Degree Requirements

This doctor of philosophy degree program focuses on generating original research and consists of a minimum of 72 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the bachelor’s degree. The plan of study provides additional details about requirements.

Note: The educational psychology program does NOT offer training for clinical, counseling or school psychologists. (Other programs in the department do offer APA-accredited school and counseling training.)

Doctoral planner


GRE scores are considered, but a high quality scholarly paper maybe submitted as a substitute for the 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 addressing the following:
    • Describe experiences teaching, designing instruction and engaging in research and how these experiences have prepared you for graduate study. (500-word limit)
    • Describe (1) your research interests that you hope to pursue in graduate school, (2) how these interests match those of specific faculty, (3) your career objectives and (4) how being accepted into MU’s program will benefit your career aspirations. (500-word limit)
  • TOEFL for international students (preferred score of 580 for paper test, 92 iBT, IELTS 7 or higher)
    • Institution code: 6875