Educational Psychology & Research



The Educational Psychology and Research (EDPR) program consists of two degree programs: master’s (M.S.) and doctorate (Ph.D.). Research is a high priority in both degree programs. The programs utilize an intensive research apprenticeship model to enhance students’ research experiences. For both academic and engaged research, students may find that the university’s urban setting offers rich and diverse research opportunities, including working with local schools and community organizations.

Students in each program must complete a set of core courses in EDPR. They also need to choose a variety of elective courses in human development, cognition, motivation, and research methods including a quantitative approach and a qualitative approach. These courses often feature classical and contemporary theories, hands-on research experiences and recent development in educational psychology and research.

Our Master of Science (M.S.) program is available with different pathways for students to study toward their M.S. on campus, online, or in a hybrid mode. They all require a minimum of 30 credit hours. These pathways are meant to offer equal learning experiences for those who would like to pursue a graduate degree while working full time or attending the program from a remote location. The M.S. program prepares students for working in diverse education-related fields. Upon graduation, many graduates from the M.S. program advance their professional careers. With a strong emphasis on research in its curriculum, the program also prepares aspiring students for entering the Ph.D. program or a social science research career. 

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program has two pathways: (1) Entering the program with a Master’s degree to complete a minimum of 54 credit hours or (2) entering the program with a Bachelor’s degree to complete a minimum of 72 credit hours. Students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree are encouraged to apply. The Ph.D. program prepares graduates for careers that require a research background and expertise. Past graduates from the Ph.D. program have become university professors, senior administrators, organization directors, senior researchers and analysts in both public and private sectors.  

Please see our Graduate Student Handbook for detailed information about our programs and processes. 

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