About the Ph.D. Degree

The traditional Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology and Research (EDPR) grounds potential graduates in foundational educational and psychological theories related to human development and learning and cognition/motivation, as well as methodological skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Previous graduates from the EDPR Ph.D. program have obtained employment as educational researchers, university faculty members, and educational policy analysts, to name a few.

We accept both part-time and full-time students and offer the traditional program in a face-to-face format. Application deadlines (traditional): Fall entry (March 1st) and Spring entry (November 1st). Applicants are normally notified within two weeks about application their status, and interviews are normally required.

Becoming a Ph.D. Student in the EDPR program

Prior to submitting your application, students should research the various EDPR faculty members and list in order of preference whom the student would like to be paired with for their initial advisor. Faculty have adopted a “research apprenticeship” model to work with potential graduate students, so matching of research interests often leads to programmatic success. Additional opportunities for conducting social science research are available through colloquiua, student-student and faculty-student led research projects, participation in research groups, and through additional opportunities as they arise. Potential applicants should note that research is an important part of being successful in the EDPR Ph.D. program and accompanies the taking of courses.  

Graduate funding is available for students through teaching and research assistantships. Students should express in their applications whether they desire funding. 


Chris Mueller

Chris Meuller
Educational Psychology Program Coordinator
105C Ball Hall
(901) 678-2841 (phone)
(901) 678-5114 (FAX)

Susan Nordstrom

Susan Nordstrom
Educational Research Program Coordinator
101B Ball Hall
(901) 678-1525 (phone)
(901) 678-5114 (FAX)




Online PhD in Educational Psychology and Research

The Online PhD program in Educational Psychology and Research will prepare you for careers in academic and professional communities with content expertise and research experience within your area of study interest. Upon admission into the online program, you will have the opportunity to work with dynamic and respected faculty members; all of whom are recognized experts in their respective areas. These faculty are dedicated to working with students under a “research apprenticeship” model that will help you pursue your interests, no matter where you plan to take your career. Among other activities, working with our faculty will enable you to tap into your own research interests in your concentration area, striving to offer research development opportunities, and in some cases to unlock grants and other funding sources to support your research. 

Our graduate students come with a variety of backgrounds, interests, and career goals. What is common among our enrolled graduate students is a shared commitment to research and to addressing contemporary social and educational issues through application of relevant theory and research. Our students are highly competitive applicants for jobs in education, psychology, health professions, and other related fields, holding positions as  researchers, consultants, administrators, and faculty members in higher education institutions.

The program requirements for online students are the same as that for on-campus students. Students will complete a core set of research and educational psychology courses, with additional elective course requirements that allow the customization to your area of interest. Online students can also complete additional coursework beyond the doctoral program requirements to obtain a graduate certificate in qualitative or quantitative research methods. All online doctoral students are required to complete both a research residency project and a dissertation demonstrating their ability to conduct original applied research studies. A minimum of 54 credit hours (including 12 dissertation hours) are required to complete the degree program. Student applications ARE ACCEPTED (part-time and full-time) for both SPRING and FALL admission.  

Please note that, since the purpose of our doctoral training program is to prepare researchers who work in specialized areas, individuals interested ONLY in an applied clinical position or a position that requires certification or licensure (e.g., school counselor, school psychologist, mental health counselor) should not apply to this program.

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