M.S. Educational Psychology


The Master of Science in Educational Psychology program, with an emphasis in Experimental Psychology, strives to advance psychological science through teaching, research and service. Students will engage in experiences that develop psychology-specific knowledge, critical thinking abilities, scientific writing abilities, and statistical analysis skills. Students will be challenged to integrate theory with empirical research in applications that serve others as citizens of a globally connected community.

Students who graduate with the Educational Psychology degree with its focus on Experimental Psychology are prepared for entrance into doctoral programs and research-based fields. Students who do not pursue doctoral work find careers in a variety of fields that require research skills and data-driven decision making, as well as advancement in their current career or role.

This program is research-based, and students are required to complete a quantitative thesis research project with faculty mentorship.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Compute and present descriptive and inferential statistical analysis of data.

  2. Write summaries of existing research that address all sections of APA style manuscripts.

  3. Write research reports in APA style.

  4. Identify and summarize relevant psychological theories and research in content areas of specialization.

  5. Analyze the limitations of existing research, articulate gaps in knowledge, and write a logical argument to justify position or project.

  6. Write research hypotheses or predictions for future research that are directly supported by existing empirical research.

  7. Develop and design a novel project supported by existing empirical research to address a problem, issue, or gap in knowledge.

  8. Integrate research results with existing research and theory in an area to draw conclusions supported by data.

Entry Requirements

Students will be admitted into the M.S. Educational Psychology program by the faculty once the following application criteria are met:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Timely submission of admission materials.
  • Completed Counseling and Psychology Department application.
  • Submission of final GRE scores. This requirement is waived only for applicants who have already earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. 
  • Research Experience: While research experience is not required, any research experience applicants have should be noted in application materials.

Admission Materials

  • Department Application: The "Programs of the Counseling & Psychology Department Application" on the Counseling and Psychology web page must be completed online.
  • Personal Statement: An essay describing why the applicant wants to pursue a research-based career in psychology and how the degree will help him/her achieve professional and/or personal goals is required. The essay should include a description of how the applicant plans to use the degree to advance his or her career, the type of research-related profession the applicant plans to enter, the applicant's strengths and weaknesses as they pertain to graduate-level study with an explanation of how the applicant plans to overcome the weaknesses described, and any other qualities which speak to the applicant's interest in and potential to succeed in the Educational Psychology Program. The essay should be no less than 400 words and no more than 600 words. The essay must be typed, double-spaced, and submitted electronically as an attachment to the email address provided in the Departmental Application.
  • Statement of Research Interests and Experience: An essay describing the applicant's experience in performing research and the areas of research the applicant is interested in pursuing is required. The essay should describe all research experiences including (but not limited to) the number and types of research papers written for coursework, research-based honors projects, work with faculty members on research projects, lab assistantships (paid or unpaid), conference presentations, publications, etc. The essay should also include a description of the applicant's ideas and plans for conducting research in the future such as the variables, samples, and/or applications that the applicant wants to explore. The essay should explain why the applicant's interests are a good fit with the Educational Psychology Program at A&M-Central Texas. The essay should be no less than 400 words and no more than 600 words. The essay must be typed, double-spaced, and submitted electronically as an attachment to the email address provided in the Departmental Application.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation explaining the applicant's academic, professional, and/or research abilities are required. These letters should address the applicant's ability to meet graduate-level academic challenges and to work in a research-related profession. Each letter should include an explanation of the author’s relationship with the applicant, evidence of the applicant's relevant competencies, aptitudes, and experiences, and an overall recommendation (e.g., recommend most highly, strongly recommend, recommend, recommend with some reservations, or do not recommend). Letters should be printed and signed by the author then scanned and sent as an attachment to the email address provided in the Department Application.
  • Scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Submission of all scores on the General Test including the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing sections is required. Scores can be no more than 5 years old at time of admission. Submission of GRE scores is waived for applicants who have already earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Resume/CV: A résumé or curriculum vitae summarizing the applicant’s education and work experiences should be submitted with the materials.

Master of Science - Educational Psychology with Experimental Psychology Emphasis Program Requirements

Courses that are common to all emphases may be applied to all. At least 36 hours are required for the degree.

Required Courses
PSYC 5300Behavioral Statistics3
PSYC 5301Research Methods3
PSYC 5304Human Development3
PSYC 5381Assessment and Evaluation Fundamentals3
Educational Psychology Required Courses
PSYC 5302Social Psychological Processes3
PSYC 5303Theories of Learning3
PSYC 5315Physiological Psychology3
PSYC 5316Advanced Quantitative Methods and Experimental Design3
PSYC 5320History and Systems3
PSYC 5321Evolutionary Psychology3
PSYC 5198Psychology Thesis6
Total Credit Hours36