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Masters and doctoral degrees

1. Choose a program

Compare our MA and PhD program tracks below to find the program and degree that best aligns with your career interests and goals.

Counselor education

Program info | How to apply

Degree: MA

Time to completion: 2-year, full-time program

Help others grow academically and professionally. Licensed school counselors and college counselors help individual students develop academically, personally/socially, and in their careers. Licensed mental health professionals work in community settings.

Careers:

  • K-12 licensed school counselor (LSC)
  • College counselor
  • Mental health professional (LPC or LPCC) in a community setting

Psychological foundations of education

Program info | How to apply

Degrees: MA | PhD

Study the psychological processes critical to education. Put your research to work--in local schools and with members of diverse communities--to help our neighbors succeed at school and work.

Careers:

  • Faculty in a university (PhD only)
  • Research scientists in universities and other educational settings (e.g., K-12 school research offices), government agencies, human and social service organizations, healthcare organizations, research and development centers, and private industry

Quantitative methods in education

Program info | How to apply

Degrees: MA | PhD

Discover solutions to issues in educational research, assessment, and program evaluation through measurement, evaluation, and statistics. Help students succeed by informing educational policy, practice, and curriculum.

Careers:

  • Faculty and researchers at universities (PhD only)
  • Researchers at a test publishing firm, research and evaluation centers, public school systems, state departments of instruction, and private industry

School psychology

Program info | How to apply

Degrees: MA with specialist certificate | PhD

Learn school psychology from a scientific-practitioner orientation and prepare to become a leader, innovator, and change agent. Work with teachers, caregivers, and staff to help students thrive and support social justice by dismantling ineffective, harmful systems.

Careers:

  • School psychologist working with teachers, caregivers and staff to support students
  • Faculty in a university (PhD only)
  • Researchers (PhD only)
  • Licensed psychologist working with children and youth in outside of education (PhD only)

Special education

Program info | How to apply

Degrees: MA | MA with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis (ABA | PhD

Prepare to be an innovative researcher and engage in leadership that shapes the field of special education.

Careers:

  • Faculty and researchers at universities (PhD only)
  • Researchers
  • Special education leaders in educational settings

2. Find a potential advisor

Once you’ve selected the program you’re interested in, visit the program’s information page to find an advisor whose professional and/or research interests best match your own. Note: Generally, only faculty with the title “Professor” (assistant, associate, or full) may advise PhD students. We recommend reaching out to faculty via email before applying, to see if they are accepting students for the upcoming year and to get more information on their work to ensure research fit.

3. Prepare your application