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.
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS From Applicants
Q: Do I need to submit my GRE scores when I apply to the M.S. program?
A: No. You are encouraged to provide your GRE scores if you have them or feel strongly that they will support your admission. However, applicants to the M.S. program are not required to submit GRE scores.
Q: How many credit hours do I need to graduate from this M.S. program in EDPR?
A: It takes a minimum of 30 credit hours to complete a master’s degree either on campus or online. For more information, go to our Master’s Degree webpage.
Q: Can I apply to the Ph.D. program without my Master's? If so, will I get my master's on the way?
A: Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree are eligible for entry into the EDPR doctoral program. They can obtain a master’s degree after they fulfill the master’s level requirements on the path to their doctorate.
Q: Do I need to select an EDPR professor to be my advisor when I apply to the Ph.D. program?
A: Yes. You should name 2-3 current faculty members whom you would like to work with. Your top choice usually will be your advisor if you are accepted into the program. Students may inquire to work with other professors or switch to a new advisor whose research interest is congruent with their own.
Q: Do doctoral students get involved in research?
A: Yes. Applicants who are not interested in conducting research are not acceptable to the EDPR program. Once students are enrolled in the program, research is their priority in the program. They will be asked to assist faculty in research, join collaborative research, and conduct independent research.
Q: What are the research opportunities that the EDPR program offers? How do I get involved in research labs or ongoing research projects?
A: Before you apply to the program or while you are studying in the program, contact the professor you are interested in working with to get more information or send your inquiry to the faculty program coordinator.
Q: What kind of research are faculty currently working on? Do they have a lab, and are they accepting graduate students?
A: EDPR faculty members do not have lab spaces but classrooms are commonly used for lab meetings in Ball Hall. It is important for students to examine the faculty members’ publications to learn whether they want to get involved in a particular type of research. Feel free to make an appointment with every faculty member to learn what kind of research opportunities are available.
Q: What are the requirements for each degree?
A: The requirements and details for each degree program can be found under the “Degrees & Certificates” dropdown at the website of Educational Psychology and Research.
Q: How much is the graduate school tuition?
A: The approximate tuition can be found on the University of Memphis cost of attendance estimator. For the online MS program in Educational Psychology and Research (EDPR), tuition is $647 per credit hour. A student needs to meet the minimum of 30 credit hours to complete the degree.
Q: Are classes offered virtually, or in person?
A: Both are offered under the normal condition. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, classes have all been moved to online, remote, or hybrid formats. We hope to resume in person courses in Fall 2021. Students in the online M.S. degree program can fully complete the program through online courses.
Q: How long will it take to complete the program?
A: A full-time M.S. student may need 4 semesters and a part-time M.S. student may need 3 - 4 years. For a full-time Ph.D. student, it takes about 6-7 years, similar to the national average completion time.