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Best Online School Psychology Master’s Programs

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Pursuing a degree and career in school psychology can be one of the most effective ways to assist students with academic or behavioral difficulties and to enhance the education system. To become a school psychologist or to work in a comparable position, an advanced graduate education is required. Online master’s programs in school psychology provide a flexible and often more cost-effective option to acquire the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to succeed in this gratifying field.

This guide provides everything you need to know about pursuing a master’s in school psychology online, including a list of top-rated accredited programs, application expectations, career prospects, and salary information.

Top Online School Psychology Master’s Programs in 2024

The following rankings offer a concise overview of the top online school psychology master’s programs available. While numerous excellent campus-based programs exist, only four programs with online components have gained recognition due to their accreditation, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness. Consider if either of these programs is suitable for you.

About the ranking

College Ranking Methodology

Generate List of Eligible Schools and Programs

To be eligible for this ranking, schools were required to meet the following criteria based on government data provided by The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

  • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • At least one program in the subject area offered partially or fully online.
  • Career placement and academic counseling services.

Assign Weightings

After generating the list of eligible schools, the STEPS data team then assigned weights and ranked schools based on their performance in a variety of key categories. Affordability metrics received the heaviest weightings, followed by online learning and academic quality metrics (equally weighted).

Online Learning

  • Number of online programs in subject area self-reported by school to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Percentage of graduate students at the school taking at least one class online.

Affordability

  • Relative cost of attendance compared to peer schools on the list. Based on in-state tuition for graduate students per academic year.

Academic Quality

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: Schools with lower ratios ranked higher.
  • Percentage of students admitted. More selective schools ranked higher.

About Our Data

All STEPS rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Most recent data pull: August 2023

Accreditation Glossary

ABHE: Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

ABHES: Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

ACCJC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

ACCSC: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

DEAC: Distance Education Accrediting Commission

HLC: Higher Learning Commission

MSCHE: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

NECHE: New England Commission of Higher Education

NWCCU: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

SACSCOC: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

TRACS: Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission

WSCUC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission

Students in California looking for a convenient way to earn their master's and become a licensed school psychologist should consider Alliant International University's online Master of Arts in Education in School Psychology. The program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and graduates are eligible to receive their California Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS). While all coursework is delivered online, students are required to complete an internship in-person at an approved K-12 school.

Program Highlights:

Master of Arts in Education in School Psychology with PPS Credential

  • Credits: 60
  • Length: About 3-4 years
  • Cost: $792/credit
  • Mode: Fully-online coursework with in-person internship
  • Accreditation: WSCUC
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Placement Yes
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 5:1
Tuition (In-State) $$
Accreditation WSCUC
Online Students 100%

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, California

Fresno Pacific University offers the Master of Arts in School Psychology and School Counseling, designed for future licensed school psychologists seeking additional coursework in school counseling. Students can also select the Master of Arts in School Psychology. Graduates of both programs will obtain their California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential. Much of the coursework for both degrees can be completed online, with some in-person learning, including school psychology internships, required.

Program Highlights:

Master of Arts in School Psychology and School Counseling

  • Credits: 90
  • Length: 8-9 semesters
  • Cost: $730.00/credit
  • Mode: Partially online
  • Accreditation: CCTC

Master of Arts in School Psychology

  • Credits: 62
  • Length: Varies
  • Cost: $730.00/credit
  • Mode: Partially online
  • Accreditation: CCTC
Academic Counseling Yes