Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology

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Graduate Students in Program:
Students receiving assistantships:
Priority deadline:

  • Fall December 1st
  • Spring July 1st


  • Pullman

International Student English Proficiency Exams

International students may need to surpass the Graduate School’s minimum English language proficiency exam scores for this program. If the graduate program has unique score requirements, they will be detailed below. Otherwise, please refer to the Graduate School’s minimum score guidelines.

  • TOEFL – il 80
  • IELTS Band 7

Degree Description:

Our Educational Psychology program focuses on developing and applying research, evaluation, and measurement (REM) knowledge and skills necessary to conduct theoretical research and/or basic research. In 2009, the College of Education Learning and Performance Research Center (formally the Assessment and Evaluation Center) was established at WSU to provide leadership, training, consultation, and state-the-art solutions to challenging educational research questions at the university, state, national, and international levels. Assistantships for educational psychology students in the center provide unique opportunities to apply theoretical concepts and methodologies of program evaluation and educational and psychological measurement to specific practical projects in various educational settings through partnerships with school districts, state agencies, and other social service organizations.

Successful professionals in this field have strong methodological skills, an understanding of researchable topics, the ability to develop a research program, the ability to communicate and work with a wide variety of professionals, and the skills to understand nuance and ambiguity in the work environment. Through faculty and student partnerships across campus, the program provides an exciting, interdisciplinary atmosphere for course and field study. Consistent with the scientist-practitioner model of professional training in psychology, students in the doctoral program in educational psychology are required to integrate the theoretical and research offerings of the university with substantial practicum and internship experiences by completing an internship directly related to the specific area of professional training.

Admission Requirements:

To apply, please provide the following information: a WSU Graduate School online application, official transcripts, a supplemental department application, a current resume documenting any related work or research experience; a brief statement of your professional objectives and how you believe they will be promoted by admission to the program (do not exceed two typed single spaced pages); three letters of reference forwarded by persons familiar with your qualifications; transcripts showing all previous college or university coursework; for international students only the following exam: TOEFL or IELTS scores.  For all students GRE is optional, if you feel it will strengthen your application.

Student Opportunities:

The work in such areas as research, evaluation, and measurement may include for example: the opportunity to make contributions to the improvement of educational settings (e.g., schools, universities), to have some influence on individuals through consultation on programs, methods, or to provide information through analysis to individuals who shape policy. Other opportunities may include positions in the testing industry; researcher at national firms studying educational issues; assessment specialist at national foundations.

Career Opportunities:

Experienced individuals in this profession can expect to earn a good salary and maintain an interesting and fulfilling career in employment in private firms, at school districts or university settings, business, industry, or state agencies as program evaluators or student assessment coordinators, research technicians, or data analysts, as examples.

Career Placements:

Evaluator for Appalachian Education Laboratory, West Virginia
Assessment specialist for the regional educational agency in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Assistant professor in measurement, statistics, and evaluation, Indiana State University
Research scientist, Duke Energies, South Carolina
Assistant professor of Educational Technology, Morehead State University, Minnesota
Project Director of Psychometrics, Applied Measurement Professionals

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