PhD in Education Psychology

Typical Length 5 years

Delivery Campus-Based

Nationally Accredited

The PhD program in Educational Psychology is directed toward increasing students’ competence in educational inquiry, and provides rigorous knowledge and expertise with two specializations, 1) human learning and development; and 2) measurement, statistics, and evaluation (MSE). Courses are offered in the areas of human learning, cognition, and development; and statistics, measurement, evaluation and research design and methodology. The program prepares individuals to conduct applied and original research and evaluation in public and private educational settings and provide instruction and consultation appropriate for all educational levels.

Who should consider this program

Educators pursuing careers as professors, researchers, specialists, administrators, or other types of leadership positions may want to consider a masters degree or PhD in the field of Educational Psychology. The Department of Educational Psychology (EDEP) promotes inquiry in human learning and development within the context of a diverse society.

Common Careers

The primary employers are educational institutions, both public and private, at all levels: K through 12, postsecondary (community colleges and universities). Also, government and private agencies like testing companies, non-profit agencies, research institutes, and private or public educational organizations.

There is no single job title for educational psychologists in organizations, but some examples include professor, program evaluator, educational consultant, test developer, statistician, psychometrician, and educational specialist.

Admission Requirements

It is strongly recommended that applicants have graduated, or will graduate, from a UHM recognized, accredited, master’s degree program prior to beginning the PhD, Educational Psychology program.

The GRE is required for admission to this program.

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

You are required to write your Professional Goals as part of your application.

Your resumé or CV.

A sample of scholarly writing as part of your application.

Three (3) letters of recommendation

Applicants who are not native English speakers may need to take the TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) tests. For more information view the Graduate Division website.

International students that have been admitted are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses

How to Apply
Application Deadlines
Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Fall March 1 March 1
Spring October 1 October 1

How to Apply
Delivery & Format

EDEP PhD students are admitted in the fall and spring semester each year. EDEP courses are generally offered face to face with one to two classes offered online or using a hybrid model each semester. Classes are usually offered in the late afternoon to accommodate students work schedule.

Evening, hybrid and online courses at UH Mānoa


All doctoral students will be required to take the courses listed below. There are 33 credits required for these core courses. Students will need to receive a grade of no lower than B (B- will not be acceptable) in each of these courses.

Core Courses

  • Introductory Courses ( 6 credits)
  • Learning and Development (12 credits)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation (12 credits)

Note: full list of courses are in the handbook

Additional Degree Requirements

  • Cognate Area of Specialization (Nine credits in learning & development or measurement,
    statistics, and evaluation)
  • College Teaching Experience
  • Minimum residence of three semesters of full-time work or equivalent in credits at UHM
  • Dissertation
  • Minimum of one course of dissertation credit (1 credit minimum) during final semester

For more information regarding degree requirements beyond core courses please see the EDEP Student Handbook.

Tuition & Funding

The current tuition rate is $650 per credit for residents and $1402 per credit for non-residents. Information on tuition and fees can be found under the “General & Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified” heading on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

There are many resources available to help graduate students pay for college, including College of Education scholarships. There are also several scholarships listed generally through the UH Manoa General Scholarship ListSTAR website (please note that this is only accessible to students with a valid UH ID number – must be admitted as a student prior to looking for scholarships on this site) and the Financial Support section of the Graduate Division website. For more information on financial aid and additional resources, please visit the UH Manoa Financial Aid Office (

Some students may find employment as graduate assistants (GAs) which includes a tuition waiver as well as a stipend.

Advising & Faculty

Our faculty and staff will provide you with guidance and resources to support your success from beginning to end. You will receive a dedicated faculty advisor to partner with you on your journey.

Program Coordinator