Educational Psychology Doctoral Programs

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Doctoral programs in the Department of Educational Psychology are designed for present and prospective administrative, service and faculty positions in colleges and universities, public schools, and other education and training agencies in government and the private sector. Doctoral programs exist in the areas of instructional psychology and technology and special education.

Ph.D. programs in the Department of Educational Psychology are directed at development of scholarly expertise in an area and are intended to serve individuals who have promise of making contributions to their area of expertise. 

Admission to doctoral study in the department requires a minimum 3.25 grade point average on all graduate work attempted. All applicants must present Graduate Record Examination general test scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic), which are used along with other data as a basis for admission. Programs may impose admission requirements in addition to those set by the Graduate College and the department. The program area coordinator should be consulted for special program application requirements, and for annual admission application deadlines. A TOEFL of 550 or better is required for international students.

An advisory committee will be appointed by the graduate dean upon recommendation from the student’s area and the department chair and/or graduate studies committee in consultation with the student. The advisory committee will consist of a chairperson from the student’s major field, at least one faculty representative outside the Department of Educational Psychology and other members to total at least five. The “outside member” should be a regular graduate faculty member at the University of Oklahoma Norman campus. The advisory conference will determine the program of study that must be completed to qualify for the degree.

Upon completion of the majority of required coursework (exclusive of dissertation), the student must complete the General Examination. Prior to attempting the General Examination, a student must demonstrate proficiency in research methods. For more detailed descriptions of research proficiency procedures, contact the graduate liaison in the department. The student must also meet all relevant requirements of the Graduate College, as well as those of the student’s individual program area.

The candidate is expected to complete all degree requirements within four years after the General Examinations. Failure to accomplish this may require the candidate to retake the General Examination.

Prospective students are encouraged to consult the Department of Educational Psychology Graduate Student Handbook for information about program availability, and college and departmental requirements. In addition, the section of the Graduate Bulletin, which describes the procedures and requirements for graduate study at the University, should be reviewed and kept as a reference.