As a student in the program, you’ll study the psychological processes critical to education. Research in our program focuses on cognitive development, including high-level cognition and factors shaping and enhancing learning throughout the lifespan. Our faculty and students explore the basic mechanisms of thinking and learning in academic disciplines through precise, controlled laboratory experiments. We also put our reserch to work—in local schools on programs to improve students' reading, science, and mathematics outcomes as well as informal learning environments.
A master's degree is not required to apply for the doctoral program.
Join us for an info session on the psychological foundations of education MA and PhD on November 5 from 4 to 5 p.m., Central time. Learn more and register.
Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.
Submit your application materials by December 1, and you’ll automatically be considered for Graduate School fellowships and departmental awards based on scholastic achievement. Notification of awards will be sent in March.
Get paid to work as a teaching assistant, graduate instructor or research assistant. Graduate assistantships are available through the department, College of Education and Human Development, and the University.
Note: Applicants who complete their applications by the March 1 deadline will be less likely to receive graduate assistantships than students who meet the December 1 deadline.
How to apply
Note: Due to the various impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the psychological foundations of education program will NOT require the GRE in the application for admissions for 2021-22.
One of the best part of my graduate school experience was the cohort I was in. I took classes and worked on projects along with a group of peers. These friendships are still part of my life and I collaborate on research projects with two members of my cohort.
Virginia Clinton, PhD '11
Assistant professor, University of North Dakota
Read more about Virginia's experience