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Master of Science in Educational Psychology (MSEP)

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100% Online MS in Educational Psychology

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18 Months to your MS in Educational Psychology

Finish your MSEP in just 10 courses.

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Master of Science in Educational Psychology (MSEP)

Help shape the educational experience for learners with the 100% online Master of Science in Educational Psychology (MSEP) degree program at National University. NU’s MS in Educational Psychology degree program gives you the skills you need to make an impact in the classroom. You’ll study how to apply psychology and the science of learning to better understand how people learn and to shape the instructional process.

Through the NU MS in Educational Psychology program, you’ll also explore educational psychology foundations along with critical subjects, such as child and adolescent development, the psychology of learning, gifted education, and diversity-related topics. Other focus areas include research design, how to use statistics, professional ethics, and the law as it relates to the educational psychology field.

Earn your Master of Science in Educational Psychology degree online

At National University, you can earn your Master of Science in Educational Psychology degree entirely online. This allows you to continue your education without putting your career on hold. We also have helpful online resources and weekly start dates to offer you the flexibility you need to successfully reach graduation day. And, although you attend class online, you’re never alone at NU. Our unique one-to-one learning model and active online communities offer you the support you need to succeed.

Prepare for Careers in Advanced Education

NU’s MS in Educational Psychology program prepares you for careers in advanced education and workforce training development. NU’s one-to-one learning model gives you the guidance, attention, and support you deserve throughout your education.

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Course Details

Credit Hours: 30

Courses: 10

Estimated Time to Complete: 18 months

The Master of Science in Educational Psychology (MSEP) degree program can be completed in 30 credits. Each course runs 8 weeks, and you’ll receive 3 semester credits per course. 

Note on Licensure: Our psychology programs are not licensure programs and do not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychologist, school counselor, or counseling professional. Students in the MS in Educational Psychology program may choose a non-clinical internship.

The Master of Science in Educational Psychology program can be completed in 30 credits. 

All Master of Science programs require the foundation course to be completed prior to enrolling in specialization courses. If students choose the capstone stone, this course will be completed as the last course in the degree program. 

  • PSY-6801 – Foundations of Educational Psychology
  • PSY-5703 – Child and Adolescent Development
  • PSY-6802 – Educational Psychology for Diverse Populations
  • PSY-6114 – Psychological Tests and Measurements
  • PSY-5103 – Professional Ethics, Law, and Psychology
  • PSY-5107 – Research Design
  • PSY-6115 – Psychology of Learning
  • PSY-5110 – Applied Statistics
  • PSY-6803 – Gifted and Talented Education for Diverse Populations
  • PSY-6810 – Capstone for Educational Psychology 

– OR – PSY-6811 – Internship for Educational Psychology 

National University’s Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology can prepare you to work in colleges and universities, K-12 districts, healthcare or social service settings, and education service or workforce talent providers. Qualify for roles that include*:

  • Adjunct Faculty-Psychology
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Education Coordinator
  • Instructional Designer
  • Learning Specialist
  • Psychology Instructor
  • Psychology Lecturer
  • Trainer
  • Training Specialist

*SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (Report viewed: 7/06/2022). DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

The Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology requires a total of 30 credits for completion.

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the Master of Science in Educational Psychology for graduate coursework completed at an external accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit Policy for additional information.

All NU master’s degree programs have the following graduation requirements:

  • A minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed through the University
  • Completion of subject area competency requirements for the graduate program
  • Elective courses must be relevant to the department’s graduate program
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited academic institution
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complimentary diploma and/or degree posted transcript

Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 30 Credit Hours
Courses: 10 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 18 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

Note on Licensure: Our psychology programs are not licensure programs and do not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychologist, school counselor, or counseling professional. Students in the MS in Educational Psychology program may choose a non-clinical internship.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of National University’s Master of Science in Educational Psychology (MSEP) degree program, you’ll be able to:

  • Employ ethical principles of psychology in academic and professional matters of educational psychology
  • Examine research methods and data analysis applicable in the framework of educational psychology
  • Investigate empirically supported interventions for research, administration, or practice of educational psychology
  • Examine diversity issues in the context of educational psychology
  • Synthesize theories and principles applicable to the field of educational psychology


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Frequently Asked Questions

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected job outlook for educational psychologists over the next ten years is 6% (As fast as average).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an educational psychologist was $81,040 per year as of May 2021.