Educational Psychology

PhD-Educational Psychology

Educational Track

Experimental Track

The educational psychology doctoral (PhD) program focuses on Cognition and Instruction. The program has a cognitive science perspective with a strong foundation in methodology. Interdisciplinary activities are promoted, especially those related to current technology and instructional design. These emphases are intended to prepare students to apply, integrate, and construct knowledge across a variety of occupational, educational, and content matter domains that involve research or evaluation. Graduates of the program are educated to: Understand human cognition; conduct research; and employ technology to promote effective learning and training. Coursework is offered each semester, including summers. A limited number of courses are available online. The program is not available as "distance education," but the combination of online and summer courses may make it viable for non-traditional doctoral students.

Doctoral Admission Packet

Departmental Website

Required Documents for Admission

Admission Consideration Requirements for All Students

  • Application
  • Application fee:  $50 domestic student 
  • All official transcripts - Bachelor's degree, including all transcripts used towards bachelor's degree.  Any master's degree transcript or transcripts with graduate coursework (if applicable).
  •  4 Letters of Recommendation - 2 of the 4 letters must be from people that hold a doctoral degree

  • Statement of Goals

  • Official General Test GRE Scores

Additional Admission Consideration Requirements for International Students Only

  • Application fee, $75.00, US dollars (this may be paid online when you apply)
  • Bank Statement from the sponsor, must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD (must be less than 1 year old)
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Official transcripts (with a copy of the provisional certificate or diploma)
    For more information on official transcripts, please click here and read FAQ question:  What transcripts do I submit for my admission?

  • English Proficiency:

    • Official TOEFL (IBT at least 79, or CBT at least 213, or PBT at least 550), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • IELTS (at least overall 6.00 band), scores must be less than 2 years old, or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor's degree or higher degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university, or

Application Packet Submission Deadline:

FALL semester

  • Apply Texas application submission deadline is January 15.
  • Priority admission consideration deadline is January 31.
  • All required admission documents must be submitted by January 31.
  • Interviews by invitation only to be held 3rd Friday of February
  • Apply Texas application submission deadline is May 15.
  • Final admission consideration deadline is June 1       
  • All required admission documents must be submitted by June 1.
  • Interviews by invitation only to be held 3rd Friday of June

 SPRING semester

  • Apply Texas application submission deadline is October 1.
  • Admission consideration deadline is October 15.
  • All required admission documents must be submitted by October 15.
  • Interviews by invitation only to be held 3rd Friday of October

 SUMMER semester

  • Apply Texas application submission deadline is March 1.
  • Admission consideration deadline is March 15.
  • All required admission documents must be submitted by March 15.
  • Interviews by invitation only to be held 4th Friday of March.