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Graduate Admission

Note: the Learning Sciences and Human Development program was formerly called Educational Psychology or ESPY. When looking for this degree program on the admission application, also look for the program under ESPY.

Graduate study in the School of Education is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to master and critically analyze scholarship in the field of education and, particularly at the PhD level, to contribute to that scholarship. Students work with a collaborative faculty whose members combine nationally and internationally recognized senior scholars with a cadre of energetic up­and­coming junior scholars and whose overall scholarly productivity is among the top 20 of U.S. schools and colleges of education. The faculty share a commitment to two broad principles that unite graduate study across the school’s program areas: 1) evidence­based policy and practice, and 2) democracy, diversity and social justice.

Graduate MA and PhD programs are available in four general areas in the School of Education: Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI); Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity (EECD); Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice (EFPP); and Educational and Psychological Studies (EPSY). A PhD program is available in Research and Evaluation Methodology (REME). A joint PhD program is available in Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences and the Institute of Cognitive Science. Graduate programs combining the MA and teacher licensure are also available.

Graduate Studies


The Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences MA program focuses on research, theory and professional knowledge with an emphasis on learning and teaching in K­12 educational settings. The program is structured in accordance with a scientist-practitioner model with primary emphasis given to academic study and research. All students develop an academic foundation in educational psychology that prepares them for further study at the PhD level, work in K­12 education or employment in the private sector.


The Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences (EPSY) PhD program addresses basic psychological processes related to learning, development and instruction. For example, course topics include the social and cultural contexts of learning and development, achievement motivation, cognitive processes in learning, gender and learning, and the role of social interaction and communication. Courses also address theories of human development, with a particular focus on young children and adolescents. The experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse youth are a central focus of our research and teaching. EPSY faculty members and students study learning inside of K­12 settings as well as in community centers and after­school clubs.

Graduate Degree Requirements