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Master of Arts in Education - Option in Educational Psychology

Candidates for degrees in Master of Arts programs must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time. Program application deadlines may vary. Visit the College of Education website for program details, application guidelines and materials, and application deadlines ( All university regulations governing the master's degree apply to college programs. Program requirements published in the university Catalog in effect during the year a candidate advances to candidacy are the requirements the candidate will be held to (catalog rights).

The Option in Educational Psychology is a research-oriented Program designed for candidates to develop their understanding of learning and development, testing and assessment, research, and program evaluation in education. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be able to conduct qualitative and quantitative research; to make data-based decisions; to develop instruments that are psychometrically sound; and to perform formative and summative evaluation of educational programs. Visit the program website for program details (


The following are required for admission to the program:

1. Baccalaureate degree in a behavioral science, education, or a related field.

2. Minimum 3.00 overall grade point average in last degree (not credential or certificate) earned from an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants whose overall GPA is less than 3.00 but meet the University minimum GPA requirement and who present compelling evidence of academic and professional potential either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background, may be considered for admission at the discretion of the program admission committee.

3. International applicants have additional university application requirements including meeting the English language proficiency requirement. Please visit The Center for International Education (CIE) website at for more information.

4. Complete EDP 400 (or equivalent introduction to research course) and one of the following (or equivalent): EDP 301 or EDP 302.


Candidates must apply separately to both the university and the program by posted deadlines. Applications should be submitted at the same time.

The application for Graduate Admission to the University is available online through CSUMentor ( One complete set of official transcripts must be submitted with the university application. This set of transcripts will be used to determine grade point average eligibility. Failure to submit transcripts in a timely manner will result in a delayed review of the application.

A separate application to the Educational Psychology program must be submitted to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office (EED-7). An application and directions can be downloaded at The program application does not require a set of transcripts.

Classified Admission

Successful applicants are admitted to the program with Classified admission status.

Advancement to Candidacy - Clear Admission

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. For advancement to candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

1. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

2. Complete 6-9 units of core courses.

3. Resolve all incomplete grades.

4. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average in the prerequisites and in all core courses.

5. Submit to the Graduate Studies Office an Advancement to Candidacy form signed by the program advisor.


Master's Objective

The degree objective requires a total of 30 units (not including prerequisites) made up of a 24-unit core and a 6-unit "foundation" that culminates in either (a) a master's thesis (6 units) or (b) a written comprehensive examination plus electives (6 units) to meet the 30 unit minimum.

1. Degree Core (24 units):

A. Take all of the following:

  • EDP 419 Educational Statistics (3)
    Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of an undergraduate mathematics course suitable for general education math credit and, if required by the major, a lower-division statistics course.
  • EDP 519 Quantitative Educational Data Analysis I (3)

    Prerequisites: EDP 419 or equivalent.
  • EDP 520 Quantitative Research Methods in Education (3)

    Prerequisites: For majors in MA in Educational Psychology: ED P 419 or equivalent. For other majors: ED P 400 or equivalent.
  • EDP 541 Seminar in Educational Measurement & Assessment (3)

    Prerequisites: EDP 419, EDP 519, and EDP 520 or equivalent.
  • EDP 595 Qualitative Research Methods in Educ (3)

    Prerequisites: EDP 400 or equivalent.
  • EDP 596 Program Evaluation in Education (3)

    Prerequisites:  For majors in Educational Psychology:  ED P 419 and 520, or equivalent.  For other majors: ED P 400 and 520, or equivalent.
  • EDP 604 Seminar in Human Development (3)

    Prerequisites: EDP 301 or EDP 302 and EDP 400 or EDP 419.
  • EDCI 533 Action Research Methods (3)
    Prerequisite: Admission to the Curriculum and Instruction Master's Program or consent of instructor.

2. Culminating Experience

A) Thesis Option:

  • Complete all of the above 24 units of core courses
  • Complete 6 units of EDP 698, Thesis

B) Written Comprehensive Examination:

  • Complete all of the above 24 units of core courses
  • Complete 6 units of 500/600 level electives with program advisor approval to reach 30-unit minimum. For example:
    • EDCI 695 (3) Seminar in Curriculum and Instruction
    • EDP 536 (3) Collaborative Consultation in the Schools
    • EDSP 564 (3) Assessment and Evaluation of Students with Disabilities

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