Doctoral Program

Admission Criteria

In addition to the general University requirements for admission to graduate study, for admission to doctoral work without deficiencies in the Division of Educational Psychology & Methodology, candidates must present:  

  • A minimum of 12 credits of undergraduate or graduate coursework in psychology, educational psychology, education, or related fields.
  • Typical requisites for admissions include:
    1. At least one of the following:
      • A 3.0 cumulative average in the applicant's last 60 hours of undergraduate course work.
      • A 3.2 cumulative average in a master's degree program.
      • A 3.5 cumulative average in 9 hours of graduate study taken before admission.
    2. Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (General Test).
    3. Three letters of recommendation from instructors or professors familiar with the applicant's academic work and/or previous research.
    4. Personal Statement: A well-written essay that reflects the applicant's knowledge of and interest in educational psychology and methodology, and reveals a match between the applicant's stated goals and the program offerings.
    5. Test scores for international applicants whose primary language is not English: A minimum of 213 on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 550 on the written TOEFL, 79 on the internet-based TOEFL, or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Diversity among student backgrounds and views is desired. To this end, the admissions committee also considers applicants' accomplishments and personal qualities as reflected in their application statements and recommendations.