Master of Education in Educational Psychology— Applied Cognition and Development

Offered online through the Mary Frances Early College of Education, the University of Georgia’s online M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, Applied Cognition and Development program explores the impact of human cognitive, motivational, and developmental processes in education and practice. It is designed with a secondary area of focus in either learning with technology, learning across the lifespan, qualitative approaches to education, or development of high intellectual capability, depending on your personal subject matter interests. Graduates  typically go on to careers in various non-clinical educational, training, or research support settings in schools, the military, or colleges and universities. Graduates also find positions in areas addressing lifespan development, religious education, and educational technology.

University of Georgia online graduate education programs are ranked #5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2019.

UGA's online M.Ed. in Educational Psychology programs are #1 in the nation according to BestColleges.com's 2019 ranking of online Master’s in Psychology programs.


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.


Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $629 per credit hour 34 credit hours $21,386 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 6 semesters $3,582 USD
Total Program Cost     $24,968 USD

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 


Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  34 (credit hours)

Maximum Hours Transferable into Program: 6

Only transfer credits from an accredited institution will be considered. If transfer credit is awarded, it will still be necessary to complete the required number of hours to graduate, which will more than likely necessitate additional coursework above and beyond the degree program requirements.

Applied Cognition & Development Admission Requirements

Prospective candidates must:

  • Hold Baccalaureate degree from accredited college or university
  • Have cumulative grade point average for all previous undergraduate courses as being 2.6 or above on 4-point scale
  • Provide valid Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from people who know you professionally or as scholar
  • Develop statement of purposes and goals that can reasonably be met by the degree program
  • Have access to computer with high-speed internet connection, and email account

Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School application online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International (waived for US veterans).
  2. Entrance Exam Scores – Have official entrance exam scores sent to the UGA Graduate School by the testing service. Specify UGA as recipient of the scores, institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813 
    1. GRE or MAT
    2. International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  3. Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
  4. Statement of Purpose – Upload to the Graduate School application. A statement of purpose should clarify your relevant background, interests, and goals, and indicate your intent for the online program.
  5. Transcripts – Upload unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate School application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  6. Letters of Recommendation – During the online Graduate School application process, name three individuals to serve as references. Upon completion of the online application, those three individuals will be sent an automatically generated email, which they should use to submit their letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably, at least one letter of recommendation should be from a college professor who has instructed you in a previous program of study.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: March 15 (applications received by this deadline will recieve priority consideration)
  • Fall: July 1 (final deadline)

International Applicants

  • Fall: March 15

Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar web site provides up-to-date information on registration dates.


Program Structure

Students are entered in a cohort of 10 students with a minimum of 34 credit hours required for degree completion. The number of credit hours are listed after each course.


  Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 1

In the first year, faculty recommend that students proceed through the program as a cohort.

  • EPSY 6010E Foundations of Human Development for Education, 3hrs
  • EPSY 6800E Foundations of Cognition for Education, 3hrs
  • EPSY 6990E Master's Seminar in Educational Psychology, 1hr
  • EPSY 6060E Foundations of Motivation for Education, 3hrs
  • ERSH 6200E Methods of Research in Education, 3hrs
  • ERSH 6300E Applied Statistical Methods in Education, 3hrs OR ERSH 6600E Applied Educational Assessment, 3hrs
  • Select course from secondary area, 3hrs
Year 2

In the second year, students add a secondary area of intellectual focus, while continuing to acquire educational psychology skills.**

  • Secondary focus area course #2, 3hrs
  • Secondary focus area course #3, 3hrs
  • EPSY 7160E Nurturing Independent Learners, 3hrs
  • ERSH 7500E Action Research
  • EPSY 7650E Applied Project in Educational Psychology, 3hrs

**Students select 9 credits from one or more focus areas

(A) Learning with Technology (select from among) :

  • EDIT 6150E Introduction to Computer-based Education
  • EDIT 6170E Instructional Design
  • EDIT 6400E Emerging Approaches in Teaching, Learning, and Technology
  • EDIT 6600E Multicultural Perspectives in Technology


(B) Learning Across the Lifespan ( select from among) :

  • LLOD 7020E Adult Learning and Instruction
  • LLOD 8090E Adult Development and Instruction
  • LLOD 8200E Theory and Practice of Educational Change
  • LLOD 8050E Multicultural Issues in Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development
  • WFED 7020E Assessing Student Learning in Workforce Education


(C) Qualitative Approaches to Education (select from among):

  • QUAL 8400E Qualitative Research Tradition
  • QUAL 8140E Designing Qualitative Research
  • QUAL 8420E Analyzing Qualitative Data


(D) Development of High Intellectual Capability (select from among) :

  • EPSY 8270E  Family and Community Engagement in Talent Development
  • EPSY 8230E  Divergent and Creative Thinking 
  • EPSY 7240E Creativity: Instructional Procedures and Problem-Solving Processes
  • EPSY 7260E Supporting Social and Emotional Development of the Gifted
  • EPSY 7060E Assessment of Gifted Children and Youth

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.

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Contact Information

Contact the online Educational Psychology Applied Cognition and Development Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have.

Email us using the request for information form or call 1 (706) 452-7939