Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Psychology, Applied Cognition & 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 Master's in Education programs are ranked #3 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2022. 


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. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).


Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates and student fees can change each year. 

Based on 2022 credit hour cost, a person completing this program at the recommended pace would have paid $21,386 in tuition.  

Please use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar's Office website to calculate one academic (Fall/Spring) year's current tuition. 

This program is an E-Rate program, so choose “yes” for the E-Rate line item within the calculator.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. The total for those fees in the fall semester of 2022 was $147 for students enrolled in exclusively online courses. 

Potential additional costs include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades. 


Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance for the online Master of Education in Educational Psychology (M.Ed.) degree program.

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). 

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.


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.

Master of Education in Educational Psychology Admission Requirements

Prospective candidates must:

  • Hold Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Have cumulative grade point average for all previous undergraduate courses as being 2.6 or above on a 4-point scale
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores are accepted but not required. 
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from people who know you professionally or as a scholar
  • Develop a statement of purpose and goals that can reasonably be met by the degree program
  • Have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection, and email account

Master of Education in Educational Psychology Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International (waived for US veterans).
  2. Select Campus - Online 
  3. Select Intended Program - MED, Educational Psychology (Educational Psychology)[MED_EPSY_ONL] 
  4. Select Area of Emphasis - Applied Cognition and Development 
  5. Entrance Exam Scores – Have official entrance exam scores sent to the UGA Graduate School by the testing service. Specify UGA as the recipient of the scores, institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813 
    1. GRE or MAT - accepted but not required.
    2. International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  6. Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
  7. Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate's relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program.
  8. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate School application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  9. Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically.

Master of Education in Educational Psychology Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants 

  • Fall: March 15 (applications received by this deadline will receive 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.

Master of Education in Educational Psychology Program Courses

  Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 1

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

First Semester (Fall): 3 courses

  • EPSY 6010E Foundations of Human Development for Education (3hrs)
  • EPSY 6800E Foundations of Cognition for Education (3hrs)
  • GRSC 7001E GradFIRST: First-year Research and Scholarship Training Seminar  (1hr)

​Second Semester (Spring): 2 courses

  • EPSY 6060E Foundations of Motivation for Education (3hrs)
  • ERSH 6200E Methods of Research in Education (3hrs)

​Third Semester (Summer): 2 courses

  • ERSH 6300E Applied Statistical Methods in Education (3hrs) OR ERSH 6600E Applied Educational Assessment (3hrs)
  • Secondary Focus Area course #1 (3 Hrs)
Year 2

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

Fourth Semester (Fall): 2 courses

  • EPSY 7160E: Nurturing Independent Learners (3 Hrs)
  • Secondary Focus Area course #2 (3 Hrs)


Fifth Semester (Spring): 2 courses

  • ERSH 7500E: Action Research (3 Hrs)
  • Secondary Focus Area course #3 (3 Hrs)


Sixth Semester (Summer): 1 course

  • EPSY 7650E: Applied Project in Educational Psychology (3 Hrs)

**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.

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 706-948-2598