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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Science in Education in Educational Psychology

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The M.S.Ed. program in educational psychology promotes the understanding and practical application of theory and empirical knowledge regarding human development, learning, and motivation in sociocultural contexts. Courses relate to learning and developmental processes within educational settings (e.g., schools, family, work, neighborhood). The program requires the successful completion of a master’s thesis or project.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.


The faculty in educational psychology select the most qualified applicants.

An applicant for admission must submit

transcripts showing the GPA for the last two years of undergraduate work.
scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the verbal and quantitative parts of the General Test of the GRE. 
a two-page essay describing their career goals and interests relevant to educational psychology, the origins of those interests, and how the educational psychology program should be able to help them reach those goals.
three letters of recommendation from employers, supervisors, or professors.

While a minimum GPA of 3.00 is preferred, final decisions regarding admissions are made by the educational psychology admissions committee on the basis of all submitted items. Any applicant who is denied admission may submit an appeal to be reviewed by the entire educational psychology faculty. Appeals must be in writing, explain the basis for the appeal, and include information not previously submitted.

Student-at-Large, Study-Abroad, and Transfer Credit

Student-at-large and transfer hours in combination may not exceed 15 semester hours for students pursuing the M.S.Ed. degree in educational psychology. See “Requirements for Graduate Degrees” for limitation on study-abroad credit.


When admitted to the program, the student is assigned an adviser who is a faculty member in the area of interest that the student intends to pursue. A course of study is developed for each student.


The M.S.Ed. in educational psychology requires a minimum of 33 semester hours, including either Option A or Option B.

Option A

This option is designed for students who would like to enroll in a doctoral program.

Option B

Option B is designed for students who are not considering enrolling in a doctoral program.


Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination is conducted in conjunction with the oral defense of the thesis or project.

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