James Madison University

History of Graduate Training in Psychology

The Department of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University has a long history of graduate training in Psychology. The Counseling Psychology Masters Program began in 1970 and first offered the Educational Specialist degree in 1984. The School Psychology Program was developed in 1970 and in 1981 instituted the Educational Specialist degree. The Masters of Arts in Psychological Sciences evolved from the original (1977) Masters in General Psychology Program. The Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program in Clinical and School Psychology, an innovative professional psychology program, was accredited by APA in 1994. The PhD program in Assessment and Measurement Program, established in 1998, was designed to meet the significant needs for outcomes assessment and accountability in education and in other organizations. In 2003, the graduate programs in psychology formed the Department of Graduate Psychology to focus on the unique goals and needs of graduate students as they enter our dynamic, diverse world of research, teaching, and practice.