Educational Psychology & Research Curriculum & Admission Requirements

program structure


Students complete one school core course requirement, 15 credit hours of degree-required core courses, and 24 credit hours in elective specialization courses. The academic coursework is designed to develop the knowledge base necessary for effective research and scholarship development.

Supervised College Teaching Experience

All Ph.D. students in EPR are expected to have college teaching experience. This experience is often gained through Graduate Teaching Assistantships.

Residency requirement

Doctoral students must be enrolled full-time for at least two semesters in a row during their doctoral training. Consecutive full-time enrollment for two semesters can be attained from Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

program structure

Comprehensive examination

Upon completion of all coursework, the student is eligible for the comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination consists of both a written and oral part and test the student's knowledge of the areas of the coursework; ability to reason, evaluate and draw supportable conclusions within the context of the subject area; and knowledge of current issues and trends within the field.


The purpose of the dissertation is to study one educational psychology & research problem or specialty in depth. The student is expected to generate original knowledge in a specialized field and contribute to resolving important problems or questions within the field of educational psychology & research.

Graduate Admission

Applicants must have a master’s degree in educational psychology & research or a closely related field with at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. International applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the application process well in advance of the application deadlines, in order to ensure adequate time for processing of visa related paperwork. Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants are strongly advised to contact one (or more) of the faculty members in the department prior to applying for the doctoral program.

Application Deadlines

Dec. 15
Fall or summer semester application deadline

Program Curriculum

Graduate students pursuing the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research at KU will need to select a program track in Development & Learning (D&L) or Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics (REMS). The student will work closely with an advisor to determine a plan of study. The curriculum requirements outlined below are the minimum required for the degree. To be adequately prepared for an intended career, the student’s advisor may encourage additional coursework or opportunities which may include presenting and/or publishing scholarly papers.

Course requirements


Please note, this is a potential plan of study. Please consult with your faculty advisor before enrolling.

additional requirements

  • Dissertation Defense: 3 credit hours

Application Checklist

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology & Research

Applicants are required to submit the following materials and meet the following requirements before the application deadline:


  • Online application

    Complete through the KU Office of Graduate Admissions

  • Transcripts

    One official copy of academic transcripts from each college or university attended

  • English translation of transcripts

    Official transcripts from an international university must include an English translation

  • GRE exam scores

    Official copy of scores no older than five years

  • Resume or CV

  • Statement of intent

    1-2 page statement outlining one’s background and professional objectives

  • Online letters of recommendation

    Names and email addresses of persons to be asked to complete letters of recommendation who can provide a thorough evaluation of one’s abilities at the graduate level

  • Proof of English proficiency

    Non-native English speakers must demonstrate English proficiency

  • Financial document (international students only)

    Required by U.S. government in order to issue the I-20 or DS-2019

  • Application fee

    $65 for U.S. residents; $85 for international applicants.

Program Faculty

David M Hansen
David M Hansen
Department Chair
Sean Joo
Sean Joo
Assistant Professor
Neal Martin Kingston
Neal Martin Kingston
University Distinguished Professor, Director Achievement and Assessment Institute
Michael J. Orosco
Michael J. Orosco
Associate Professor
Vicki Peyton
Vicki Peyton
Teaching Professor
Rafael Quintana
Rafael Quintana
Assistant Professor