What will I learn?

The school psychology program at James Madison University, housed within the Department of Graduate Psychology, resides within the College of Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS) and is fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The program emphasizes the role of the culturally competent school psychologist as that of a facilitator of an individual’s overall well-being and potential. Within an integrated theoretical framework, students are prepared to be culturally competent, interpersonally skilled, data-oriented problem solvers. Central to the program focus is the understanding of children within a systems context, including the family, the school and the socio-cultural environment. Students are prepared in assessment for intervention, prevention, and promotion of well being, counseling, educational and mental health consultation, behavioral and cognitive interventions, and applied research. They are prepared to be applied child and adolescent psychologists in diverse educational and mental health settings.

The program, housed within the Department of Graduate Psychology, which resides within the College of Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS), expects students to have a commitment to academic excellence, personal growth, professional responsibility, sensitivity to and understanding of human diversity, and effective interpersonal relationships.

A Master of Arts (M.A.) degree is awarded at the completion of Level I of the program and a comprehensive examination.

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Behavioral Studies

Study options

Full Time (33 - 45 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $96,018 for 78 credit hours
Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Health and Behavioral Studies

235 M.L.K. Jr.,



22807, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: PBT (Paper Based TOEFL): 570.

For international students

Anyone who has or will obtain a Bachelor's degree from an officially recognized college or university outside or inside the U.S. may apply for graduate admission.

English language proficiency test scores:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT total score of 80 or above

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score of 6.5 or above

Application Deadline

All application materials must be received by February 1 in order to ensure review by the program.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.