Dec 06, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Educational Psychology Option, M.A.E.

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Visit the College of Education Graduate Studies Office website for specific program details, application guidelines and materials, and application deadlines. Master’s students must complete Catalog requirements specified in the Catalog in effect at the time of admission to the graduate program.

The Option in Educational Psychology is a research-oriented Program designed for candidates to develop their understanding of learning and development, testing and assessment, research, and program evaluation in education. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be able to conduct qualitative and quantitative research; to make data-based decisions; to develop instruments that are psychometrically sound; and to perform formative and summative evaluation of educational programs. Visit the program website for program details (Educational Psychology Website).


The following are required for admission to the program:

  1. Baccalaureate degree in a behavioral science, education, or a related field.
  2. Minimum 3.00 overall grade point average in last degree (not credential or certificate) earned from an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants whose overall GPA is less than 3.00 but meet the University minimum GPA requirement and who present compelling evidence of academic and professional potential either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background, may be considered for admission at the discretion of the program admission committee.
  3. International applicants have additional university application requirements including meeting the English language proficiency requirement. Please visit The Center for International Education (CIE) website at for more information.
  4. Complete EDP 400  (or equivalent introduction to research course) and one of the following (or equivalent): EDP 301  or EDP 302 .


Applicants use Cal State Apply to file all application materials before the deadline. Deadlines and details about the Program Materials (e.g. statement of purpose prompt, recommendation prompts) may be found in the Application Process section of the College of Education Graduate Studies Office website. Please contact the College of Education Graduate Studies Office if you have questions. 

Submit official transcripts from the college or university from which you earned your bachelor’s degree. This set of transcripts will be used to determine grade point average eligibility. Failure to submit transcripts in a timely manner will result in a delayed review of the application.

Classified Admission

Successful applicants are admitted to the program with Classified admission status.

Advancement to Candidacy - Clear Admission

Students should advance to candidacy as early as possible. For advancement to candidacy (Clear Admission status), students must:

  1. Fulfill the campus Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  2. Complete 6-9 units of core courses.
  3. Resolve all incomplete grades.
  4. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average in the prerequisites and in all core courses.

Please contact the College of Education Graduate Studies Office if you have questions. 


Master’s Objective

The degree objective requires a total of 30 units (not including prerequisites) made up of a 24-unit core and a 6-unit “foundation” that culminates in either (a) a master’s thesis (6 units) or (b) a written comprehensive examination plus electives (6 units) to meet the 30 unit minimum.

Degree Core (24 units):

Culminating Experience

Thesis Option:

Complete all of the above 24 units of core courses, and additionally, complete 6 units of the following course:

Written Comprehensive Examination:

Complete all of the above 24 units of core courses Complete 6 units of 500/600 level electives with program advisor approval to reach 30-unit minimum. For example:

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