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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Educational Psychology, M.S.

Talk to the department
Sanquinette Vaughn
[email protected]

Georgia State's educational psychology (EPY) master's degree helps students understand the science of learning and behavioral change with emphasis on the application of the principles of psychology to the systematic study of education.

Students can explore:

  • Learning
  • Instruction
  • Motivation
  • Development
  • Cognition
  • Socialization

EPY Master’s students select a concentration in:

Our faculty members are active researchers covering a broad spectrum of educational psychology topics. This concentration caters to students interested in understanding the intricacies of  human learning, cognition, and motivation within educational contexts. Join us to delve into various aspects of educational psychology and gain valuable insights to apply in diverse educational settings.

This concentration is designed for students passionate about  literacy and adult education, and provides students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of adult literacy and  contribute to cutting-edge research. Join us and interact with  faculty, staff, postdocs, and students from across the GSU campus  at the internationally- recognized Adult Literacy Research Center.

This concentration is designed for students passionate about human development and social justice issues. Join us and explore  the opportunities available at GSU to deepen your understanding of  human diversity and society and make a difference in these  important areas.

Note: Educational Psychology M.S. and Ph.D. programs are research-focused and are not designed to prepare you for licensing exams or certifications. If you are interested in certifications for teaching, counseling, or school psychology, we encourage you to explore the other programs in Georgia State University’s College of Education & Human Development.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the Educational Psychology, M.S. program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with application). In 500-1000 words or less, please do the following:
    1. Identify which concentration you will apply for: (a) general major in educational psychology, (b) educational psychology major with a concentration in adult literacy, or (c) educational psychology major with a concentration in development and social justice
    2. Summarize your skills and experiences that are relevant to graduate study in your choice above.
    3. Describe the objectives you hope to achieve by attending our program.
    4. Address the fit between your objectives and the graduate training offered at Georgia State, including the fit with faculty member(s) with whom you would most like to work.
    5. Finally, discuss what you plan to do with a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology.
  • Resume (upload with application)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (identify recommenders on your application)
  • Official Transcript: Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to [email protected] or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Admissions — Graduate School, P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302.
  • GRE Scores:
    • institution code 5251; scores may not be more than five years old at time of application.

EPY MS students complete a minimum of 36 semester hours:

Professional Studies (15 hours)

Students choose from the following concentrations (21 hours):

  • General
  • Adult Literacy
  • Development & Social Justice

Visit the catalog for additional details on course requirements and options.

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

Cost Calculator

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This program is well-suited for those who are already certified or licensed in fields such as teaching, nursing, speech pathology or physical therapy and are looking to enrich their practice by understanding the science of learning and behavioral change.


Program Coordinator
Sarah Carlson
[email protected]

Learning Sciences
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Mailing Address & Office Location
College of Education & Human Development
Suite 750
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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Atlanta, GA 30303

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