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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Psychology – Applied Cognition & Development

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Psychology – Applied Cognition & Development

Amanda Ferster

I believe the UGA online program provides students with the perfect balance of theory and application.

Amanda Ferster, Ph.D.

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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 #7 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2023. 


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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.

Application Deadlines

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


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. 

The complete cost of attendance can be found at

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.

Technology Requirements

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


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

Year 1

Fall Term

EPSY 6010EFoundations of Human Development for Education3
EPSY 6800E Foundations of Cognition for Education 3
GRSC 7001EGradFIRST: First-year Research and Scholarship Training Seminar1

Spring Term

EPSY 6060EFoundations of Motivation for Education3
ERSH 6200EMethods of Research in Education 3

Summer Term

ERSH 6300E ORApplied Statistical Methods in Education 3
ERSH 6600EApplied Educational Assessment
Secondary Focus Area course #13

Year 2

Fall Term

EPSY 7160ENurturing Independent Learners 3
Secondary Focus Area course #23

Spring Term

ERSH 7500EAction Research3
Secondary Focus Area course #3 3

Summer Term

EPSY 7650EApplied Project in Educational Psychology3

Select 3 courses (9 credit hours) from one or more focus areas

Learning with Technology

EDIT 6150EIntroduction to Computer-based Education3
EDIT 6170EInstructional Design3
EDIT 6400EEmerging Approaches in Teaching, Learning, and Technology3
EDIT 6600EMulticultural Perspectives in Technology3

Learning Across the Lifespan

LLOD 7020EAdult Learning and Instruction3
LLOD 8090EAdult Development and Instruction3
LLOD 8200ETheory and Practice of Educational Change3
LLOD 8050E Multicultural Issues in LLOD3
WFED 7020EAssessing Student Learning in Workforce Education3

Qualitative Approaches to Education

QUAL 8400EQualitative Research Tradition3
QUAL 8140E Designing Qualitative Research3
QUAL 8420EAnalyzing Qualitative Data3

Development of Higher Intellectual Capability

EPSY 8270EFamily and Community Engagement in Talent Development3
EPSY 8230EDivergent and Creative Thinking 3
EPSY 7240ECreativity: Instructional Procedures and Problem-Solving Processes3
EPSY 7260ESupporting Social and Emotional Development of the Gifted3
EPSY 7060EAssessment of Gifted Children and Youth3

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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