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Ph.D. in Educational Psychology & Research at KU

The Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research at the University of Kansas offers doctoral students two unique program specialization tracks: 1) Development & Learning; or 2) Research, Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics. Students who enroll full-time typically complete the progam in three years of study beyond the Master's degree.

The Development & Learning (D&L) track for the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology & Research prepares students for work as research scientists in education psychology. Graduates work in a variety of settings, buy most commonly seek faculty positions in higher education. The program includes coursework in the areas of human development (with a primary focus on child or adolescent development), learning and cognition, and educational research methods, as well as completion of a data-driven dissertation.

The Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics (REMS) track for the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology & Research prepares students for careers in quantitative methodologies. The Ph.D. program includes coursework in research methods, program evaluation, classroom assessment, measure development, and statistics.

Doctoral students develop their own research agenda around a relevant development and learning topic in collaboration with faculty. Research training includes presenting research at national conferences and publishing research in scientific journals. Teaching at the University is also an integral part of our doctoral education.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Program Reputation - KU’s Ph.D. in Educational Psychology & Research is offered through the KU School of Education, which was recently ranked 8th in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Public Education Schools.
  • Hands-On Research - As an integral part of the Ph.D. program, students are expected to take advantage of regular opportunities for involvement in research relevant to their area of study.
  • Focus on Diversity - A premier learning and research institution committed to full participation of previously excluded or neglected classes of people on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, and status as a veteran. Learn more about KU's Office of Diversity & Equity.
  • Vibrant Campus Environment - In the heart of the United States, the city of Lawrence revolves around the University and its students.

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