Admission Requirements

Ready to take the next step in your career? Here's what you need to know and do to apply to our program.

Understand the Academic Prerequisites

  • Successful candidates for admission have majored or minored in psychology, child development, education, or a closely related field as undergraduates, and/or have pursued one of these areas in a previous master’s degree.
  • Candidates who don’t hold the degree(s) above are eligible with the completion of 18 semester units of prerequisite coursework prior to enrollment.

Attend an Open House

  • Open Houses are held throughout the year to provide further information and exploration of our program.
  • Check our Graduate Open House site to see dates and details for Spring 2021. 

Complete Your Application

  • Applications are completed electronically. Detailed instructions are available in the program information packet.
  • The application requires one set of official transcripts of previous degree work; three letters of recommendation; and a personal statement of intent. These are described in detail in the information packet.
  • The priority application deadline is the first Friday of February in each calendar year. The final deadline for all applications, if slots remain available, is the last Friday of March.  We admit a cohort of students each year, and they have historically begun their coursework together in summer session II (first week of July).

Participate in a Group Interview

  • Applicants that meet admission requirements in an initial screening will be invited to participate in group interview(s), a critical component of the admission process. 
  • Group interviews are typically scheduled during the first two weeks of March.

Admission Decisions

  • Applicants who are admitted or waitlisted will be notified via the online application portal beginning in late March and continuing throughout April.
  • The deadline for accepting an offer of admission and submitting a commitment deposit is generally April 15 and will be noted in the statement of acceptance.

Explore Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

  • The School of Education lists many scholarship and grant opportunities to assist you.
  • LMU's financial aid website also lists key resources and instructions.
  • We encourage you to explore these opportunities at your earliest convenience.

Enroll and Complete Post-Admission Requirements

  • Your statement of acceptance available in the application portal will detail key steps to complete for enrollment, as well as the contact information on your academic advisor.
  • Admitted candidates then complete post-admission requirements prior to enrollment in their first class.

Successful program completion awards candidates with an M.A. in Educational Psychology, an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in School Psychology, and a State of California Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology. These qualifications give you immediate access to many employment opportunities in the field.  

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Per Federal Regulation 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v), all LMU School of Education credential/licensure programs meet the California state requirements as specified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and for the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences as appropriate. The institution has not made a determination as to whether these credential, licensure, and professional preparation programs meet the requirements of states outside of California. If you are interested in practicing in a state other than California, it is recommended that you contact the respective licensing entity of that state to seek information or guidance regarding their requirements in advance to allow for appropriate planning.