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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.

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.

Ready to Apply?

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

Application deadline:

  • Fall semester: February 15

Please note that receipt of applications and materials after the above deadline does not guarantee review.

International applicants must adhere to the requirements and deadlines outlined by the Office of Admissions. Learn more.

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