Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology and Research

The Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY) offers the Educational Psychology and Research (EPR) program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. This program includes instruction within two specialized areas of emphasis referred to as "tracks":  Development & Learning (D&L) and Research, Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics (REMS).

The Development & Learning track for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program prepares students for work as research scientists in educational psychology. Graduates work in a variety of settings, but most commonly seek faculty positions in higher education. The program includes coursework in the areas of human development (with a primary focus on child or adolescent development), learning and cognition, and educational research methods, as well as completion of a data-driven dissertation. Doctoral students develop their own research agenda around a relevant development and learning topic in collaboration with faculty. Research training includes presenting research at national conferences and publishing research in scientific journals. Teaching at the University is also an integral part of our doctoral education. The PhD is typically completed in 3-4 years of full-time study beyond the Master's degree.

The Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics (REMS) track prepares students for careers in educational measurement and quantitative research methods. The Ph.D. program includes coursework in research methods, psychometrics, and statistical analysis. Students typically complete the Ph.D. in 3-4 years of full-time study.

  • REMS refers to the track of study that includes Research methods, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics.
  • D&L refers to the track of study that includes Development and Learning.

Opportunities are available each year for students to be involved in basic and applied educational research.