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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.

This residential program has rolling admission. Incomplete applications are not reviewed. Applications must be fully complete and submitted (including all required materials) and all application fees paid prior to the deadline in order for applications to be considered and reviewed. For a list of all required materials for this program application, please see the “Admissions” section below.

  • July 1 is the deadline for Fall applications.
  • November 15 is the deadline for Spring applications.
  • March 15 is the deadline for Summer applications.

*Those applicants interested in being considered for any available PhD funding should submit completed applications by December 15 for the following Fall semester.

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This program does not lead to licensure in the state of Indiana or elsewhere. Contact the College of Education Office of Teacher Education and Licensure (OTEL) at licensure@purdue.edu before continuing with program application if you have questions regarding licensure or contact your state Department of Education about how this program may translate to licensure in your state of residence.

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Admissions

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Application Instructions for the Educational Psychology and Research Methodology PhD program from the Office of Graduate Studies:

In addition to a submitted application (and any applicable application fees paid), all completed materials must be submitted by the application deadline in order for an application to be considered complete and forwarded on to faculty and the Purdue Graduate School for review.

Here are the materials required for this application:

We encourage prospective students to submit an application early, even if not all required materials are uploaded. Applications are not forwarded on for faculty review until all required materials are uploaded.

When submitting your application for this program, please select the following options:

  • Campus and Program Tab:
    • Select a Campus: Purdue West Lafayette (PWL)
    • Select your proposed graduate major: Educational Studies
  • First Choice Program Details Tab:
    • Please select an Area of Interest: Educational Psychology
    • Please select a Degree Objective: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Primary Course Delivery: Residential

Program Requirements

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I. Departmental Foundation Requirement

Two graduate level foundational statistics courses by advisement (6)
One departmental advanced research methods course (3):

  • EDPS 63000 – Research Procedures in Education

II. Primary Area Core Requirements

Two of the following (6):

  • EDPS 53000 – Advanced Educational Psychology
  • EDPS 53600 – Achievement Motivation and Performance
  • EDPS 53500 – Personal and Social Development

Nine credits of enrollment in Variable Title/Variable Credit Seminars (9)
One course (other than EDPS 53300/EDPS 63000) by advisement in research methodology/measurement (3)

III. Primary Area of Specialization

Four electives by advisement. Must be different from courses taken to meet requirements in II above (12)

IV. Related Area

Three electives by advisement from an area of study outside of educational psychology (must be different from courses taken to meet Requirements in II & III above). (9)

V. Thesis Credits

Multiple enrollments in EDPS 69900 (Research PhD Thesis) are expected while working on the thesis. Typically, students take 15-21 hours of EDPS 69900 credit for a PhD degree. (15)
Total Credits: 63+

Supplemental Program Information

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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.

Faculty

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Charles R. Hicks Chair Professor, Professor of Statistics (Courtesy) Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-9625 Website: Vita
Senior Lecturer Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 496-2354
Clinical Assistant Professor Educational PsychologyEducational Studies
Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor Educational Psychology and Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: 765-494-7333
Executive Director, Center for Instructional Excellence & Professor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Professor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-0093 Website: Google Scholar
Professor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-7247
Professor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 496-2368
Associate Department Head, Associate Professor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-7295
Interim Department Head, Professor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-7321
Clinical Professor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-8121
Associate Professor Educational Psychology & Research MethodologyEducational Studies
Work Phone: (765) 494-7347 Website: Curriculum Vitae

Questions?

Course Registration, payment, drops/withdraws, and removing holds:
edgrad@purdue.edu
Career accounts:
ITaP (765) 494-4000