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Are you interested in enhancing your understanding of the learning process? Do you see yourself conducting research into human learning, cognition and development, or using your understanding of such research to help shape public policy? Perhaps you wish to focus on the quantitative methods at the heart of research in education and the social sciences?

Come to Ball State to complete your degree in educational psychology entirely on campus. Our PhD program in educational psychology is the perfect step to career advancement if you have a degree in education, psychology, social work, or other fields involving human development and learning. If you're interested in doing research in educational psychology or related fields, our PhD is a great route to a career in research, assessment or academics.

Attend an Information Session

Information sessions for the Educational Psychology Doctoral Program will take place on Fridays: July 9, September 10, November 12, and January 14 from 1-3 p.m. on Zoom.

These online information sessions will help you explore if a PhD in Educational Psychology is right for you. You will get a chance to meet faculty, current students and alumni, see a virtual tour of the campus and department, and hear more about the application procedures, programmatic requirements and job prospects.

By attending one of these sessions, we will waive the cost of the $60 Ball State University Graduate School application fee. Once registered, you will receive more details about this offer.

Register Here:

July 9, 2021

September 10, 2021

November 12, 2021

January 14, 2022

What You Will Learn

Your courses will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • learning
  • motivation
  • human development
  • cultural diversity
  • research methods
  • statistics
  • psychometrics

Program Benefits

You’ll work closely with leading experts in key fields such as child and adolescent development, learning and cognition, motivation, high stakes testing, academic anxiety, and advanced statistical applications.

From day one, you’ll participate in research projects of real-world importance.

Our programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Major Requirements

You will complete a total of 91 credits beyond a bachelor’s degree for our doctoral program. Your coursework will include a cognate—a specialized area of research and expertise—to complement your studies, as well as the dissertation.

Total Credits



Your required courses will build your expertise in human learning and development, the intersections of psychology and educational settings, research methodology, and advanced statistical applications. If you have already earned your master’s degree, you will need to complete at least 60 credits of program coursework at Ball State University.

For a complete list the courses you will take and their descriptions, please consult the Graduate Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a PhD in Educational Psychology?

Graduates of our PhD program in educational psychology will be in demand to explore the needs of students and educators, and to help implement new, more effective, and relevant forms of testing and evaluation. It’s a field with limitless potential.

You can go on to work in a wide variety of roles:

  • institutional researcher
  • educational researcher
  • applied research and statistical consultant
  • test and assessment developer
  • assessment test administrator
  • educational program evaluator
  • instructional coordinator
  • training and development specialist
  • college professor

Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.

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