What Can I Do with a Degree?
The program focuses on research skills and therefore prepares students to enter research-oriented careers (e.g., consultant, University professor). Some graduates of the M.S. program pursue a Ph.D at UWM or another institution in Educational Psychology or a related field.
Students completing the Ph.D. program receive a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the School of Education with a specialty in Learning and Development. Further information regarding the Ph.D. requirements is available on our website:
Students completing the master's program receive a M.S. in Educational Psychology, which does not lead to license or state certification.
M.S. Program Requirements
Core Courses.............................9 credits
Concentration Courses.............15 credits
Elective Courses........................6 credits
The M.A. degree requires 30 credits which may include up to 6 thesis credits. Thesis students typically take more than 30 credits. All students begin the program with 9 credits of core courses which include the 600-level course in Development (640), Cognition (631), and Statistics (624). Students next take 5 courses chosen in consultation with their advisor.
Lastly, six additional credits are electives and may be taken from a program other than Learning & Development.
Students who do not write a thesis take a 3-hour comprehensive examination in the last semester of their course work. For more information, see, Student's Guide to the Comprehensive Exam (L&D Program).