About the (Traditional) Ph.D. Degree


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

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

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. 

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