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Master of Arts in School Psychology

School of Social & Behavioral Sciences

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Marist’s Master of Arts in School Psychology program is NASP approved and focuses on instruction in the theories and skills associated with the responsibilities regularly implemented by a school psychologist: prevention, evaluation, intervention, counseling, and consultation. Our goal is to prepare professionals who manifest a holistic blend of theory and practice in meeting the educational needs of today’s students within the interacting contexts of their schools, families, and communities.

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A Rewarding Future in School Psychology

U.S. News & World Report has ranked School Psychology as the #3 Best Social Service Job; #18 in Best STEM Job and #40 out of 100 in Best Jobs overall. The MA in School Psychology program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), preparing students to work as practicing school psychologists and leading to New York State certification and eligibility for National Certification as a School Psychologist (NCSP). Marist's program offers on-campus courses and professional field experiences in school districts preparing students for a rewarding career in this field.

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A Distinct and Accredited Masters in School Psychology Program

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Employment Rate

The Graduating class of 2023 were employed within 6 months of graduation.

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NASP Approved

The MA in School Psychology program is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.

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Praxis II Pass Rate

Since 2015, Marist students have achieved 100 percent pass rate on the Praxis II exam.

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Core School Psychology faculty are experienced, certified, school psychologists.

Small Classes

Small class sizes promote enhanced student/faculty interaction.


Scholarships, assistantships, and organizational partnerships help reduce tuition costs.

Learn From Faculty With Diverse School Psychology Experience

Our highly knowledgeable, licensed faculty members are committed to providing high-quality education and training to the next generation of school psychologists. Our faculty come from a diverse range of clinical and educational backgrounds, exposing our students to every facet of the school psychology field. Read about some of our expert faculty below and learn more about all of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty.


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When you matriculate into Marist’s MA in School Psychology program, you will be able to graduate with confidence knowing that obtaining employment as a School Psychologist is well within reach. 100% of 2019 graduates were employed as school psychologists within 4 to 6 months of graduation.

  • Greater Johnstown School District
  • Highland Central School District
  • Hyde Park Central School District
  • Marlboro Central School District
  • Monroe-Woodbury Central School District
  • Newburgh Enlarged Central School District
  • Red Hook Central School District
  • Wallkill Central School District
  • Valley Central School District

My deep interest in psychology and human development guided me in my academic journey. I resonated to Marist College’s objective to teach school psychology students to be experts in psychological assessment, counseling, and educational consultation - the various roles a school psychologist must perform to be effective. Based on these respectable standards, I believed that Marist College would prepare me the best for becoming a school psychologist. In addition, the school psychology professors are phenomenal.

Paul Vespo

MA in School Psychology

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For Sarah Goetze ’20, the decision to come to Marist was an easy one. “Marist was the only graduate school that I applied to because I knew it was where I would be the happiest.” Although she noted that the beautiful campus was a factor, her main reason for choosing Marist was “the small cohort sizes, the blend of professors who are actually in the field, and the program’s National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) certification.” This certification requires students to spend a set amount of time in the field gaining professional experience.

Sarah Goetze

MA in School Psychology

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There are many reasons why I chose to pursue my graduate degree at Marist. The cohorts are small and this is important to me because it gives me the opportunity to establish relationships with faculty and candidates. The faculty is another reason why I chose Marist. Most of the professors have a past experience as working school psychologists where they relate real experience to what we are learning in class.

Julissa Marcano

MA in School Psychology

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Certification Disclosure 

Marist’s MA in School Psychology program is designed to prepare candidates for certification as school psychologists in New York State and is modeled after the certification requirements in the state of New York. We have not yet determined if our program meets the certification requirements for other states. Because certification requirements vary between states, Marist College cannot guarantee that this program will meet the requirements for certification as a school psychologist in any other state. It is the candidate’s responsibility to research and determine the certification requirements in any other state in which they plan to apply for certification as a school psychologist. It is also the candidate’s responsibility to determine if the Marist College MA in School Psychology program meets the requirements for certification in states other than New York.  

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