Ph.D. in School Psychology

School Psychology

Ph.D. in School Psychology

Become a practicing school psychologist, conduct independent research, take a leadership role in special education, or prepare for private practice.

This program gives you several career options while you learn from the scientist-practitioner model, where research and theory will inform your work, and real-world experiences will help your research.

Completion of this 94-credit hour degree program takes most students five to six years of full-time study. In that time, you’ll complete at least 800 hours of practica and 1,500 hours of internship work, which will give you the experience you’ll need to earn licensure. You’ll also conduct field-based research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Our research focus includes:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Social justice/educational equity
  • School-based mental health
  • Trauma, trauma-informed practices, and trauma-informed Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
  • Students with emotional and behavioral disorders, particularly students placed in self-contained classroom settings
  • Action research in schools
  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterDeadline
    Fall Nov 16
    December 1 is the priority funding deadline for the Dean’s Fellowship and University Graduate School diversity fellowships. Eligible applicants will automatically be considered for fellowships – no separate application is necessary.
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admissions Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.

    Note: If you are currently enrolled or have applied in the past year, you should qualify for an application fee waiver. Click here for criteria and how to obtain the waiver.

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    3. Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal statement
      • Resume
      • Three letters of recommendation
      • GRE scores (required only if applicant does not have an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution)
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)
      • Writing sample

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Program Requirements
  • Tuition and Fees

    Per credit hour

    ResidencyTuition*
    IN Resident$444.27
    Non-resident$1515.17

    *Does not include fees, which will vary depending on the number of credits enrolled. Find more information and calculate your expected costs at Student Central.

  • Funding
    • Learn about the variety of fellowships and assistantships that are available to graduate students.
    • Visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.
    • Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
    • Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit the Center for Veteran and Military Students to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Why earn your doctorate at the IU School of Education? Ph.D. or Ed.D.—which is right for you? Get answers to these questions and more.

    Read the FAQ
  • Accreditation

    Our programs are approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

    The Ph.D. in School Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

    Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
    American Psychological Association
    750 First Street NE
    Washington, DC 20002-4242
    Phone: (202) 336-5979

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Our Faculty

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Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
Indigenizing education, decolonizing school psychology, cultural identity, cultural humility
Email:
lnaguila@iu.edu
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Associate Professor

Email:
sbellini@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8325
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Associate Professor

Research Areas:
Special Education, Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education, Autism, Students with Disabilities
Email:
shurwitz@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8134
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Clinical Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
Trauma-informed MTSS, pediatric medical traumatic stress, socioemotional functioning of hospitalized youth, and issues of equity, cultural competence, and social justice
Email:
ormiston@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 855-0352
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Professor

Research Areas:
Social justice, culturally responsive practice, consultation
Email:
dashri@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8049

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