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Become a researcher at the highest level through our personalized program, which offers four areas of emphasis.

Our graduate students are known across the country for their cutting-edge research. Study in the fields of assessment and quantitative methodology, or take advantage of our partnership with the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development, a leader in creative education. Become a scholar of the cognitive process within learning environments as you connect research to real-world issues in education, or you may choose to become a skilled psychologist at all levels of child development.

As a student, you will have many opportunities for research, both with an experienced faculty member and on your own projects. Our graduate students present their findings at conferences across the country and internationally, and each year top lists for awards and accolades recognizing their work.

Explore the effect of cognitive and developmental processes on education, and determine how that knowledge can be applied to teaching and learning.

Our program will prepare you to improve education through research, to implement projects in schools, and apply research and methods to a variety of settings. We encourage you to work with advisors and other faculty on research projects and in diverse environments.

Program Highlights

  1. Learn with an emphasis on research
  2. Many graduates are employed in higher education
  3. Our students have many opportunities to present research and publish

Deadline to Apply

December 1st

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Faculty and Curriculum

Your coursework in cognition and development is complemented by doctoral-level seminars and specialized studies. The program also includes instruction in statistics, research methodology, and measurement.

Faculty have expertise in an fields such as reading development and vocabulary, mathematics strategies, cultural influences on achievement, early intervention and technology-enhanced learning. Our faculty are active in national organizations and have served in a number of positions, including dean of the college of education, editor of the Journal of Research in Childhood Education, and president of the American Psychological Association Division 15 (Educational Psychology).

This degree program does not meet the GaPSC requirements for a certification upgrade for public school teachers.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

You are welcome to participate in the Graduate Researchers in Educational Psychology student association. But students can find specialized experiences related to their area of emphasis. Eligible students may be elected to the Beta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi international honor society.

Our students also benefit from a low student-to-faculty ratio. For example, in the applied cognition and development program, faculty advise no more than five graduate students.

Book a campus visit

See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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