Master of Arts in Educational Psychology

Total Core Graduate Faculty in Program:
Graduate Students in Program:
Priority Deadlines:

  • Fall December 1 (Priority) Closes May1
  • Spring July 1 (Priority) Closes October 1


  • 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 – iBT 80
  • IELTS Band 7

Degree Description:

The M.A. degree with specialization in educational psychology are a concentration in research, evaluation, psychometrics, and cognition. While students at the Master’s level in educational psychology complete a common core of courses, a portion of each Master’s degree program is composed of courses selected by the student and his/her advisory committee to tailor the program of study around the student’s personal interests and professional aspirations. M.A. recipients in educational psychology are well prepared to continue doctoral level training if so desired. However, an M.A would give access to entry level positions in this intriguing field that presents an ever-changing, challenging, and rewarding work environment. The M.A. does require the completion of a written thesis and is encouraged if a student is considering the pursuit of a doctoral degree.

Admission Requirements:

01. A WSU Graduate School general application (including application fee). In GradCAS search for Washington State University – Master of Arts in
Educational Psychology (choose thesis or non-thesis).

02. Current resume or vitae.

03. Letter of Intent. Written statement of your professional objectives and how you believe they will be promoted by admission to the respective WSU program. (Do not exceed two typed single-spaced pages).

04. Optional: Copy of official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.

05. Three letters of reference, from persons familiar with your qualifications.

06. Complete Educational History and Transcripts from any colleges/universities:

  • Where any degrees have been granted or are expected.
  • That show any graded bachelor’s work and/or graduate-level work (including doctoral) taken after the bachelor’s degree.
  • Unofficial copies may be uploaded with your Graduate School application for application review. If admitted, you will be required to submit official copies to the WSU Graduate School.
  • Official WSU Transcripts are NOT required for coursework taken at WSU.

07.  International Students must meet the university’s English proficiency and funding requirements. Please view the current requirements.


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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