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Doctorate in Educational Psychology

The Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology focuses on human learning, development and motivation. The role of educational psychology is to bring together theory and research from psychology and other related disciplines in order to facilitate healthy human development and effective teaching and learning. Our graduates go on to teach at college or universities, work in public education or conduct research in educational, corporate or government settings.


The program requires 70 hours of coursework, including curriculum that focuses on the following core areas:


  • Psychology of Human Learning
  • Human Development in Psychology
  • Human Motivation
  • Research Design & Methodology


Research and Faculty

Our faculty encourage and support student-led research. Recent projects include communication technologies and youth’s psychosocial development, social media and psycho-emotional well-being, the relationship between mindset and socioeconomic status, meaning-making processes in collaborative learning contexts, the psychological climate of online learning environments and self-regulation, predictors of psychological well-being, teachers’ social perspective-taking ability and the relationship of student openness to multicultural instruction and ESL teachers’ sense of responsibility.


Faculty expertise includes:


  • How group discussion — face-to-face and online — impacts the learning process
  • Adolescents' and emerging adults’ psychological and social development in the digital age
  • How teacher beliefs impact student motivation 


Meet our departmental faculty



students in classroomApplications to the program are considered once per year with a January 15 deadline. 


 To apply for the program, complete the following: 


  • Graduate College application
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (2.5 minimum undergraduate GPA and 3.5 minimum graduate GPA required) 
  • Current resume/vita
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • GRE or MAT scores (within the last five years)
  • Professional goal statement (approximately two pages, double-spaced)
  • Professional writing sample (scholarly paper, thesis, report or other publication)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (if required to establish English proficiency


Cost & Assistance

The OSU Fellowship in Educational Psychology provides four-year support for PhD student-scholars whose research interests focus on instruction, learning, development and/or motivation in reducing educational disparities of under-represented and historically marginalized students in the state of Oklahoma and beyond. Application materials must be submitted by Feb. 15. 


Graduate assistantships, which provide a monthly stipend as well as tuition and health insurance, are offered annually on a competitive basis. Students interested in applying for an assistantship through the educational psychology program should email


Currently enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences. 





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