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Admissions

The Master of Science (M.S.) program in Educational Psychology and Research invites applicants with an undergraduate degree from a range of diverse fields. Applicants to the on-campus or online M.S. program should demonstrate a strong research interest, proficient college writing skills, and a well-rounded academic performance. The admission requirements for the online program are identical to those for the on-campus program. M.S. students can attend the program as either full-time or part-time students.

M.S. students can take an online or a hybrid path toward their degree. The online degree programs at the University of Memphis include students from across the United States and around the globe. The admission requirements for the online M.S. students are identical to those for the on-campus program. A student’s transcript for an online program will be issued in the same way as the transcript for an on-campus program. 

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Educational Psychology and Research welcomes applicants with a master's degree or a bachelor’s degree from diverse fields of inquiry. Applicants to the Ph.D. program should demonstrate a strong commitment to conducting research and meet all the admission requirements for the Ph.D. program. Doctoral students who have earned a master’s degree may attend the program as either full-time or part-time students.

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree will complete the first two years of their study toward a master’s degree before continuing their study toward a doctorate in Educational Psychology and Research. All students who enter the Ph.D. program with a bachelor’s degree are required to maintain the full-time status.

Application Components:

M.S. Admission Requirement

  • Three recommendation letters, two of which must be written by university professors who can directly and specifically comment on applicant’s academic performance, writing skills, research experiences, interests and potential. 
  •  A goal statement (700-1000 words) that describes applicant’s  (1) research interests and activities, (2) research experiences, and (3) reasons for seeking entrance to the Educational Psychology and Research program, including long- and short-term goals and how the program can help you achieve those goals.
  • An academic writing sample, which can be one of the following:
    • Undergraduate thesis 
    • Paper written for completing an academic course on which the applicant is the sole author. 
    • Published article or research paper presented at a conference with the applicant being the 1st author.
  • GRE scores, encouraged but not required.
     

Ph.D. Admission Requirements

  • GRE scores.
  • Three recommendation letters, all of which are written by university professors who can directly and specifically comment on your academic performance, writing skills, research experiences, interests and potential. 
  • A goal statement (800-1200 words) that describes (1) research experiences, (2) current research interests and activities, and (3) reasons for seeking entrance to the Educational Psychology and Research program, including long- and short-term goals, and how the program can help you achieve those goals.
  • An academic writing sample, which can be one of the following:
    • Master’s or bachelor’s thesis
    • Research paper written for completing an academic course on which the applicant is the sole author. 
    • Published article or research paper presented at a conference in which the applicant is the 1st author.
  • Interview with the admission committee.


To apply to our programs, please complete and submit the Graduate School online application 

 

Important Deadlines for Completed Application Packets:

Fall Semester: March 1

Spring Semester: November 1
(International applicants are encouraged to submit applications by November 1 if financial aid is desired.)

 

      Limited graduate assistantships are available for full-time doctoral students. An assistantship requires working for the department for 20 hours a week during the fall and/or spring semester. The assistantship can require being available on campus during the day or evening.

 

     Please read the official Graduate Bulletin for current requirements for the degree.

 

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