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College of Education

Educational Psychology & Research, M.Ed.

You can enter the master’s program with an undergraduate degree in any number of fields. The master’s program provides training in both educational psychology and research methods and can include opportunities for research as well.

What kinds of work will I be able to do with this degree?

The master’s program can serve as an excellent foundation for pursuing a Ph.D. in the future. It can also provide essential training for immediate employment in school districts, departments of education, evaluation and research firms, and non-profit agencies.


What is the typical course work?

Your course work will include research approaches and tools survey design such as:

  • research and statistical packages
  • design of educational surveys
  • program evaluations constructing cognitive instruments


and course foundational topics in our field such as:

  • development (child, adolescent, and/or adult)
  • learning and instruction
  • cognition
  • motivation

See the academic bulletin for more information about specific courses.


Where is the program located?

The University of South Carolina is in Columbia, the capital city of South Carolina. Columbia offers the perfect balance of student-friendly, homegrown, college-town feel and big city attractions and opportunities. Housed in the College of Education, the Educational Psychology and Research program is designed to challenge and inspire students interested in acquiring measurement and statistics expertise and studying the biological, psychological, and social factors that influence human learning, growth and development. We have a flourishing community of more than 6,400 graduate students seeking to become scholars, researchers, administrators, teachers and experts in various professions. UofSC is transforming our state and nation, building healthier, more educated communities through a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research. Our urban, 200 year-old campus provides a beautiful setting for learning.


What is the application process like?

Applications are accepted throughout the year. To apply, you will need the following required documents:

  1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement
  4. resume
  5. three academic letters of recommendation

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