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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Psychology & Research Methodology

To attain the expertise needed to address major issues in education, students enroll in our research-oriented doctoral program. This program requires a dissertation and entails 60 hours of graduate credit beyond a completed master’s degree. These credits include 45-50 credit hours of graduate courses and 10-15 credit hours of dissertation research designed by each student with the approvals of his or her advisory committee and the departmental graduate committee.

Each student’s primary area of study includes foundational education courses, specialized education courses, and five research methods courses. Graduate students in educational psychology or gifted education receive credit for courses in which they earn a grade of “B” or higher.

+ Plan of study: PhD Program

Areas of Specialization

Typical specializations include:

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Motivation
  • Self-Regulated Learning
  • Educational Measurement
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Personal-Social Development and Schooling

See Educational Psychology and Research Methodology Faculty for their areas of expertise.

Related Areas of Study

Related areas of study support the specialization. At least one related area will be in a different program area or department inside or outside the College of Education.

Additional Requirements

If you are interested in earning a PhD, please see our Educational Psychology and Research Methodology Faculty and contact faculty who share your research interests. For more details, please contact the chair of the departmental graduate committee.