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Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Psychology

Overview

Educational psychology is the science of learners and learning and draws upon rigorous research to apply psychological principles to educational issues.  Educational psychologists are interested in factors that affect student learning, engagement, and motivation, and often consider features of biology, individual differences, and development, as well as social and contextual factors.  Educational psychology also involves learning the techniques of the scientific method that apply to our field: using tests and measurements, statistics, and research methodology.  Thus, major courses are designed to help you learn about these topics while also helping you learn the methods in how knowledge is gained in the field.

Our graduate programs are designed to prepare individuals for employment in research, teaching, and service settings.  Coursework includes development, cognition, motivational and social factors, individual differences, measurement, statistics, and research.  The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in General Educational Psychology is a planned program consisting of 35 hours of coursework.


Curriculum

Educational Psychology Major Core (10 hours)

  • EPY 6214 Educational and Psychological Statistics
  • EPY XXXX Educational Psychology elective in consult with advisor
  • EPY 8263 Psychological Testing in Educational and Related Settings

General Educational Psychology
Concentration Requirements (19 hours)

  • EPY 6033 Applications of Learning Theories in Educational and Related Settings
  • EPY 6073 Personal and Motivational Factors in Education Related Settings
  • EPY 8214 Advanced Educational and Psychological Statistics
  • EPY 8223 Psychological Foundations of Education
  • EPY 8293 Cognitive and Affective Development
  • EDF 8363 Function and Methods of Research
    • or PSY 8513 Psychological Research

Related Electives or Thesis Hours (6 hours)

Non-Thesis Option

  • EDF 9453 Introduction to Qualitative Research

and ONE EPY or PSY course in consult with your advisor.  Some recommended courses include:

  • EPY 6553 Creativity and Innovation
  • EPY 8253 Child and Adolescent Development and Psychopathology
  • EPY 8533 Practicum in Teaching with Educational Psychology
  • EPY 9313 Education Evaluation Methods
  • EPY 9723 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Educational Psychology
  • PSY 6403 Biological Psychology
  • PSY 6713 Language and Thought
  • PSY 6983 Psychology of Aging
  • PSY 8313 Developmental Psychology

Thesis Option

  • EPY 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis in Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology Faculty


Current Students

Our master's students may complete the 35-hour coursework in 1 to 2 years, depending on whether they attend summer school and whether they have earned credits in our accelerated master's program.  The recommended sequence for coursework for the 2-, 1.5-, and 1-year options is listed below:

Two Years

1st Year Fall 1st Year Spring 2nd Year Fall 2nd Year Spring
EPY 6033 or 6073 EPY 6033 or 6073 EPY 8223 or 8293 EDF 9453
EPY 6214 EDF 8363 Elective EPY 8263
EPY 8223 or 8293 EPY 8214 Elective  

One and A Half Years

1st Year Fall 1st Year Summer 1st Year Spring 2nd Year Fall
EPY 6214 EPY 6033 EPY 8214 EPY 8223 or 8293
EDF 8363 EPY 6073 EPY 8263 Elective
EPY 8223 or 8293   EDF 9453 Elective

One Year

1st Year Fall 1st Year Summer 1st Year Spring
EDF 8363 EPY 6214 EPY 8263
EPY 8223 or 8293 EPY 8214 EPY 8223 or 8293 as DIS
Elective   EDF 9453

Prospective Students

Applicants to the M.S. program must apply via the Graduate School: https://apply.grad.msstate.edu/.  Completed applications are then reviewed by the Educational Psychology faculty admissions committee.  When applying via the Graduate School website, make sure you select the "General Ed. Psychology" option from the drop-down menu (see screenshot below), you would otherwise be applying to the wrong program area (and your application fee cannot be refunded).

M.S. application screenshot

Application Materials

The following materials are required by the Educational Psychology graduate programs:

  • Personal Statement or Statement of Purpose
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or Vitae
  • GRE scores (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing)*
  • Other materials as required by the Graduate School (e.g., English test scores for international applicants)

*Applicants for Fall 2022 or later admission are no longer required (but strongly encouraged) to submit GRE scores.

Application Deadlines

Starting Fall 2022, the program will switch to fall admission only.

  • Early Admission**: February 15
  • Regular Admission: August 1 (for domestic students) and May 1 (for international students)

**All applicants who apply by our early admission deadline are given full consideration for assistantships.

Financial Assistance

Students in the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Educational Psychology may receive financial assistance through assistantships. 

Assistantships may be available from the department and via other related units on campus.  Some students have obtained assistantships outside of the department in other areas including the Dean's Office, Student Support Services, Department of Human Sciences, Research Curriculum Unit, and Social Sciences Research Center.

If awarded, assistantships range between $17,000 and $20,000 and include a tuition waiver (both in-state and out-of-state tuition) and a monthly stipend ranging from $720.00 to $1000.00 depending on the placement.  All "early admission" applicants are given full consideration for assistantships, but priority would be given to applicants to the Ph.D. program.

Students must be enrolled full-time (i.e., 9 credit hours) and complete 20 hours per week for each assistantship.  For more information regarding university assistantships, please go to the Office of Graduate Studies website at: https://www.grad.msstate.edu/funding-tuition.

In addition to assistantships, some students apply for financial aid to assist them in meeting the financial demands of graduate school.  In order to obtain more information about financial aid, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website at http://sfa.msstate.edu.  

For the most current information regarding tuition and fees, please visit the Account Services website at https://www.controller.msstate.edu/accountservices/tuition/.


Career Opportunities

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Contact Information

Elaine Wei, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology
ewei@colled.msstate.edu