Master of Professional Psychology (School Psychology)

Course summary

The Master of Professional Psychology (School Psychology) specialisation is for graduates of a four-year accredited psychology program who are interested in pursuing a career as a school psychologist. This specialisation is only available to applicants who hold a graduate scholarship offered by the NSW Department of Education.

The School Psychology specialisation will prepare you to work as a school psychologist by providing a 5th year of structured learning and supervised practice in the school setting. Following completion of this 5th year degree, you undertake a 6th year of supervised internship within a school setting, prior to applying for general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

What you will study

The program provides one year of full-time education in the professional practice of psychology that:

  • forms the foundation for professional practice, building on the existing knowledge and skills base acquired as part of an APAC-accredited (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) four-year undergraduate course;
  • takes an evidence-based approach based to the scientist-practitioner model;
  • is broad and generalist in nature; and
  • grounds the core professional competencies as outlined in the APAC accreditation standards.

To prepare you for a career as a school psychologist, you will focus on School Psychology in Context through supervised practicum in NSW schools, research, reflective practice and applied interventions.

This degree

Delivery of this course is flexible, using a combination of e-learning, online lectures, webinars, teleconference tutorials, online discussion groups, and simulated laboratory exercises. In addition, you will attend two one-week intensive sessions on-campus for skills training and competency assessments. Supervised school psychology placements will strengthen your learning and competence.

Course information

Study area




Course Code



1 year full-time. Part-time study is not available for this specialisation.




UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Students accepted into the course must have successfully completed a four year, or three year plus a fourth year, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited sequence in psychology within the previous 10 years, and be eligible for registration with the PBA as a provisional psychologist.

Students must also meet the criteria set out by the NSW Department of Education.

Places in this course are limited. Entry is competitive and is based on academic merit and personal suitability.

Selection procedures include:

  • satisfactory completion of the application form and a personal statement;
  • referee reports from at least two referees;
  • confirmation of original degree certificates;
  • completion of an interview with a panel; and
  • an average mark of 70% across all psychology subjects for the four years of previous study.

For information on how to apply, please visit the Postgraduate Psychology webpage. Here you will find step by step instructions and additional supporting documentation required to complete your application.



Prior to undertaking work-based placements, all students will be required to undergo compliance checks, consisting of:

  • a national criminal record check; and
  • compliance with NSW Health's immunisation requirements.
  • Working with Children Check

The criminal record clearance will be conducted by the NSW Police and/or the Australian Federal Police. Students are required to arrange for this check to be undertaken following enrolment, and the cost of the check will be their responsibility.

Students should consult the information on Criminal Records Checks, Prohibited Employment Declaration and Infectious Diseases in the Additional Information section.








$14,592 (2022)

$29,184 (2022)

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in some postgraduate coursework degrees in the Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities subject to quota availability.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

This program is not available to international applicants.

Admission Profile



This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2020.

Applicant background

2020 intake

2020 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.



Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.



Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.



Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.



ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).



Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).



International students All other students.



All students



< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2020

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates




2022 Autumn


Orientation: 22 - 24 February 2022
Session: 28 February – 23 June 2022

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 10 October 2021. Please refer to the School of Psychology for application procedures.
  • International Applicants: This course is not available to international applicants.

Course Structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Handbook

Accreditation & professional recognition

The Master of Professional Psychology (School Psychology) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as meeting the requirements of a 5th year program of study, allowing progression towards registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Why choose this course

The Master of Professional Psychology (School Psychology) has been developed to meet the requirements of the NSW Department of Education for school psychologists