Apr 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog


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Psychology (M.A./M.S.)

Jeff Aspelmeier, Department Chair
Ann Elliott, Graduate Program Coordinator (Clinical-Counseling)
Jay Caughron, Graduate Program Coordinator (I/O)
Jenessa Steele, Graduate Program Coordinator (Experimental)
Graduate Faculty

Admission Requirements

In accepting applicants for admission, the department considers an applicant’s grade point average, letters of recommendation and the applicant’s work, life, and academic accomplishments. To be admitted on Regular Status, applicants must have completed a minimum of 18 semester hours of undergraduate psychology coursework.

Applicants are required to submit:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Three letters of reference, with at least one from a faculty member in a psychology department (two preferred).
  • Short statement (approximately two pages) regarding why she/he is interested in psychology and future plans.
  • Please note, for applicants interested in the school psychology specialization, applications are submitted for the Educational Specialist degree program (see Ed.S. admission requirements).

Deadline for completed application is February 15th. Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis. Admission is competitive.

Graduate Program

The Psychology Department offers graduate courses designed primarily for those students who wish to concentrate their studies in experimental, clinical-counseling, industrial-organizational or school psychology. Graduate standing is a prerequisite to all 600-level courses.

Because of the sequencing and/or infrequent offering of certain psychology courses, students making up undergraduate deficiencies or students beginning graduate work during a semester other than fall semester might experience scheduling problems which can delay completion of the required program of studies. Upon admission to the Graduate College, each student is assigned a temporary advisor. The student must select a permanent advisor prior to submitting the Program of Study. This should be done on a “Petition for Program Changes” form available in the Graduate College office.

Students who, for personal or programmatic reasons, decide not to continue in a concentration in which they were originally admitted, may request admission to the General option. Students will not be admitted to this option upon admittance to the Graduate College. A minimum of 36 hours is required for completion of this option. All core requirements must be met. Selection of courses to meet the 36 hour minimum requirement must be made in consultation with the department chair.

Additional Admissions Requirement

In addition to general requirements for admission to the Graduate College, the department requires that all graduate students have a basic understanding and knowledge of psychology.

Applications must be accompanied by at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member from the applicant’s major department. If the applicant’s major is not psychology, then at least one letter should be from a psychology faculty member (preferably two).

For graduate students in psychology, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required in graduate-level psychology courses. Failure to maintain this requirement after completion of 15 semester hours in graduate course work will result in termination from any/all programs leading to any graduate degree in psychology.

Core Requirements

All Master of Arts and Master of Science students in psychology, regardless of specialization, are required to take a common core consisting of the following courses:

PSYC 610    Analysis of Behavioral Data - Credits: (3)

PSYC 611   Methodology and Program Evaluation in Psychology - Credits: (3)

PSYC 612   Psychometric Theory, Assessment, Appraisal and Application - Credits: (3)


PSYC 631   Cognitive Intellectual Assessment Techniques - Credits: (3)

PSYC 798  Professional Internship - Credits: (3)


PSYC 689   Practicum in Clinic Setting - Credits: (1)  (School Psychology Students Only)                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

School Psychology (Ed. S.)

Jeff Aspelmeier, Department Chair
Melinda Cruz, Graduate Program Coordinator
Graduate Faculty

Educational Specialist Degree Program

The Department of Psychology offers a NASP-accredited Educational Specialist Degree Program in School Psychology. The academic and training requirements for the School Psychology Training Program are founded on both a philosophical and practical understanding of the role and function which the psychologist expects (and is expected) to occupy within the educational setting.

Application Requirements

  • At least three letters of reference (one from major department)
  • Optional GRE scores
  • Final transcript showing degree conferred
  • Essay - Documenting your interest in school psychology
  • Resume/Vitae - Documenting relevant experiences
  • Interview
  • 18 hours of undergraduate psychology coursework (preferred courses include: Tests and Measurement, Child or Adolescent Psychology, Human Development, Statistics, Research Methods, Abnormal Psychology or Exceptionalities, and Learning or Cognition) or the equivalent coursework and work experience as deemed acceptable by the school psychology program faculty.

The deadline for applications is February 15.

