Frequently asked Questions ahout the Ph.D. Program

How do I apply?

Applications may be downloaded or submitted online

Admission to the Ph.D program in Educational Psychology is a two-step process. First, the applicant must apply to the UNC Graduate School. Upon evaluation for the minimum admission criteria by the Graduate School, the candidate's application is forwarded to the Educational Psychology Program for faculty review.

Applications must include the following before review by the program faculty:

  • The Graduate School requires the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score (less than five years old), transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work, and three letters of recommendation.
  • In addition the Educational Psychology program requires that you submit a curriculum vita or resume and a two-page statement describing your career goals and your intended area of specialization. This Personal Statement should clearly articulate why you have selected our Educational Psychology Doctoral Program, the types of research that you are interested in conducting while in the program, how your interests align with faculty expertise and research programs, and your post-PhD career goals. Your Personal Statement and CV or resume should be sent to
  • Please complete our Recommendation Request Form to request letters of recommendation from three professional references.
  • Applications are evaluated case by case with the following preferences: (1) GPA of 3.5 or higher (last 60 hours of coursework); (2) GRE scoresthat meet and preferably exceed the Graduate School minimums (140 Quantitative; 146 Verbal Reasoning; Combined score of at least 297; Analytic Writing 3.5); (3) recommendations that indicate high potential for success in a doctoral research program; and (4) goals that fit well with our program.

How many students are admitted each year?

There is no set number of students admitted.

When do I need to apply?

The DEADLINE for applications for the fall semester is MARCH 1st. That is, all materials must be processed by the Graduate School and received in our office by this deadline. Applications received after this deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Although students may enroll any semester following admission, they are strongly encouraged to begin their program in either the summer or fall term in order to enter the proper sequencing of courses.

How much will it cost?

Current tuition rates are available online.

Can I complete an M.A. Degree en route to the Ph.D.?

Yes. Students may apply for admission to the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and complete their M.A. in Educational Psychology on the way to the doctoral degree. The application process and the admission criteria are the same as for the Ph.D. program. Once admitted, students will complete the 30-credit MA program. Students must complete all program requirements (including Comprehensive Examination) for the M.A. in addition to the minimum 67 credit hours required for the Ph.D. Students must be conferred with the M.A. degree prior to admission to doctoral candidacy.

Are courses taught online?

Some courses are taught online, but not all.

Are courses taught in the Denver Metro area?

Some courses are taught in the Denver Metro area, usually in a condensed format over several weekends. Timing of these courses often varies with time of year and instructor availability.

NOTE:  The program does not include K -12 teaching certification or counseling certification. 

For other questions, please contact the Graduate School at 970-351-2831.