Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Educational Psychology & Individual Differences

The Department of Educational Psychology offers this degree program.

Is this Program for Me?

The Doctoral Program in Educational Psychology and Individual Differences prepares skilled professionals who serve in diverse educational settings. Successful progress in the program requires academic, professional, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skill development.

The degree qualifies students as university and college instructors, program evaluators, and researchers in psychological and educational environments. In addition, it provides them with the skills necessary to fill a variety of roles in other settings in which knowledge of human development, learning theory, research and evaluation methods are essential.

This process is both intellectually and personally demanding. The first year core requirements, in particular, entail a strong commitment to the program in terms of time, which includes travel time for courses and meetings, time in class, and time devoted to coursework and research. Full participation in the doctoral program necessitates that students balance their personal commitments (e.g., family, self, personal health) with the professional commitments associated with the program.

Students will be able to finish this degree in approximately five years if they are registered full-time (at least 9 hours per semester). If students attend school part-time it will take longer to complete the program.

What will I learn?

This program emphasizes foundations of psychological and educational theory, statistics, and research methodology. Students work closely with faculty and fellow classmates to learn to:

  • Conduct original research
  • Write in a scholarly manner
  • Make a scholarly presentation
  • Participate in the scholarly community
  • Publish in the scholarly community

Students develop professional leadership, ethical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal skills through:

  • Coursework
  • Residency
  • Candidacy Research Project
  • Comprehensive Exam Portfolio
  • Dissertation

Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Following is the most current sample degree plan for the Ph. D. in Educational Psychology and Individual Differences.

What can I do with my degree?

Graduates are trained for teaching and research careers in academic positions and non-academic settings such as local, state and national agencies that deal with educational policy and practices.

The Ph. D. in Educational Psychology and Individual Differences leads to a wide variety of careers such as:

  • College or University Professors
  • Researchers
  • Consultants
  • Educational Research Analysts
  • Program Evaluators

To apply for this program, please see the Graduate Application Checklist.

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