School Psychology Training Program

The School Psychology Training Program at Radford University trains candidates to use an ecological orientation for comprehensive service delivery to children, schools, and families. This orientation emphasizes that each child is unique and must be understood in the context of a series of overlapping and integrated spheres of influence, including school, family, peers, neighborhood, and community. Operating as data-driven problem-solvers within this ecological context, our candidates are trained to provide comprehensive, collaborative, evidence-based psychological services that include prevention, intervention, consultation, and assessment. The overarching goal of these services is to improve the social, emotional, behavior, cognitive, and academic functioning of all children.

The requirements of the School Psychology Training Program at Radford University are designed to enable students to develop specialist level competencies as data-based decision maker, interventionist, and consultant. The program operates under the philosophy that practicing school psychologists should be knowledgeable in the theoretical and applied skills of both education and psychology.

Entering students are expected to commit three years to the program. The first year is devoted to developing a more advanced background in psychological foundations and theory and also includes several basic skill courses in psychological assessment, observational and interviewing techniques. The second year is a combination of theory and skill practice, with an increasing emphasis on the application of skills as the year progresses. By the end of the second year, the student should have the entry level skills of a school psychology intern and the third year is devoted to a full-time, 1,200 clock hour internship, with at least half of that internship being in the public school setting.

The specialist program in school psychology is a 73 semester hour program and requires a three-year, full‑time commitment. During year 1 in the program students complete requirements for the MS in psychology, school psychology specialization, which constitutes the first 34 credit hours of the school psychology program. During years 2 and 3 students complete requirements for the Ed.S. degree which includes 39 credit hours. Students will be required to complete summer coursework during year 1 and year 2 of the program. For students entering the program without a master’s degree in psychology, the MS will be earned en-route (during year 1 of the program) to the Ed.S. degree. The MS degree in psychology, with a specialization in school psychology, is considered non-terminal as students will not be eligible for state licensure with only the MS degree. Please note, program specific information regarding transfer of credits is available in the program handbook.

The Ed.S. degree will be awarded following the successful completion of the year-long internship, successful completion of a final comprehensive oral and portfolio examination, demonstration of the interpersonal skills and dispositions needed to function as a school psychologist and upon completion of a minimum of 73 semester hours (for those entering without a Master’s degree in psychology) of graduate coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or better and no more than two grades of C or lower in any graduate work attempted at Radford University.

The School Psychology Training Program is fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Upon completion of the program, graduates are fully certifiable as school psychologists in Virginia and, upon successfully completing the examination requirements, also are nationally certifiable, making them eligible for certification in most other states.

Counseling Psychology (Psy. D.)

Jeff Aspelmeier, Department Chair
Graduate Faculty

James Werth Jr., Interim Director

Doctoral Program

Radford University offers a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in counseling psychology with a focus on rural mental health. The Psy.D. degree in counseling psychology is designed for persons interested in careers as psychologists in mental health settings and institutions where clinical supervision and the direct application of counseling, therapy, and psychological assessment are required. The program follows the practitioner-scholar model with an emphasis on clinical training and the application of research to practice. The recommended course sequence includes three years of post-Master’s coursework, practica, and dissertation, in addition to a capstone 1700-2000 hour internship approved by the program faculty. Students must pass their comprehensive examinations prior to applying for internship. The Radford University PsyD Program in Counseling Psychology is closing and no longer accepting students. The Program has been granted “Accredited, Inactive” status by the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation.


Applicants must have completed a master’s degree in a human services area awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education, including a set of prerequisite courses. Interested applicants should submit the following by December 1, and ensure that all of the following are received by that date. Please see the Psy.D. website for more details on what is expected:

• Radford University Graduate Application;

• A letter of interest describing the applicant’s professional and/or research experience and career goals;

• Curriculum vita;

• Official transcripts of all undergraduate (including community college) and graduate work;

• Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a professor who can comment on the applicant’s academic skills and one from a supervisor who can speak to the applicant’s counseling skills;

• A writing sample;

• Official scores from the GRE General Test;

• International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores;

• Final candidates will be invited to interview with program faculty.


Updated information about the Psy.D. program will be available on the Radford University Psychology department website as it becomes available (http://www.radford.edu/psyc-web).

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