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Are you a teacher or other education professional looking to enhance your understanding of the learning process? Do you see yourself conducting research into human learning and development, or using your understanding of such research to help shape public policy?

The master's degree in educational psychology is ideal for recent college graduates or anyone looking to transition to a full-time master's program focused on preparing for continued advanced learning.

Our on-campus master's program in educational psychology can advance your career and prepare you for doctoral studies. It's also the perfect step to career advancement if you have a degree in education, psychology, or other fields involving human development and learning. If you're interested in doing research in educational psychology or related fields, our program can help you to get ahead in the doctoral pool.

Program completion is equivalent to the first 1.5 years of doctoral study in educational psychology, which strengthens your chances of being accepted into a doctoral program.


What You Will Learn

Your courses will cover a wide range of topics including:

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

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Providing the same, high-quality, innovative, and immersive education and coursework, the online master's degree in educational psychology is designed for working professionals looking to change careers or seek promotion with a current employer. Learn more.

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.

Program Requirements

The master's degree in educational psychology is a 33-credit program offered only on campus. You can complete the coursework itself in 18 months. Because the program requires a master’s thesis, the time needed to complete the entire program may vary.

A bachelor’s degree in psychology is a plus but not required for this degree.

Total Credits

33

Courses

The 24-credit core gives you a foundation in the major areas of the discipline. In addition, you will complete electives and your master's thesis.

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

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What Can You Do with a Master of Science in Educational Psychology?

Graduates of our master's program in educational psychology will be well prepared for doctoral work in educational psychology or a related field as well as able to apply their studies straight to the workforce. Educational psychologists are 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 settings:

  • institutional researcher
  • data manager
  • test and assessment developer
  • assessment test administrator
  • educational program evaluator
  • instructional coordinator
  • training and development specialist
  • college instructor
  • early childhood educator

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.

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in pursuing a master's degree in educational psychology? The first step is to apply as a graduate student to Ball State University.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall semester: July 15
  • Spring semester: December 1
  • Summer semester: April 1

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Questions?

Do you want to learn more about our program or have questions about the application process or financial aid? We’re here to help!