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 M.S. program should demonstrate strong college writing skills and a well-rounded academic performance. 

Master's degree seeking students can take a unique online 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 academic requirements for the online program are identical to those for the traditional program. Your online program and transcript will be issued just the same as from the traditional on-campus M.S. program.  

The Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology and Research welcomes applicants with a Master's degree from diverse fields of inquiry. Applicants to the Ph.D. program should demonstrate a strong commitment to conducting research. In addition to meeting the requirements of the Graduate School, the program requires three recommendation letters by the university professors who the applicant's research experience and aptitude well. The applicant should demonstrate strong graduate school writing skills and a well-rounded academic performance. Doctoral students who have earned a master's degree may attend the program either full- or part-time. Applicants to the Ph.D. program with a bachelor's degree will speend the first two years of their studies completnig courses to earn a master's degree in Educational Psychology and Research. Course requirements and expectations remain the same for bachelor's students on this path. All students wo enter the Ph.D. program with a bachelor's degree are required to maintain full-time status. 

Admission Requirements

Applicants (M.S. program on-campus or online; Ph.D. program) must first apply to the Graduate School. You can find information on the application process here. Entering students must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, have strong academic credentials, and show promise for graduate study. Although many factors are considered in the admissions process, generally all applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in their major and/or last two years of study.
  • Have taken the GRE by the time of application and have a minimum score of 140 on each the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the exam.

All M.S. applicants must submit:

  1. Official transcripts of all colleges attended at both the undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) levels
  2. GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical Writing)
  3. Three letters of reference. These letters must be specifically written for current application into the Educational Psychology and Research M.S. program, signed by the reference, and printed on his/her official letterhead. Academic references are strongly desired (at least two is required), and should be in an appropriate position who can directly and specifically comment on your academic performance, writing skills, research experiences, interests and potential (e.g., current or former advisor or professor). Professionally applicable sources will be accepted; personal references will not be accepted.
  4. A personal goal statement (800-1,000 words) which should state your (1) research experiences, (2) current research interests and activities, and (3) reasons for seeking entrance to the Educational Psychology and Research program including your long- and short-term goals and how the program can help you achieve those goals.
  5. An academic writing sample, which can include but is not limited to:
    1. A thesis
    2. Published artcile
    3. Research paper presented at a conference in which the applicant is the 1st author
    4. Paper written for an academic course on which the applicant is the sole author.

To apply for any of 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.)

Graduate assistantships are available for ful-time doctoral students. An assistantship requires working for the department for 20 hours a week per week during the academic semesters. This might require being available on campus during the day or evening.

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