Educational Psychology (PhD)

This degree is a doctor of philosophy in educational, school and counseling psychology with an emphasis in educational psychology.

This degree is part of the educational psychology program, housed in the Department of Educational, School & Counseling Psychology.

Degree Requirements

This doctor of philosophy degree program focuses on generating original research and consists of a minimum of 72 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree. The plan of study provides additional details about requirements.

Note: The educational psychology program does NOT offer training for clinical, counseling or school psychologists. (Other programs in the department do offer APA-accredited school and counseling training.)

Educational Psychology Doctoral Planner


Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission:

How to Apply

Submit the following documents using the MU Office of Graduate Studies application by Jan. 15 for the next fall cohort:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV/resume
  • Unofficial academic transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from an accredited institution in psychology, education or a related major
  • Statement of purpose addressing the following:
    • Describe experiences teaching, designing instruction and engaging in research and how these experiences have prepared you for graduate study. (500-word limit)
    • Describe (1) your research interests that you hope to pursue in graduate school, (2) how these interests match those of specific faculty, (3) your career objectives and (4) how being accepted into MU’s program will benefit your career aspirations. (500-word limit)
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
    • Tests taken on or after Aug. 1, 2011, should have a combined verbal and quantitative score of 305.
    • Institution code: 6875
  • TOEFL for international students (preferred score of 580 for paper test, 92 iBT, IELTS 6.5 or higher)
    • Institution code: 6875