Master of Science (MS)

Educational Psychology

College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences

Program Overview

UT’s online Master of Science (MS) in Educational Psychology offers an Applied Educational Psychology concentration as well as an Adult Education concentration. Whether you aspire to work with adults or children, this degree can help you achieve your goals.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775

Testing Requirement


Admission Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Two Concentrations in Adult Professional Development

This program is designed for professionals in school settings, higher education, non-profits, businesses, government, and other organizations.  The program curriculum is designed to enhance knowledge and skills associated with teaching and learning at the individual, group, and organizational levels. More specifically:

  • The Adult Education concentration students currently or aspire to work with adult learners in a wide range of adult settings. 
  • The Applied Educational Psychology concentration students currently or aspire to work with children or youth in a wide range of educational settings, such as schools, non-profit agencies, government organizations, children’s services, and advocacy groups.

Courses are offered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings (never Fridays or the weekend). The EdPsych Online curriculum is specific in requirements, and course offerings are planned to facilitate your graduation within six consecutive semesters regardless of which semester you enter (i.e., you take two courses per semester). With over ten years of experience, we have a 99 percent graduation rate for any student who completes the initial semester. Our students graduate, and they graduate on time!

Our students attribute this success to the hybrid pedagogy we utilize in the program. Our faculty uses both asynchronous and synchronous learning methods via Zoom and Canvas. For the live-online sessions, join Zoom with your instructor and other students. This learning environment supports us in coming to know one another and forming a true learning community and aids in meeting students’ social and psychic needs. With the integration of selected asynchronous work, we can support our learners as they navigate the balance between their academic, professional, and personal responsibilities.

This master’s program may also be a stepping-stone to doctoral education. Some examples of related doctoral programs are Adult Learning, Educational Psychology, School Psychology, and various Education specialties (e.g., Special Education). About 15 percent of our students pursue doctoral education after graduating with this master’s degree.

Feedback from our current and graduated students affirms this program’s “high touch” nature.  We build strong and friendly relationships among students and faculty, with many reporting that they make lifelong friends with others they meet in the program.  You will also always know which two courses you will take the next semester several weeks in advance so you can plan your personal and professional life accordingly.  Faculty pride themselves on being highly responsive to student questions and concerns.  “Veteran” students interact with new students to support their entry into the program and their success with coursework and assignments.

Featured Courses – Adult Education Concentration

If you choose to pursue a concentration in Adult Education, you’ll take the core classes along with the following concentration courses:

EDPY 520: Survey of Adult Education

Historical development, philosophies of adult education agencies, associations, programs, issues, and literature illustrating process of adult education and diversity of continuing education. 

EDPY 522: Adult Development

Theory and research in adult development and change over lifespan and its implications for adult learning in formal and informal contexts. 

EDPY 524: Learning in the Workplace

Theories and concepts supporting design and management of learning activities for adults in the workplace. 

EDPY 527: Ethical Issues in Adult Learning

Ethical issues confronting the field of adult education; development of critical analysis skills by examining ethical decision making processes

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Featured Courses – Applied Educational Psychology Concentration

EDPY 512: Motivation in Learning  

This course provides graduate level knowledge and skills regarding key constructs and research findings related to motivation in learning over the lifespan and their application to practice in both formal and informal educational contexts.

EDPY 572: Theories of Learning in Applied Educational Psychology

Introduction to theories of learning and related research from an applied educational psychology perspective. Includes evaluation of models and approaches that apply theory and research related to cognition, affect and emotions, motivation, behavioral perspectives, mediated/ situated/collaborative learning and cognitive education. 

EDPY 537: Assessment in Applied Educational Psychology

Principles of test construction and item analysis. Survey of standardized tests of intelligence, achievement, aptitude, vocational interest, attitudes and personality. 

EDPY 574: Facilitating Change in Educational Environments

This course provides graduate level knowledge and skills pertaining to the dynamics of change in educational settings for an internal or external change agent as well as strategies for serving as a facilitator of social construction of knowledge, whether a teacher/instructor or a leader of change with colleagues.

Program Concentrations

Adult Education – Focuses on advancing the education of professionals who provide service and leadership to foster adult learning in global communities.

Applied Educational Psychology – Focuses on educational professionals to develop effective classroom environments for children, youth and learners of all ages.

Adult Education

Focuses on advancing the education of professionals who provide service and leadership to foster adult learning in global communities. 

Applied Educational Psychology

Focuses on educational professionals to develop effective classroom environments for children, youth and learners of all ages. 

Student Testimonials

educational psychology graduate linda gehron

“Discard all of your preconceived notions of online classes because these are designed to allow for the benefits of sitting in an actual classroom with your colleagues and professors while in any variety of settings.”

Linda Gehron (alumna)

ed psych graduate anthony capers jr.

“I am honored to have been accepted by and graduated from a program as engaging and prestigious as the EPC EdPsych Online master’s program. It has graced me with lifelong connections and knowledge that I will forever cherish, both personally and professionally.”

Anthony L. Capers Jr. (alumnus)

graduate of the masters in educational psychology  sue culpepper

“The challenge in producing and addressing the theoretical assignments in a scholarly way has made me a better writer and thinker. I look at the world differently now. It has opened up another world of information that is very exciting and applicable in many ways.”

Sue Culpepper (alumna)

education psychology graduate jessica nelson

“With a deeper understanding of the research in this field, I have also been able to better interpret new public notions and policies and feel confident in my ability to judge their potential effectiveness. In a professional setting, I now feel regarded as informed and reliable when it comes to finding new strategies and improving current practices.”

Jessica Nelson (alumna)

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