Admission into the PhD in Educational Psychology program

Application deadline

February 1, 2020 for September 2020 entry

For an overview of the application process and progam information we recommend you download the PhD Educational Psychology Admissions Guide (PDF).

Program requirements

Master's degree with thesis in a field related to Educational Psychology

Two required prerequiste courses

Candidates must have completed ED-D 560 (Statistical Methods in Education) and ED-D 561A (Methods in Educational Research), or their equivalents within their Master’s degree program.

Letter of Intent

A Letter of Intent (not to exceed five pages in length).     

Applicants are asked to address the following issues/questions:

  1. Discuss your reasons for pursuing doctoral studies in Educational Psychology.
  2. How might enrollment in an Educational Psychology doctoral program at the University of Victoria help you meet your immediate and long-term professional goals?
  3. What are your strengths and weaknesses as a learner?  In addition, please provide any other relevant information that you think would help the admissions committee to know about you as a person and a potential Educational Psychologist.

Statement of Research Experience and Interests

Statement of Research Experience and Interests (not to exceed three pages in length)

Applicants are asked to address the following issues/questions:

  1. A description of previous research and work experience related to your area of doctoral study.
  2. A description of past and present research interests in Educational Psychology. 
  3. A statement describing your intended research area during your doctoral studies.
  4. Name two Faculty members with whom you might like to work. For each, provide a brief explanation about how your research interests connect with theirs.

Resume/CV

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Applicants must submit GRE scores (no greater than five years old). No specific cut-off scores are used to determine entrance. No application will be adjudicated until scores has been received.

Three Assessment Reports

Each applicant is required to submit three confidential assessment reports from persons who are in positions to comment on the candidate's abilities and performance. One must be from the student’s Master's thesis supervisor and at least one other should be from a professor from whom you have taken a graduate-level course. It is not acceptable to have an assessment report completed by a coworker or friend. The names and email addresses of your chosen assessors are required when you submit your application. It is important that you contact your referees prior to providing them here in order to confirm their willingness to provide you with an assessment. A letter of reference may also be supplied as part of the assessment report. UVic will send assessment form information directly to your referees upon submission of your application. Submissions of references will be collected electronically alongside your application information. For more information on these reports visit graduate admissions and records.

English Language Requirement

Applicants whose first language is not English, and who have not resided in a designated English-speaking country for three years immediately prior to the entry-point applied for, must provide proof of English language proficiency.

This is done by providing results directly to the university from a TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB test. Official test score reports must be sent directly to the University of Victoria by the testing agency. Scores older than two years are not acceptable.

Applicants holding a recognized degree from a designated English-speaking country are exempted from the language proficiency requirements.

Please visit our English Language Proficiency page for complete information.

No application will be adjudicated until scores has been received.

PLEASE NOTE: The EPLS department requires higher language proficiency scores than those required by Graduate Admissions and Records. See the EPLS English language proficiency requirement for more information.

How to apply

All prospective students should download the PhD Educational Psychology Admissions Guide for a complete guide on program requirements and admissions procedures.

Applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early.

Ensure you are ready to upload the following with your online application:

  • All unofficial post-secondary transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Research Statement
  • Resume
  • Thesis
  • Unoffical GRE scores
  • Names and email addresses for the people filling out your assessment reports (3)

Submit your online application by the deadline.

English Language Proficency results need to be sent directly to the university from a TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB test. Official test score reports must be sent directly to the University of Victoria by the testing agency. Scores older than two years are not acceptable.