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Department of Psychology

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School Program

Degree: Ph.D in Psychology
Concentration: School Psychology

The School Psychology Concentration at USC is both excellent and unique:

  • 1 of 4 national programs with a Carnegie Research 1 designation (“Very High Research Activity”)
  • Unique given its diversity in training and research depth
  • Ranked top 3 Best School Psychology Program (U.S. News and World Report)
  • Recognized as a Model Program (APA Division 16)
  • Uniquely housed in a Department of Psychology (1 of only 4 programs to be in Psychology)
  • Ranked as one of the top 5 programs to place graduates in academic positions
  • 92% of applicants matched to APPIC internships across the past 5 years
  • 100% of graduate students funded for four years of training: tuition (~$13,650/year) and stipend ($18,250/year)
  • A variety of high-quality practicum sites, including USC Department of Pediatrics, USC Psychological Services Center, and a range of school settings including schools with specialized programs for autism, preschool-aged children, and drop-out prevention

The USC School Psychology concentration is outstanding with a focus on cutting-edge training of psychologists for academic and scholarly careers along with excellent clinical training. The USC School Psychology concentration only trains graduate students at the doctoral level, which allows faculty to work closely with students to pursue their individual interests and perform at a very high caliber. USC School Psychology program faculty are quite accomplished with a high degree of success obtaining grants (nearly $15 million awarded in the past 10 years) and publishing with most papers including student authors. In the past 2 years, faculty have published an average of 11 papers a year with 60% of these papers including a student author. Faculty in the USC School Psychology concentration focus on high impact research themes including evidence-based school mental health programs, positive child well-being, cultural competence, and neuropsychological and literacy assessment and intervention. For more information on faculty and student research, click here. Learn more about our admissions criteria, funding, and how to apply.


The School Psychology Concentration in the College of Arts & Science at the University of South Carolina is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)'s Commission on Accreditation* and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) through a partnership with the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). It was the third School Psychology Graduate Program in the United States to receive APA accreditation (1974). The last APA site visit was in 2015. The next one will be in 2022.

This document contains the APA required Student Admissions, Outcome and Other Data (pdf) for the School Program.

*Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

American Psychological Association Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. Phone: (202) 336-5979, E-mail:

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