Degree Requirements

M.S.E. in Educational Psychology and Research

Program Coordinator: Neal Kingston (Research, Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics), 720A J.R. Pearson, 785-864-9705,

Program Coordinator: David Hansen (Development and Learning), 642 J.R. Pearson, 785-864-1874,

Programs in this area lead to the Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.), offering instruction in learning, development, statistics, measurement, evaluation, and research methods. Students may apply for 2 distinct tracks through the EPR program.

  • REMS refers to the track of study that includes research methods, evaluation, measurement, and statistics.
  • D&L refers to the track of study that includes development and learning.

Opportunities are available each year for students to be involved in basic and applied educational research.


The Educational Psychology and Research Programs use rolling admissions so students can apply at any time. To ensure maximum opportunity to receive financial aid, students should apply by February 15 to begin course work in the following summer or fall.


Required Admission Materials

  1. Graduate application and application fee. See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.
  2. PRE departmental application.
  3. 1 copy of official transcripts of all previous college work, sent directly to the Graduate Application Processing Center. The original transcript is forwarded to the School of Education to complete licensing and/or certification paperwork.
  4. GRE (general test) scores: Institution code, R6871; Department code, 3403.
  5. Letter of intent.
  6. Résumé.
  7. 3 letters of recommendation from people who can assess the applicant’s prospects for completing the program.

M.S.E. Degree Requirements

Students select 1 of 2 tracks, REMS or D&L.

Program Requirements

The program must include at least 1 graduate course in 5 core areas:

  1. Learning and Instruction,
  2. Human Development,
  3. Research and Evaluation Methods,
  4. Measurement, and
  5. Statistics.

In addition, each student must take course work to establish a concentration in either REMS or D&L. The student must take course work in an outside area and complete a thesis.

Course Work Requirements

Educational Psychology and Research Core Areas

  • Research and Evaluation
    PRE 715 Understanding Research in Education (All students must take PRE 715.)

Students must take at least 1 course in each of the following areas as well as at least 2 additional courses in their chosen tracks. Examples of courses commonly chosen to meet these requirements are shown.

  • Learning and Instruction. Example:
    PRE 704 Advanced Educational Psychology: Learning Processes in Education
  • Applied Human Development. Example:
    PRE 705 Human Development Through the Life Span
  • Measurement and Assessment. Example:
    PRE 725 Educational Measurement
  • Statistics. Example:
    PRE 710 Introduction to Statistical Analysis and PRE 711 (Required lab section for PRE 710)

Contact Info

Department of Psychology and Research in Education

J.R. Pearson Hall
1122 West Campus Road, Room 621
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101
Steven W. Lee, Chair
, Graduate Admissions Coordinator
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