Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology

College of Education, Health, and Society

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Combined Program:
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Psychology


The five-year, combined degree program is a collaboration of two departments: Educational Psychology (EDP) and Family Studies and Social Work (FSW). Specifically, this program combines course work from the Bachelor of Science in Family Studies (B.S.) with the terminal Masters of Education in Educational Psychology option in Human Development, Learning, and Family Studies (M.Ed.). For students in the combined program, 12 hours of 500/600 level courses can be double counted toward the B.S. and M.Ed. The Human Development, Learning, and Family Studies option provided within the EDP Masters, which is already a collaboration of these two departments, will enable students with interest in family studies to obtain a masters degree to spend a shorter time. Also, because FSW is ending its Masters of Science in Family and Child Studies program, this combined program will facilitate those students’ ability to obtain an appropriate graduate degree. The degree may be obtained in 5 years or less, particularly if students bring advanced standing credit into the Bachelors degree. This combined program thus allows for the completion of both programs, what would typically take about six years of study, into five or fewer years. 

Undergraduate Preparation

Undergraduates must be Family Studies majors. In order to ensure timely completion of the program, candidates for the program should apply for admission by the end of the first semester junior year, but students in their senior year may also apply. At the time of application, candidates should have completed all Miami Plan foundation courses toward the B.S. degree. By the end of the first semester senior year, candidate should have completed all Miami Plan thematic sequence requirements, all core requirements for the Family Studies major with the exception of FSW 475, and have completed a minimum total of 112 credit hours toward the B.S. degree. Below the curriculum for the B.S. is listed.

Suggested List of Courses

Provisional Admission

Students may be admitted on a provisional basis to a specific combined program anytime during their academic career at Miami, from the time they are admitted for undergraduate admission.

Full Admission

: Upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, students may apply for admission to the combined program. Programs may have more stringent requirements.  Regular time-limits for completing the master’s degree apply to students in a combined program ( see the Graduate School Handbook at for more information).

How do I apply

  • To apply to a combined bachelors/masters program, go to to complete the Graduate School online application and pay the $50 application fee. Be sure to check “combined program.” Students should complete the graduate application and submit three letters of recommendation, official Miami transcripts, and a statement of interest to the department by March 1st. 

    Department of Educational Psychology
    210 E. Spring St, MCG 201
    Oxford, Ohio 45056
    Attn: Jennifer Turner

  • Admitted students will be assigned a graduate faculty advisor within the department. Students admitted to the program should be aware that in the fifth (graduate) year their academic progress is evaluated using the performance standards expected of all graduate students.


Educational Psychology Students

For more information contact Or call Jennifer Turner, Administrative Assistant, at 513-529-6621; or Dr. Doris Bergen, Professor, at 513-529-6622.

Student Classification and Graduation

Students in a combined program will remain as undergraduates until they apply for graduation or submit a request to the Graduate School to have their classification changed from undergraduate to graduate. Students must have completed a minimum of 128 hours to be classified as a graduate student (note: this change in classification will affect eligibility for financial aid). Students may receive their bachelor’s degree prior to completing their master’s degree. Upon receiving the bachelor’s degree, students will automatically be classified as graduate students. Students receiving the bachelor’s degree prior to completing the master’s degree can count up to 9 hours of graduate course work toward their bachelor’s degree with permission of the appropriate advisor(s) and dean(s) or their designee(s). Those hours can also count toward the completion of their master’s degree.


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