need for experienced, educated school psychologists with a degree from UW.


In the first 2 years of our program, you will be in the classroom full-time, completing coursework within the School of Education and the corresponding practica. Then, in the 3rd and last year of the program, you will complete a full-time internship in a K-12 school setting, where you can apply your new classroom knowledge hands-on.


Our program focuses on two tenants: (1) improving knowledge of various processes of learning, development, and mental health in diverse populations, and (2) enhancing learning and mental health in educational and community contexts. You will learn cutting-edge education theory and methodology; the biological, psychological, technological, and social processes of learning; and how to effectively implement educational interventions and prevention/intervention programs in all types of communities.


What you Learn

  • Acquire a strong foundation in current and past theories, research findings, and methodologies in their program area.
  • Become acquainted with the implications of human diversity (in terms of individual abilities and orientations and sociocultural backgrounds) for research and practice in their chosen field of study.
  • Develop critical thinking skills that promote rigorous evaluation of strengths and limitations in existing theory and research.
  • Learn the fundamentals of research design, data collection, and data analysis through participating in ongoing research or conducting their own research project(s).
  • Identify key features of high-quality research or program implementation/evaluation in their chosen field.
  • Develop writing and oral skills needed to effectively communicate results of scientific research to academic, professional/practitioner, and lay audiences.
  • Communicate effectively in collaborative work or consultation settings with professional colleagues.
  • Become skilled communicators of issues in their research and program area for learners in formal classroom and informal learning settings.
  • Uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct
  • Conduct research or program implementation/evaluation in accordance with ethical standards established in their field of inquiry.
  • Prepare materials required for review by boards overseeing the ethical conduct of research and program implementation or evaluation.

Where & How you learn


  • Face-to-face


  • 74 credit degree program
  • 2 years of full-time study on campus to complete coursework and corresponding practica
  • 1 year of a full-time internship that is completed in the third year of the program
  • Take lockstep graduate courses within the School of Education
  • Gain hands-on, practical experience through a practicum at an education institution
  • Complete a culminating portfolio project at the end of the program

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All applicants must:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution is required. International applicants must have a degree comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale of the last 60 semester hours (approx. 2 years of work) or a master’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA for 3.00 is required. International applicants must demonstrate strong academic achievement comparable to a 3.00 for an undergraduate or master’s degree
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable
  • Reasons for graduate study/statement of purpose essay
  • CV/Resume
  • GRE scores from within the previous 5 years
  • Official transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Deadline to Apply is December 1
  • In-person interview the 3rd week in January

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