Why KSU?


I am pleased that you are interested in learning more about the school psychology program at Kent State University. Program prestige can make a big difference in the kind of job you get. If you want to work in a rewarding, high-quality setting, you will need a degree from a well-respected training program. The school psychology program at Kent State is steeped in a rich history and remains a national leader in preparing tomorrow's School Psychologists. As a result, our graduates are sought after, as evidenced by our 100% employment during the past several years.

Why KSU?

Research, Innovation, Reputation

  • Kent State is ranked as one of the Top 200 Universities in the World and one of the best national universities 
  • Professors in the School Psychology program are recognized as leaders who have acquired international, national, and regional acclaim 
  • Kent State has a specialist (Ed.S.) level graduate training program that is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists 
  • Kent State offers a doctoral (Ph.D.) training program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association  
  • A variety of research, practicum, and internship and opportunities are tailored to meet your specific, long-term professional goals 

Commitment to Supporting Students from Diverse Backgrounds

Housed within the KSU College of Education, Health, and Human Services, the KSU School Psychology Program is dedicated to actively recruiting and supporting students from a variety of under-represented groups. The program’s efforts incorporate both institutional-level initiatives and program-specific efforts. Prospective and current students interested in learning more about programs and supports for students from a variety of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to explore the hyperlinks embedded in the following descriptions:

  • Division of People, Culture and Belonging: This website serves as a gateway to information about diversity conferences, student involvement, recruitment and retention, scholarships, student supports, and experiences geared toward students from diverse backgrounds.
  • KSU Student Multicultural Center: This website contains information about academic excellence, cultural celebrations, and student groups such as the Sister Circle and the Male Empowerment Network (M.E.N.), both of which are dedicated to supporting and empowering students of color.
  • Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA): The KSU-BGSA is dedicated to “…the promotion of academic excellence, mentoring, professional guidance, and social support that will enhance the scholarship of Black graduate students at Kent State University.”
  • LGBTQ Student Center: The LGBTQ Student Center is a dedicated safe space for students and their allies that provides programs and events throughout the year focused on support and action pertaining to gender and sexuality issues on campus.
  • Office of Diversity Outreach and Development: Located within the College of EHHS, the office oversees a variety of community outreach and support programs aimed at increasing and retaining the number of students from African American, Latino American, and Native American backgrounds.

Please feel free to peruse our website, as it will provide you with information about both the specialist and doctoral level training programs, including information about applying to the program:

  • For information about the Master of Education/ Educational Specialist (M.Ed./ Ed.S.) program in general, please visit the Ed.S Webpage.   
  • For more information about the Master of Education/Doctor of Philosophy (M.Ed./Ph.D.) program in general, please visit the Ph.D. Webpage
  • For information about the application and admission process, please visit the Application & Admissions Webpage.  

Should you have specific questions regarding the program or application procedures, feel free to contact me directly (my contact information is listed below). I will do my best to respond in a timely fashion. I wish you the best in gather information and hope to hear from you in the future! 


Dr. Richard Cowan
Coordinator and Associate Professor, School Psychology Program