What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Educational Psychology, M.S.

Talk to the department
Sanquinette Vaughn
[email protected]

The educational psychology master’s degree helps students understand the science of learning and behavioral change with emphasis on the application of the principles of psychology to the systematic study of education.

Students can explore:

  • Learning
  • Instruction
  • Motivation
  • Development
  • Cognition
  • Socialization

Educational Psychology M.S. and Ph.D. programs are research-focused and are not designed to prepare you for licensing exams or certifications. If you are interested in certifications for teaching, counseling, or school psychology, we encourage you to explore the other programs in Georgia State University’s College of Education & Human Development.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the Educational Psychology, M.S. program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with application)
    • In 500-1000 words, summarize your skills and experiences that are relevant to graduate study in educational psychology. Address the fit between your objectives and the graduate training offered at Georgia State, including the fit with faculty member(s) with whom you would most like to work. Finally, discuss what you would like to be doing three to five years after you receive your masters.
  • Resume (upload with application)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (identify recommenders on your application)
  • Official Transcript: Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to [email protected] or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Admissions — Graduate School, P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302.
  • GRE Scores:
    • institution code 5251; scores may not be more than five years old at time of application.

Program of Study

Professional Studies (15)

Educational Research (6)
Required (3):

  • EPRS 7900 Methods of Research in Education (3)
  • Select one (3): One additional EPRS course (3)

Social Foundations of Education (3)
Required (3):

  • One course with the EPSF prefix (3)

Educational Psychology (6)

For students completing a thesis:
Required (6):

For students completing a project:
Required (3):

  • EPY 7990 Master’s Capstone (3)
  • Select one (3): One course with the EPY prefix (3)

For students completing the Master’s examination :
Required (3):

  • EPY 7990 Master’s Capstone (3)
  • Select one (3): One course with the EPY prefix (3)

Major (15)
Students select a minimum of 15 semester hours of coursework in a field of educational psychology. At least 12 hours must be courses with the EPY prefix. One of these courses must be EPY 8961 Professional Development Seminar in Educational Psychology (3). With the consent of the adviser, an additional three hours can be a course with a non-EPY prefix.

Electives (6)
Students select six semester hours of program-related coursework with consent from their adviser. The purpose of the elective hours is to enable students to create a program of study to fit their individual intellectual interests.

Program total: Minimum of 36 semester hours

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

Cost Calculator

Our calculator can help you get an idea of the costs associated with attending the university.

All educational psychology M.S. students complete 15 semester hours of coursework as well as six hours of electives.

In addition, students must complete one of the following:

  • Thesis (6 hours capstone)
  • Project (3 hours capstone, 3 hours elective)
  • Examination (3 hours capstone, 3 hours elective)



This program is well-suited for those who are already certified or licensed in fields such as teaching, nursing, speech pathology or physical therapy and are looking to enrich their practice by understanding the science of learning and behavioral change.


Program Coordinator
Sarah Carlson
[email protected]

Learning Sciences
[email protected]

Mailing Address & Office Location
College of Education & Human Development
Suite 750
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Atlanta, GA 30303

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