Fall 2016 Matriculation
With regard to fall 2016 matriculation, the pools consisted of 36 applicants to the master’s/sixth-year program, and 34 applicants to the doctoral program. From these pools, a total of 12 students (2 males, 10 females) matriculated into either the doctoral (4 students) or master’s/sixth-year (8 students) programs. The mean total Graduate Record Examination score of the doctoral applicants matriculated in 2016 was 309 (verbal = 156; quantitative = 144). The mean total Graduate Record Examination score of the master’s/sixth-year applicants admitted in 2016 was 303 (verbal = 153; quantitative = 150).
Currently, there are 17 doctoral and 27 master’s/sixth-year students pursuing advanced degrees in the School Psychology program.
Time to Completion
For the last 7 years, since 2009, all of the master’s/sixth-year students have completed the program within 3 years. Since 2008, the program has graduated 28 doctoral students. On average, the students require 4.3 years to graduate. The median was 4.0 years.
Students are allowed to enter the degree programs with credit from prior graduate work in accord with the graduate school policies (http://gradcatalog.uconn.edu/guidelines-for-grad-study/standards-degree-requirements) and advisor consent based on syllabus review. This may reduce the time to completion of the MA degree program by the number of credits approved for transfer and by a maximum of approximately two years if a student enters the PhD program with a master’s/sixth-year specialist school psychology degree. Program requirements exclude credit for undergraduate study, study that is remedial, or study which is designed to remove deficiencies in meeting admissions standards. To obtain a doctoral degree, the student must be enrolled in the UConn program for at least 3 years, even if he/she already has a master’s/sixth-year degree. The table below contains information about time to completion for doctoral students only.
Non-resident students can establish resident status after living in the state for one year and meeting some additional specific conditions. For a comprehensive description of program costs, see University of Connecticut Graduate Catalog 2016-2017, available at: http://gradcatalog.uconn.edu/
All matriculated master’s/sixth-year and doctoral students for the last 7 years, since 2009, have completed supervised internships. The following tables provide data exclusively for doctoral students.
There were 36 students who entered the master’s/sixth-year program in school psychology during the 7-year period 2009-2016. All of these students completed the program. With respect to the doctoral program, there were 49 students who entered the program during the 7-year period 2008-2015. Of this number, 4 students, or 8% did not complete the program for reasons that primarily involved a change in their career aspirations.
All students who have entered the master’s/sixth-year or the doctoral program directly from the baccalaureate degree pasted the Praxis – School Psychology (0401 – prior to 9/2014 or 5402 – 9/2014 to present) Test prior to internship and therefore were eligible to obtain National Certification in School Psychology. In addition, all students who graduated from the master’s/sixth-year or doctoral programs were eligible for certification in school psychology by the Boards of Education in the states they chose to practice.
During the period 2006-2016, 39 students completed their doctoral programs. Of this number, 7 students have been licensed by the Boards of Psychology in their state.
Assistantships, Fellowships, and Other Aid
Subsequent to the students’ formal declaration that they intend to matriculate, the program faculty, and particularly the program coordinator, notifies every matriculated student of graduate assistantship opportunities. The majority of school psychology students receive graduate assistantships. The stipends associated with the assistantships are determined on the basis of the progress the student is making toward his or her degree completion. The stipends are among the highest in the nation. In addition, students on either full (approximately 20 hours per week) or half time (approximately 10 hours per week) graduate assistantships receive medical insurance benefits and remission of tuition. Graduate assistantships are funded through the Neag School of Education, grants, and contracts.
The rates for full-time graduate assistantships for the 2016–2017 academic year are as follows:
- $22,242.87 for graduate assistants with at least the baccalaureate.
- $23,404.49 for experienced graduate assistants in the school psychology doctoral program with at least the master’s degree in the field of school psychology.
- $26,020.61 for students with experience as graduate assistants who have at least the master’s degree and who have passed the doctoral general examination in school psychology.
The University also makes available numerous financial assistance programs based on academic merit or financial need. These include dissertation fellowships, summer fellowships, pre-doctoral fellowships, dissertation extraordinary expense awards, summer pre-doctoral fellowships, multicultural scholars program, and the outstanding scholars program.
General need-based financial aid includes Federal Stafford Loans (FSL), Federal Work Study (FWS), and University of Connecticut tuition remission grants. This assistance can be acquired by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Also, students interested in need-based financial aid can access the University of Connecticut’s student financial aid web site at www.financialaid.uconn.edu. For a comprehensive description of financial aid, grants, loans, tuition remission, assistantships, and fellowships see the University of Connecticut’s Graduate Catalog 2016-2017, available at: http://gradcatalog.uconn.edu/