Educational Psychology Ph.D.

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Our educational psychology program can prepare you for teaching and research careers in many specialized areas. You can work for colleges and universities, school systems, state and federal agencies, business and industry, private research and development organizations, as well as other educational and developmental settings.

Our students combine research and practical application to understand significant issues in education and psychology, and their research areas include development, learning, individual learner differences, intelligence, learning and study strategies, motivation, measurement, evaluation, assessment, and statistics.

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Degree Overview

Our program is flexible.  You and your advisor create the best set of courses for you to take.  Courses are distributed in the following areas:

Educational Psychology Required courses – 51 hrs
  • 18 hrs of Educational Psychology
  • 21 hrs of Educational Research & Methods
  • 12 hrs of Dissertation
Departmental Electives – 15 hrs

These courses are distributed between additional educational psychology and research methods courses as well as foundations of education coursework.

Cognate – 12 hrs

You will select an area to study that is outside of the department.  The cognate allows you to investigate and apply the concepts and theories you learned in the Ed. Psych program to areas outside of the department.  You and your advisor work together to determine your cognate.

Curriculum Model 
Educational Research Methods & Assessment Courses 
Educational Psychology Courses
Foundations of education Courses
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Application Deadlines

  • January 15 (Summer Starts or Fall Start Priority Consideration)
    In order to be competitive for graduate assistantship and/or fellowship funding, and to be given priority in admissions and funding decisions, your application must be complete in the online application system (AY) by this date.  Additionally, applicants who wish to BEGIN their coursework during the summer term must have completed applications in the online application system by this date.
  • April 1 (Fall Semester Start)
    To be considered for admission for the Fall semester, your application must be complete by this date.  Applications that are completed in the online system (AY) by April 1st will receive full consideration for admission to the Fall semester, but are unlikely to be competitive for assistantship and/or fellowship funding.
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Admissions

Admission Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Minimum GPA 2.75
  • Approval of the Department’s Graduate Program Committee, Department Head, faculty members of the Educational Psychology program and the Dean of the Graduate School

Application Materials

  • All official transcripts
    (Hard copies) Send to: Graduate School, 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849
    (Electronic copies) — if permitted by granting institution — Send to:
  • Graduate Record Examination Score —
    Competitive Scores:  400/146 Verbal; 400/140 Quantitative; 4.0/Competent Writing
  • Statement of Intent
  • 3 letters of recommendation (Select the online option)
  • We strongly recommend contacting the Program Coordinator prior to beginning the application process to ensure that you are able to submit the strongest application for consideration.
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Initial Registration Requirements

Auburn University requires on-campus students to provide proof of vaccinations.  Students must only do this before their first term of course registration.  This process is now managed through an online service, Med+Pass.

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Cost & Financial Support

  • Auburn’s Student Financial Services Page provides up-to-date cost information.
  • There are grants and fellowships available to all graduate students.
  • Auburn University’s Financial Aid Office also helps students find support.
  • Graduate research assistantships and graduate teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Priority consideration for assistantships is given to applicants who have submitted completed applications to the online application system (AY) by January 15.
  • Prior to applying for an assistantship, applicants should be familiar with the Guidelines for Graduate Assistantships, found on the Graduate School website.
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