College of Education and Human Services
Admissions

How Do I Apply?
Admissions to the Master's Program (Level I)
 
All students who are interested in the School and Community Psychology Program are required to apply to the Masters program (known as a Masters in Psychological Studies  - School and Community Psychology Concentration). Generally, candidates for admission to the Masters program have earned their undergraduate degree in psychology or in a related area (i.e., education) although other undergraduate majors are also considered. 
 
An application to the College of Education and Human Services Graduate School can be found online or obtained from the Graduate Office located in Jubilee Hall, 4th floor.  In addition to University admission regulations, candidates who apply to the Masters in Psychological Studies (School and Community Psychology concentration) program are required to submit the following:

  • A completed graduate application and fee;
  • Official copies of all previous undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least two from former professors.
  • Recent (within three years) scores on either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE); and
  • A statement of career goals.
  • Once the application is complete, they will be reviewed by program faculty.

    A personal interview by the program director and/or admissions committee will be arranged with applicants who are considered potential candidates for the program. It is the applicant's responsibility to follow up with the Graduate Admissions office to verify that all application materials have been received. Please be sure that your application displays your professionalism

Admissions to the Ed.S. Program (Level II)

 
Students can apply to the Ed.S. Program in School and Community Psychology. Completion of the Master's program does not guarantee admission to the Ed.S. program. It is a separate application process.  This 42-credit program, including practicum and internship, leads to the specialist degree and licensure in School Psychology from the New Jersey Department of Education. Students admitted to the Ed.S. Program on or after September 1, 2007 will be required to take the Praxis (School Psychology-0401) as part of their Ed.S. graduation requirements.
 
An application to the College of Education and Human Services Graduate School can be found online http://www.shu.edu/applying/graduate/ or obtained from the Graduate Office located in Jubilee Hall, 4th floor.  In addition to University admission regulations, candidates who apply to the Ed.S. program School and Community Psychology are required to submit the following:

  • A completed SHU graduate application and fee;
  • Official copy of graduate transcripts documenting a 3.25 GPA;
  • Two letters of recommendation preferably from Seton Hall University full time faculty; and
  • A statement of career goals.
  • Once the application is complete, they will be reviewed by program faculty.

    A personal interview by the program director and/or admissions committee will be arranged. It is the applicant's responsibility to follow up with the Graduate Admissions office to verify that all application materials have been received. Please be sure that your application displays your professionalism. There is rolling admissions to the Ed.S. program. 

Application Deadlines
Master's Program (Level I)
 
Admission Application Timelines:  The program previously had rolling admissions for both the Master's and Educational Specialist degree programs. However, in the past few years we have many more applicants than we can accept. Therefore, completed applications received on or before February 1 of each year will be given full consideration for fall admission. February 1 applicants will be advised of their status by April 1 of each year.  Since there is no longer rolling admissions, students that enter the program will become part of a cohort group and will follow a program plan throughout the masters and special level programs.

Students may be admitted on a full or part-time basis; however, students must follow the sequenced program plan of courses outlined on page 8 of this manual.

Students admitted to the Masters Program complete the courses outlined elsewhere in this Handbook. These students will earn the masters degree after successful completion of the 36-credit program, passing the comprehensive exam, and displaying the ethical/professional behaviors required for functioning as a school psychologist.
 
Advanced Standing: Candidates who have already earned their Master's degree or have some graduate credits would need to have their graduate transcript reviewed to determine if any of their courses are applicable to the program. A maximum of eighteen credits can be accepted for advanced standing at the master's level. Courses accepted towards the Masters program from other universities must be approved by the program director and/or admissions committee. Students with graduate credit would still need to apply to the Masters program in order to complete their Masters level required courses and take/pass the comprehensive examination.

Non Matriculated Students: Students who are interested in the program can also take up to 3 Master's courses (a total of 9 credits) as a non matriculated student. Please discuss this option with the Program Director. Taking courses as a non matriculated student does not guarantee admission into the program.
 
Ed.S. Program (Level II)
 
Admission Application Timeline: Completed applications received on or before February 1 of each year will be given full consideration for Fall admission. February 1 applicants will be advised of their status by April 1 of each year.  Students will be admitted to the master's program only in the fall of each academic year.

Advanced Standing: Students who already have completed a Master's Degree should review the requirements in the Admissions to the Master's Degree: Advanced Standing section.

Non Matriculated Students: Non-matriculated students are not permitted to enroll in Ed.S. program courses.

When Will You Make a Decision on My Application?
Admission Decisions
MA and EdS applications are reviewed by the Program Faculty, and selected candidates are invited in for a personal interview. Candidates are then ranked by Program Faculty. There are four rankings made: acceptance, conditional acceptance (such as pending graduation from undergraduate college/university, etc.), wait listed, and not accepted.

All Candidates will be informed of their status by mail within the time period noted above through the Graduate Admissions Office. Candidates who are accepted are asked to mail in an “Intent to Enroll” postcard within two weeks of receipt to reserve your space in the program. Should an accepted candidate decide not to enroll, we would respectfully request that you advise us of your decision within the same two week period so that candidates on the waiting list can be contacted.

Accepted candidates who intend to enroll are required to contact the respective MA or EdS advisor to arrange an appointment as soon as possible in order to develop their course schedule.  Students may enroll on a full or part-time basis at the masters level, but all students are required to take courses sequentially.  At the EdS level, students are generally enrolled full-time taking the required sequence as outlined on the course of study page.

We have many more qualified candidates than we can accept. Therefore some qualified candidates will not be accepted into the program based on the rankings they received in comparison to other candidates who apply within the same application period. As such, we do not provide individual feedback on why a candidate was not accepted into the program. Suffice it to say that his/her ranking were not as high as other candidates, and we have limited space in the program.
 
Master's candidates who were not accepted can consider enrolling as a non-matriculated student in Master's courses. They take up to 3 Master's courses (a total of 9 credits) as a non matriculated student. Please discuss this option with the Program Director. However, please note that taking courses as a non-matriculated student does not guarantee admission into the program. 
Non-matriculated students are not permitted to enroll in Ed.S. courses.
 
Additional Required Documents

  • Recent (within three years) scores on either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Official copies of all previous graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least two from former professors
  • A statement of career goals
  • $50 application fee 
 

Admissions Criteria and Prerequisites

  • All students who are interested in the School and Community Psychology Program are required to apply to the Masters program (formally known as a Masters in Psychological Studies  - School and Community Psychology Concentration).
  • Generally, candidates for admission to the Masters program have earned their undergraduate degree in psychology or in a related area (i.e., education) although other undergraduate majors are also considered. 
  • Candidates who have already earned their masters degree or have some graduate credits would need to have their graduate transcript reviewed to determine if any of their courses are applicable to the program.
  • A maximum of eighteen credits can be accepted for advanced standing at the master's level.
  • Courses accepted towards the Masters program from other universities must be approved by the program director and/or admissions committee.
  • Students with graduate credit would still need to apply to the Masters program in order to complete their Masters level required courses and take/pass the comprehensive examination. 

Program Director:
Thomas Massarelli, Ph.D.

(973) 313-6129
massarth@shu.edu

For general program inquiries:
973-275-2196

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