This master's program is designed to offer professionals and students the opportunity to apply principles of learning, cognition, and motivation to vital problems in the area of education; develop a solid understanding of research, assessment, and evaluation methodologies; and develop an analytical and scholarly approach to critically assessing theoretical perspectives, research, and practice within and across content domains. By participating in a supportive and collegial environment with faculty from numerous educational disciplines and expertise, students are expected to develop the skills to meet the needs of diverse populations and design and implement effective educational programs appropriate for a broad range of cultural contexts.

Policies

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Banner Code: E1-MS-EDP

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits in one of four concentrations. Each concentration offers students the option of a thesis or a project to fulfill the research requirement.

Concentration in Assessment, Evaluation, and Testing (EDPA)

Coursework

EDRS 531Educational and Psychological Measurement3
Three credits of3
Directed Inquiry in Educational Psychology
Thesis in Educational Psychology
Select two from the following:6
Special Topics in Educational Psychology (must register for 3 credits) 1
Educational Assessment
Program Evaluation
Total Credits12

Educational Psychology Core

EDEP 550Theories of Learning and Cognition3
EDEP 551Principles of Learner Motivation3
EDEP 632Human Development3
Total Credits9

Research Methodology Core

EDRS 590Education Research3
EDRS 620Quantitative Inquiry in Education3
EDRS 621Qualitative Inquiry in Education3
Total Credits9

Concentration in Learning and Decision-Making in Leadership (EDPD)

Coursework

EDEP 591Introduction to Data Literacy in Education3
EDEP 653Culture and Intelligence3
Three credits of3
Directed Inquiry in Educational Psychology
EDRS 531Educational and Psychological Measurement3
Total Credits12

Educational Psychology Core

EDEP 550Theories of Learning and Cognition3
EDEP 551Principles of Learner Motivation3
EDEP 632Human Development3
Total Credits9

Research Methodology Core

EDRS 590Education Research3
EDRS 620Quantitative Inquiry in Education3
EDRS 621Qualitative Inquiry in Education3
Total Credits9

Concentration in Learning, Cognition, and Motivation (EDPL)

Coursework

Three credits of3
Directed Inquiry in Educational Psychology
Thesis in Educational Psychology
EDRS 531Educational and Psychological Measurement3
Select two from the following:6
Special Topics in Educational Psychology (must register for 3 credits) 1
Culture and Intelligence
Learning, Motivation, and Self-Regulation
Total Credits12

Educational Psychology Core

EDEP 550Theories of Learning and Cognition3
EDEP 551Principles of Learner Motivation3
EDEP 632Human Development3
Total Credits9

Research Methodology Core

EDRS 590Education Research3
EDRS 620Quantitative Inquiry in Education3
EDRS 621Qualitative Inquiry in Education3
Total Credits9

Concentration in Teacher Preparation (EDPT)

Individuals pursuing the Educational Psychology, MS Concentration in Teacher Preparation must be admitted into one of the following teacher licensure certificate programs prior to completion of MS coursework:

Students apply three courses (9 credits) from the certificate towards the MS degree in educational psychology with the expectation that they will complete the teacher certification program.

Coursework

Teacher Licensure Certificate Program
Select three courses (9 credits) from teacher licensure certificate program (see above)9
Three credits of directed reading/project, or thesis 3
Directed Inquiry in Educational Psychology
Thesis in Educational Psychology
Total Credits12

Educational Psychology Core

EDEP 550Theories of Learning and Cognition3
EDEP 551Principles of Learner Motivation3
EDUC 672Human Development and Learning: Secondary Education3
Total Credits9

Research Methodology Core

EDRS 590Education Research3
EDRS 620Quantitative Inquiry in Education3
EDRS 621Qualitative Inquiry in Education3
Total Credits9

Accelerated Option Requirements

Concentration in Assessment, Evaluation and Testing (EDPA)

Students complete the following courses in their senior year:

Senior
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDEP 5503EDEP 5513
EDRS 5903EDRS 6203
 6 6
Total Credits 12

Concentration in Learning and Decision-Making in Leadership (EDPD)

Students complete the following courses in their senior year:

Senior
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDEP 5503EDEP 5513
EDRS 5903EDRS 6203
 6 6
Total Credits 12

Concentration in Learning, Cognition, and Motivation (EDPL)

Students complete the following courses in their senior year:

Senior
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDEP 5503EDEP 5513
EDRS 5903EDRS 6203
 6 6
Total Credits 12

Bachelor's Degree (any)/Educational Psychology, Accelerated MS (Assessment, Evaluation, and Testing Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BA or BS in any degree area and an MS in Educational Psychology (Assessment, Evaluation, and Testing concentration) in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 138 credits.

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. For information specific to this accelerated master's program, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits, and additional unit-specific criteria (see Application Requirements and Deadlines).

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific pre-requisites.

Accelerated Master’s Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form:

  • 3.0 overall GPA 
  • Completion of specific undergraduate coursework
  • Successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements 

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following which can be taken as Advanced Standing or Reserve Graduate credit (to be determined by the student and their advisor):

EDEP 550Theories of Learning and Cognition3
EDEP 551Principles of Learner Motivation3
EDEP 632Human Development3
EDRS 531Educational and Psychological Measurement3
EDRS 590Education Research3
EDRS 620Quantitative Inquiry in Education3
EDRS 621Qualitative Inquiry in Education3

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies.

Bachelor's Degree (any)/Educational Psychology, Accelerated MS (Learning and Decision-Making in Leadership Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BA or BS in any degree area and an MS in Educational Psychology (Learning and Decision-Making in Leadership concentration) in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 138 credits.

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. For information specific to this accelerated master's program, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits, and additional unit-specific criteria (see Application Requirements and Deadlines).

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific pre-requisites.

Accelerated Master’s Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form:

  • 3.0 overall GPA 
  • Completion of specific undergraduate coursework
  • Successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements 

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following which can be taken as Advanced Standing or Reserve Graduate credit (to be determined by the student and their advisor):

EDEP 550Theories of Learning and Cognition3
EDEP 551Principles of Learner Motivation3
EDEP 632Human Development3
EDRS 531Educational and Psychological Measurement3
EDRS 590Education Research3
EDRS 620Quantitative Inquiry in Education3
EDRS 621Qualitative Inquiry in Education3

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies.

Bachelor's Degree (any)/Educational Psychology, Accelerated MS (Learning, Cognition, and Motivation Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BA or BS in any degree area and an MS in Educational Psychology (Learning, Cognition, and Motivation concentration) in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 138 credits.

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. For information specific to this accelerated master's program, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits, and additional unit-specific criteria (see Application Requirements and Deadlines).

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific pre-requisites.

Accelerated Master’s Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form:

  • 3.0 overall GPA 
  • Completion of specific undergraduate coursework
  • Successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements 

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following which can be taken as Advanced Standing or Reserve Graduate credit (to be determined by the student and their advisor):

EDEP 550Theories of Learning and Cognition3
EDEP 551Principles of Learner Motivation3
EDEP 632Human Development3
EDRS 531Educational and Psychological Measurement3
EDRS 590Education Research3
EDRS 620Quantitative Inquiry in Education3
EDRS 621Qualitative Inquiry in Education3

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies.