Educational Psychology Ph.D.

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Our educational psychology program can prepare you for careers in research and education. You can work for colleges and universities in faculty or research careers, school systems in evaluation or research roles, state and federal agencies, business and industry, private research and development organizations, as well as other educational and developmental settings.

Our students conduct original research in educational psychology areas including human development, learning theories, identity development, social justice and equity in education, motivation, measurement, evaluation, and research methodologies.

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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 – 79 hrs
  • 21 hrs of Educational Psychology
  • 21 hrs of Educational Research & Methods
  • 10 hrs of Dissertation
Departmental Electives – 12 hrs

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

Cognate – 15 hrs

You will select a specialized area of focus within or outside the department. You and your advisor will work together to determine your cognate and identify appropriate coursework to support your specialization.

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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.

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 Requirements

For the admission process, you will need to provide the following in your application to the Graduate School:

  • All official transcripts
  • Graduate Record Examination Score
    • Sending GRE test scores is optional for all applicants.
    • If applicants choose to include scores, send official score reports to Institution Code 1005.
  • Statement of Intent — Please address the following questions in crafting your letter of intent/application.
    • Why do you want to pursue a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Auburn University? How do your goals and interests align with the field of Educational Psychology? How do they align with our program at Auburn University?
    • A Ph.D. is a research-intensive degree program. What are your research interests? What questions do you hope to pursue in research?
    • Looking at the combined EPSY, ERMA, and FOUN faculty, all of whom are potential advisors and chairs for Educational Psychology doctoral students, with which faculty member(s) would you most want to work? How do your interests and goals align with the research and expertise of our program faculty?
  • 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


Financial Support

Assistantships and Scholarships

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