Degree Requirements

The master’s degree program requires at least 33 credit hours. Students enrolled in the master of arts do a thesis or research manuscript that demonstrates research competence and includes an oral defense of the paper. The master of arts is the preferred degree for students who intend to pursue a doctor of philosophy. Master’s students must have completed or plan to complete 15 hours of prerequisite course work. The prerequisite course work is over and above that required for the master’s degree itself and, thus, cannot be counted on the program of study for the master’s degree. Many students will have completed these prerequisites in their undergraduate programs.

For a sample plan of study and course listing, go to the course catalog.

Educational Psychology Master’s Planner


For Fall 2021 applicants, the department has decided to temporarily suspend the requirement of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission:

How to Apply

Submit the following documents using the MU Office of Graduate Studies application by Jan. 15 for the next fall cohort:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV/resume
  • Unofficial academic transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from an accredited institution in psychology, education or a related major
  • Statement of purpose
  • TOEFL for international students (preferred score of 580 for paper test, 92 iBT, IELTS 7 or higher)
    • Institution code: 6875