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School Psychology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Lexington-Fayette, KY, United States
The doctoral program in School psychology offered at the University of Kentucky includes a five-year course of study with a year-long internship. Time to degree completion varies (see program outcome data). Typical time to completion without a master’s degree is 6 to 7 years. Applicants who have earned bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist levels are considered for the program. 
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The School Psychology program at the University of Kentucky is designed to prepare professional psychologists with educational expertise who can function in a variety of diverse, educationally-related settings. The program’s training model and philosophy espouse commitments to (a) diversity and social justice, (b) evidence-based practice, and (c) school-based practice. These views foster the conception of the school psychologist as broadly capable of conducting research and practicing effectively with clients, in addition to considering the ecological complexity in which the child exists.

The assessment of children and adolescents as well as planning for interventions necessitates this broader conceptualization of childhood problems. The program integrates social justice perspectives throughout its training sequence and focuses on evidence-based practices in working with school-aged youth. The program emphasizes a balance between psychological and educational theory as well as applied practice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research
  • Ethical and legal standards
  • Individual and cultural diversity
  • Professional values, attitudes and behaviors
  • Communications and interpersonal skills

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

For more information please visit the program website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30224 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15112 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
  • National

    11772 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5886 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
  • In-State

    11772 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5886 USD per semester and a duration of 72 months.
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Living costs for Lexington-Fayette

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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