The University of Alabama Educational Psychology Program admits candidates to the master’s (MA), Educational Specialist (EdS), Doctor of Education (EdD), and PhD graduate degree programs. The mission of the program is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the theory and research related to learners, learning, and developmental processes. All degree programs reflect this mission and prepare students for careers as faculty members within academic settings, researchers in agencies or businesses, and school practitioners. The program invites applications from all potential students, especially those in underrepresented populations.

The PhD is an advanced research degree and is designed specifically for students interested in careers within academic and research settings. PhD students may develop areas of study in:

  1. learning
  2. motivation
  3. human development
  4. educational neuroscience (an established PhD concentration)

Admission Requirements

Statement of purpose and letters of recommendation consistent with goals of the program, GRE score of 300 or above and a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale are needed for regular admission. Prospective students requiring financial support should complete their applications by January 15 for admission the following fall.

Degree Requirements

Doctoral degrees require 72 or more hours.

Additional information is in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.