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M.S. in Educational Psychology

Program Details

The Master of Science Degree in Educational Psychology is designed for professionals working in school settings, colleges and universities, and business and government, as well as those preparing for work in related areas. Courses for this degree are offered online through distance education.

The program requires 36 hours of non-thesis coursework and a comprehensive examination. Students take 24 hours of core courses and choose from two concentrations for 12 additional hours in either Adult Education or Applied Educational Psychology. This program focuses on concepts, principles, techniques, and models of educational psychology as they are used to facilitate teaching and learning and the creation of effective classroom environments for learners of all ages.

The concentration includes traditional themes in educational psychology (human development, learning principles, assessment, and psychoeducational intervention). The concentration may be used as a stepping stone for entering a doctoral program in educational or school psychology or as an additional preparation for functioning in an educational role in schools, mental health centers, and business programs devoted to personal and professional development.

Courses offered via distance education for the Educational Psychology (EdPsych Online) program are taught by faculty with esteemed national and international reputations. The degree can be completed in two years by taking two courses per semester year round.


  • Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency. A foreign degree must be equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's degree and must be accredited by its regional or national accreditation agency.
  • U.S. Degree holders must have earned a 2.7 out of a possible 4.0 GPA or a minimum of 3.0 during the senior year of undergraduate study. Foreign degree holders must have earned a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or other equivalent to a 'B' average.   If you have completed previous graduate course work, you must have a grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or equivalent. In addition to the minimum requirements established by the Graduate Council, most graduate programs require a higher GPA.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores. To be fully admitted, applicants must submit a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL; 80 on the TOEFL iBT or 6.5 on the IELTS. Applicants may be eligible for English Proficiency Conditional Admission.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges