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Educational Psychology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Lexington-Fayette, KY, United States
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program offered at the University of Kentucky in Educational Psychology focuses on preparing researchers who have strong theoretical, conceptual, and practical ties to educational psychology, and who also possess exceptional skills in the areas of measurement, statistics, assessment, and research methodology.  
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Our doctoral program in Educational Psychology  offered at the University of Kentuckyreflects a collaborative apprenticeship model that encourages students to go beyond the accumulation of course credits. Our aim is to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to be effective creators of educational research and to raise thoughtful questions that guide their inquiry. We believe that students learn best how to do research, analyze data, communicate results, and teach others through direct involvement with faculty mentors and advanced students early in the doctoral program.To accomplish this goal, students work closely with faculty members by joining at least one research team or lab within the program.

Doctoral students entering the program will select a program of study focusing on one of four areas of specialization: multicultural education, quantitative methods, motivation, and development. The doctoral program of study includes coursework, a research portfolio, an internship to develop practical experience in educational psychology, a qualifying examination, and the dissertation. Prior to completing the qualifying examination, most doctoral students are required to take approximately 60 credit hours of coursework beyond the Master’s degree.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Human Cognitive Development 
  • Theories of Learning in Education 
  • Motivation and Learning 
  • Problems in Educational Psychology 
  • Psychological and Educational Tests and Measurement 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

For more information please visit the program website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30224 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15112 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    11772 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5886 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    11772 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5886 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Lexington-Fayette

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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