The Department of Educational Psychology offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Psychology.
Applicants are required to choose a specialization from developmental and learning sciences; counseling psychology; quantitative, qualitative, and psychometric methods (QQPM); or school psychology.
The Developmental and Learning Sciences is focused on advancing and applying a theoretical understanding of 1) Social and Emotional Development, 2) Cognition, Learning, and Instruction, and 3) Educational Neuroscience across the lifespan.
The Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods is a multidisciplinary program that provides students with a wide range of skills related to research methodology, educational and psychological measurement, and applied statistics. The program is unique in its emphasis on qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method research approaches, and in the integration of cognitive and developmental principles of educational psychology.
The Counseling Psychology program strives for an equal balance between science and professional psychological practice in the general context of a life span model of human development-oriented toward community agencies, schools, and college settings. The counseling psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
The School Psychology program is highly respected both locally and throughout the nation. Students are directly admitted to the Ed.S. or a Ph.D degree but will earn a master's degree in route. The Ed.S. program is designed primarily for individuals who wish to work in public school settings and is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. The Ph.D. program prepares graduates for practice in universities, schools, hospitals, developmental centers, mental health centers, clinics, and private practice. The Ph.D. program is accredited by the American Psychological Association, approved by the National Association of School Psychologists, and leads to Nebraska licensure in professional psychology.
Developmental and Learning Sciences
Quantitative, Qualitative and Psychometric Methods
Graduate Admission Requirements
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- One set of transcripts.
- If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
- If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
* Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
- If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
- Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Major Admission Requirements
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
- Personal statement
- Three recommenders
Developmental Learning Sciences: January 15 for Early Consideration. May 1 for Fall. October 1 for Spring.
Counseling Psychology: December 5 for Fall.
Quantitative, Qualitative And Psychometric Methods: January 15 for Fall. October 1 for Spring (M.A. only).
School Psychology: December 1 for Fall.
NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed
* Updates to graduate program pages are made on an annual basis in conjunction with the Graduate Application for Admission.
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