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Educational Psychology & Research Ph.D. Program Curriculum

Graduate students pursuing the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research at KU will need to select a program track (Development & Learning - or - Research, Evaluation, Measurement & Statistics) to complete appropriate required coursework. The Doctoral Plan of Study (Word) is used by students and their advisor to track progress toward their degree.

Core Course Requirement

All doctoral students must enroll in at least one course at or above the 800 level in each of the following program core areas. Examples of courses commonly chosen to meet these requirements are shown below.

  • Learning and Instruction - EPSY 807: Theories and Research in Human Learning
  • Applied Human Development - EPSY 800: Development during Youth and Adulthood - or EPSY 806 Issues in Human Development
  • Research and Evaluation - EPSY 902: Research Methodology in Education; EPSY 816: Evaluating School Programs; - or - EPSY 812: Meta-analysis
  • Measurement and Assessment - EPSY 822: Educational Scales, Questionnaires and Sampling; EPSY 921 Theory and Applications of Educational Measurement; - or - EPSY 922 Item Response Theory
  • Statistics - EPSY 810:  Regression Analysis; EPSY 811: Analysis of Variance; - or - EPSY 905: Multivariate Analysis

School of Education Core Course Requirements

Under School of Education policy, all Ph.D. students must complete “EDUC 800: Education as a Field of Scholarship.” This course must be taken during the first year of a student’s doctoral entrance into a program.

Specialization Courses

In addition to degree-required core courses, EPSY offers a variety of elective courses and seminars on special topics. All students must complete 8 courses (24 credit hours) in addition to the program and school core requirements. These “specialization courses” should complement a student’s growing research focus and agenda. At least two of the 8 courses must be taken from academic units other than EPSY. Students consult with their advisors to identify courses that support their major area of study.

Students may also select courses from other departments at the University of Kansas. For example, EPSY students have enrolled in courses from the Department of Psychology, Applied Behavioral Science, Mathematics, Communication Studies, the School of Social Welfare, and the School of Business.

Dissertation Credit Hours

Doctoral students must enroll in at least 18 hours of EPSY 999 Doctoral Dissertation. During the dissertation period, students must be enrolled continuously with a minimum of 3 credit hours each semester. Students may begin enrollment in dissertation hours the semester they pass the Comprehensive Examination.


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