Oct 23, 2018  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Psychology and Research, (MS)

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MS Degree Programs

The Master’s degree programs in Educational Psychology and Research prepare educational leaders for scholarly expertise with a knowledge base for critical thinking in human development across the life span, cognitive processes applied to education, educational research methods and statistics.

Program objectives are: (1) ability to contribute to the professional field through research presentations and writing; (2) preparation for careers as academicians in institutions of higher education, applied researchers and/or scholarly work; (3) development of leadership skills for professional organizations and the ability to contribute to the field through professional service activities.

Program Admission

  1. Applicants must submit a completed application packet, including:
    1. application to the Graduate School,
    2. application to the program,
    3. official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate studies,
    4. official report of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores,
    5. a 500 word statement of purpose and intended area of concentration,
    6. three letters of recommendation.
  2. Applicants to the MS program are evaluated two times a year. All application information must be received by November 1 for spring semester admission, and April 1 for fall semester admission. Applications for international students are only accepted in the fall (November 1 deadline). Late submissions may be considered on an individual basis, but will normally be deferred to the following semester. The admission committee may request a personal interview. Multiple criteria will be used when considering applicant admission, including, but not limited to, undergraduate and graduate grade point average, GRE scores, personal goals statement, relevant employment history, and letters of recommendation. Admission forms are available in the departmental office.

Program Requirements

All programs are a minimum of 36 semester hours

MS program core (12 credits):

Concentration in Educational Psychology or Educational Research (15 credits):

Courses to be taken within the area of concentration will be planned with the major advisor.

Electives to be taken outside of the major (6 credits)

Research project/thesis (3 credits-EDPR 7000):

Each MS student is expected to complete an independent research project or thesis as a culminating experience. NOTE: Students electing to write a thesis should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.

MS Comprehensive Examination

Upon completion of coursework, each MS degree student will complete a written comprehensive examination covering the domains of research methods and data analysis, measurement and evaluation, human development, and learning and cognition. The exam will be administered by the student’s advisory committee and coordinated by the student’s advisor. An oral examination may follow if it is deemed necessary by the advisory committee.

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