To qualify for the master's degree in school psychology, a student must:
- Complete all requirements no later than seven years after matriculation.
- Complete a total of sixty-two credits as prescribed in the curriculum requirements including an approved school psychology internship.
- Achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA in graduate courses.
At the time of matriculation, each student is assigned a faculty advisor. A student thereafter may request a change in faculty advisor. Students are encouraged to have regular meetings with their faculty advisor for purposes of discussing academic progress and planning.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 in graduate courses attempted is a requirement for graduation. If at any time the student's GPA falls below 3.0, the student will be sent a letter notifying him/her of academic review. Academic review will result in assignment of probationary status or dismissal.
If placed on probation, the student is expected to take immediate steps to raise the GPA. This can be done either by earning enough grades of B+ or A, or by retaking the course(s) in which a grade of C+ or below was earned and achieving a B or better in this course. NOTE: While a grade of B in any subsequent course may raise a GPA that is below a 3.0, it may not by itself be sufficient to raise the GPA to 3.0 or above. A student is allowed up to twelve credit hours of work to raise his/her GPA above 3.0 after being placed on probation. If, after attempting twelve credit hours, the GPA has not been raised to 3.0, the student will be required to leave the program.
Graduate Assistantships are awarded on a competitive bases to full-time students. Assistants work with members of the school psychology faculty and perform duties such as library and empirical research, tutoring students, assisting in organizing student activities and related work. Up to $3000 per year is awarded to each graduate assistant in exchange for ten hours of work per week. For further details, contact the Director of the School Psychology Program. Several additional sources of financial assistance are available for both full and part-time graduate study. Subsidized Stafford Loans and Marist College Graduate Grants are available to students with demonstrated financial need. Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and several alternative loan sources are available to graduate students who do not meet the financial qualifications for a subsidized loan.