Student Characteristics

Typically, approximately 25 to 30 applications for graduate study in School Psychology at USM are received each year and five to seven students are admitted. Typically, the incoming class has slightly more students at the baccalaureate level, with a couple of students with master’s degrees. We typically have approximately 20 students on campus with another 4 - 5 on internship. While many of our students are from the immediate region (Mississippi & Louisiana), over half of our students are from diverse geographic regions and states such as California, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, Florida, as well as one or two foreign national students. 

Although there is considerable variability within cohorts, the average total GRE score (Verbal + Quantitative) for incoming students has averaged approximately 1080 (approx. 200 (V + Q) on new GRE scoring system). Attrition for the School Psychology program has been about two students per academic year over the past several years. Each year approximately 80 to 90% of our on-campus students in the School Psychology Program participate in presentations at state, regional, and/or national conventions. Many of our students also pursue publications with faculty and/or fellow students.