PhD, Education Psychology

Typical Length 5 years

Delivery Campus-Based



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
Apply to UHM Graduate Division View This Task

You must submit a graduate division application.

Online Applications

To submit your application please go to the UHM online application.

Make sure you choose the application type “Graduate Studies”.

For checklist item #7 (Planned Course of Study) select "Educational Psychology-PhD (No Spring Admission)"

For directions and information on the UHM Graduate application process, go to the Graduate Division Forms page and select - Graduate Admissions Application General Information and Instructions.

Information for prospective students can be found on the prospective students page of the UHM Graduate Division website.

Paper Applications

If you choose to submit a paper application you must download and complete the paper application (select “Graduate Admissions Application and Fee Payment Form”). Please carefully review the Graduate Division application instructions (select “Graduate Admissions Application General Information and Instructions”) and comply with the most current requirements and submission procedures.

It is a good idea to submit copies of all Graduate Division application materials to the COE department you are applying to with your COE application materials.

When completing a paper application, if you wish to qualify to pay resident tuition at UHM based on residency status or Board of Regents exemptions you should also submit the Residency Declaration Form.

Send your paper application along with Residency Declaration Form to the UHM Office of Graduate Education at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Completed Master's Degree View This Task

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.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) View This Task

The GRE is required for admission to this program. GRE scores cannot be older than five years from the application deadline. There is no minimum score requirement for the GRE. Instead your GRE scores are considered as a component of your overall application packet. In order for your GRE scores to be considered, they must be received by the Graduate Division prior to the application deadline.

Your scores must be sent from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and may take up to 15 days for them to be received by UH.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for UHM is 4867.

Send your official GRE scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Submitted Transcripts View This Task

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

You should also including transcripts from, any study abroad or exchange programs, summer programs, and non-degree work and extension programs. Your official transcripts need to be sent directly to the Graduate Division from the issuing institution(s), or in sealed institutional envelopes if submitted with the application.

UH Transcripts

Transcripts are not required for course work completed at any of the UH campuses. Graduate Division Student Services will obtain UH transcripts on behalf of applicants.

International Students

Refer to the Office of Graduate Education International Admissions Requirements website for specific international requirements.

Send your official transcripts to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Unofficial Transcripts

You may submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts directly to the department. However, you are still required to have your official transcripts sent directly to the UH Mānoa Graduate Division at the address above.

Upload your unofficial transcripts.
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Submitting unofficial transcripts to the department alone does NOT meet the transcripts requirement.

Professional Goals View This Task

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

You are required to write a response to the following five questions as part of your application to the PhD, Educational Psychology program.

Use the following directions to submit your Professional Goals.

  1. Respond to all questions and prompts in one document.
  2. Save your Professional Goals as either a word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.
  3. Name the file with your name and the words Professional Goals
    (e.g. StudentName_ProfessionalGoals.pdf).
  4. Upload your statement to Mākālei
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Submit Resume or Curriculum Vita (CV) View This Task

Your resume or CV.

You are required to submit your resume or CV. You can either upload a copy directly to Mākālei or mail or fax a copy to the department.

Upload your resume or CV
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AlertYour resume or CV must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.


Mail or Fax your Resume/Vitae to:

Educational Psychology
Wist Hall Rm 214
1776 University Ave
Honolulu, HI 96822
Fax: (808) 956-6615

Sample of Scholarly Writing View This Task

A sample of scholarly writing as part of your application.

Scholarly writing may include a published research article, an unpublished manuscript such as, a research proposal, a thesis, a class writing assignment, or a professional research report written for your job. You can either upload a copy directly to Mākālei or mail a copy to the department.

Upload your sample of scholarly writing
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AlertYour writing sample must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.


Mail your sample of scholarly writing to:

Educational Psychology
Wist Hall Rm 214
1776 University Ave
Honolulu, HI 96822

Three Letters of Recommendation View This Task

Three (3) letters of recommendation

List three people, e.g., professors, advisors or instructors, who have agreed to serve as academic references and will complete a recommendation form for you. These individuals will be sent an email with the recommendation form that asks them to judge your skills and abilities to pursue graduate study. Please verify in advance that the listed references have agreed to complete the form and inform them that they will receive the form via email. The College reserves the right to contact professional references other than those listed.

If you would like to have additional references, please provide them with the Recommendation Form and have them fax or mail it to the Department of Educational Psychology.

Name E-mail Phone Relationship Send

Please make sure the letters are submitted by:
Letters can be submitted by one of the following:

  1. Upload to Mākālei (preferred):
    • You will be able to see any letters that are uploaded into Mākālei. If you or your references want the letters to be private, letters should be faxed or mailed in.

  2. Fax: (808) 956-6615
  3. Mail:
    • Admissions, Department of Educational Psychology,
      University Hawai‘i at Mānoa,
      1776 University Avenue,
      Honolulu, HI 96822

English Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) View This Task

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. For more information on the TOEFL and IELTS tests and to determine if you need to take them please visit the Graduate Division's English Proficiency website.

Minimum acceptable scores for the 2 tests are:

600/100 (Paper/Internet)

25 Listening
25 Speaking

6.00 for the Overall band test results

Send your official scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Identification Documents View This Task

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

As required by U.S. federal regulations, all international applicants are required to submit a copy of their passport identification pages, or a copy of their national identification card if a passport is not available.

Send your identification documents to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

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

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses ,including expenses for any accompanying spouse or children. Upon admission to UHM, only international applicants with proof of funding will receive visa documents. The Confidential Financial Statement Form for International Applicants is required of most international applicants.

Send your financial statement to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

How to Apply
Application Deadlines
Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Fall February 1 February 1
Spring N/A N/A

How to Apply
Delivery & Format

EDEP PhD students are admitted in the fall 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

Students enrolled in the EDEP PhD program will be assessed a tuition of $650 per credit for residents and $1545 per credit for non-residents. Information on tuition and fees can be found under the “Graduate 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 STAR 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 work as graduate assistants (GAs) on various projects. A GAship 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