Top Educational Psychology Graduate Programs

Learn about degree programs in educational psychology, which is the study of how students learn in various educational environments. Find information about the programs at four top-notch universities, as well as a table that highlights other schools in the U.S. with educational psychology programs.

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In educational psychology programs, students learn how to work with children who have learning disabilities, as well as those identified as gifted and talented. Some schools also offer specialization areas, such as human development.

School Overviews

The following are profiles of four well-ranked schools with graduate educational psychology programs. They were high on the lists of top schools released by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

Baylor University in Waco, TX

School Highlight: Baylor's School of Education houses the Baylor Autism Resource Clinic for Central Texas, which features numerous resources related to autism and cutting-edge research projects.

Baylor University (BU) is a private, Baptist college that ranked 71st on the U.S. News & World Report list of best colleges in the nation for 2017. The university's Department of Educational Psychology offers an MSEd, requiring 36 hours of core coursework, and an MA in Educational Psychology, which requires 30 hours of coursework and a thesis project. BU also offers a Ph.D. in Education Psychology, which allows for specializations in the areas of learning and development, exceptionalities and measurement. The program prepares students for careers in research and university faculty positions.

University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI

School Highlight: In addition to the MS and Ph.D., the department of education at the University of Wisconsin offers an Education and Educational Services Program for students interested in certain aspects of education but who have not majored in education.

The University of Wisconsin, Madison (UWM) placed 44th on the U.S. News & World Report list of top national universities for 2017. The Department of Educational Psychology offers an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. Graduate students can specialize in human development, learning sciences, quantitative methods or school psychology. Research facilities within the Department of Educational Psychology include the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the Center on Education and Work.

University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT

School Highlight: Graduate students in the University of Connecticut's educational psychology program can join the Student Association of School Psychology, which seeks to foster research, networking and collaboration between educational psychology students.

The University of Connecticut (UConn) ranked 60th on the U.S. News & World Report list of best colleges for 2017. The Neag School of Education offers an M.A. in School Psychology through the Department of Educational Psychology. This is a 3-year program in which students take courses in education and psychology and complete an internship in school psychology. UConn also offers a Ph.D. in school psychology program with core courses in education, developmental psychology, social psychology, and culminating with an internship experience.

Ball State University in Muncie, IN

School Highlight: Graduate assistantships are available in school psychology.

At Ball State, students can pursue a Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS) or PhD in Educational Psychology. The MA program is offered entirely online, so it can meet the needs of working professionals. There are both online and on-campus options for students who want to earn an MS in the field; this program is more research-focused and may prepare students to enroll in a PhD program, which combines advanced classroom studies with academic research. U.S. News & World Report ranked the school #176 among national universities for 2017.

Top Education Psychology Graduate Programs

These well-regarded schools also offer graduate degree programs in educational psychology:

  • Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI offers a hybrid Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology.
  • At Ohio State University in Columbus, students can join the university's Association of Educational Psychology and Philosophy Scholars.
  • Stanford University in Stanford, CA, is home to the East Palo Alto Academy, which is run by Stanford's School of Education.
  • The Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University, located in College Station, TX, operates a Counseling and Assessment Clinic.
  • The University of Arizona in Tucson offers MA and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology programs, as well as two related graduate certificates.
  • The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN ranked tenth among graduate programs in educational psychology by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

Some of the best universities in the country offer graduate programs in educational psychology; both master's and doctoral degrees are available in the field.

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