Prospective Students in School Psychology
This could be your home for the next 4 years!
Welcome to the School Psychology at UNO webpage! Our program of study is highly respected and fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and we are very excited that you are interested! The UNO School Psychology curriculum provides a 4 year training program and fully prepares students to be Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP). Our 4 year program offers rich hands-on experiences through our multiple partnerships with local schools and the Academic Clinic at the Munroe-Meyer Institute at UNMC. Students choose our program because we offer exceptional balance between research and practice, an extraordinary amount of practicum experience, and the individualized focus our faculty provides for all students. Here's what some of our current students have to say about why they chose UNO:
"The other programs that I looked at were so big that there were few chances for individual attention or outside learning opportunities. The faculty here are also very helpful and involved in my learning." - Whitley, 2nd year student
"I chose the program at UNO because of its involvement in the community and supportive faculty." - Lacey, 1st year student
“I love the School Psychology program here at UNO. The faculty is very welcoming and friendly. What really drew me to the program was the unique mentoring program that is involved and all the applied experience you get!” - Jasmine, 3rd year student
"After interviewing with many programs, I found the School Psychology program at UNO to be the most inviting from the professors to the students. All were more than happy to hear my story, help me get settled into the new environment, and get me acquainted to the program. The professors gave off so much positive energy and excitement that it made me excited to be a part of their world. Their values in the program matched mine perfectly, that the decision to come to UNO was easy. I would not have it any other way. The staff at UNO is so supportive and encouraging that it sets each student up for success." - Marie, 1st year student
"During my undergraduate courses, the passion of the UNO School Psychology staff is what attracted me to the profession. Their love for the field, as well as the optimism they had about my abilities to improve the lives of others was truly contagious. When it came time to apply it did not even cross my mind to look at any other programs." - Lauren, 2nd year student
Over the past 20+ years, our program has matched 100% of our students with internships, and historically 100% of our students have found employment following their internship year. Because UNO prepares students to become nationally certified, our students have sought internships and employment not only in Nebraska, but in numerous other states including Iowa, California, Georgia, Tennessee, Alaska, Colorado, and many more.
Graduate assistantships and scholarships are available and awarded on a competitive basis. Please refer to the Financial Aid page for additional information. For a list of tuition and fees, please click here.
Omaha is an excellent place to live, go to school, and find employment. The cost of living in Omaha has consitently been below the national average while also boasting a low unemployment rate. The downtown area is home to the historic Old Market, with plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, and the gorgeous Gene Leahy Mall, pictured above. Omaha's premier convention arena, The CenturyLink Center, frequently hosts top musical artists, as well as other exciting events! Omaha has historically been, and will continue to be the home of the NCAA College World Series, having recently built TD Ameritrade Park. Omaha also has the world's best zoo, the Henry Doorly, with attractions including an indoor rainforest, desert dome, and newly renovated aquarium.
UNO offers on-campus, apartment-style housing for graduate and undergraduate students. Click here for additional information regarding on-campus and off-campus housing.
Information for Applicants
M.S./Ed.S. application deadline is December 15.
Applicants are encouraged to review the links and information below, which provide application procedures and other helpful information regarding the School Psychology program at UNO.
The School Psychology Program Handbook is a comprehensive resource for prospective and current students in the School Psychology program at UNO. Refer to this document for information concerning the program content, training, policies, research, and more.
Note that all students must earn a Master of Science degree in School Psychology from UNO before applying for the Educational Specialist degree program. Prospective School Psychology graduate students should apply for the School Psychology M.S. program, not the Ed.S. program.
· 2 official transcripts from each college attended sent to:
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Office of Graduate Studies
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68182
· Date GRE was taken and scores, if received: Have GRE scores sent to UNO (school code: #6420)
· Writing Sample (PDF)
· Resume (PDF)
· 3 letters of recommendation (request form is emailed to recommenders by UNO when you apply online)
· Statement of Purpose (PDF)
At the top of your Statement of Purpose, write that you are applying to the School Psychology program. Your statement should include: 1) your purpose in applying for graduate study, 2) why you want to study at UNO, 3) your plans for future occupation or profession, and 4) any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and your aptitude for graduate study. You should specifically address your goals and objectives in pursuing graduate study.
You must create an account for the online application. The system will give you 30 days to complete the application from the time you begin. You can save your work and go back to it for up to 30 days, but the information will be erased after the 30 days are over. However, letters of recommendation and GRE scores can be submitted after the online application is complete, as long as it is before the program deadline posted above. Students applying to the School Psychology program should select Psychology-MS in School Psychology.
The online system will email the letter of recommendation form to the recommenders, so please tell them to expect an email from UNO, because it may end up in their spam mailbox.