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We have two teams to help you through the process.

General questions prior to applying can be directed to our Graduate Recruiters.

Once you have applied, questions about the application process should then be directed to our Graduate Processors.

Graduate Recruiters: Located in the Multidisciplinary Studies Building 4.01.52

Office Hours: 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Monday, Wendesday and Friday - virtual office hours
Tuesday and Thursday - in-person


Contact Us:

Phone: (210) 458-4331
Fax: (210) 458-4332

Book an appointment with a recruiter in-person or virtually .

Graduate Processors: Located in the Flawn Sciences Building 1.01.05


Contact Graduate Processors:

Phone: (210) 458-7985

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Unofficial Transcripts and Other Documents for Spring 2022 can be Uploaded here! (requires UTSA
student ID in the form of abc123) if they have not been submitted as part of your application.

Unofficial Transcripts and Other Documents for Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 must be uploaded directly to the application.


Educational Psychology (M.A.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Educational Psychology aims to prepare culturally competent scientist-practitioners and researchers to effectively contribute to the applied psychological development and well-being of children and adolescents. The degree coursework provides students with a strong foundation in Educational Psychology theory and principles (e.g., human development, learning, motivation, research methods, statistics, and evaluation) as well as the skills to apply this learning to relevant contexts (e.g., educational, clinic, community, and industrial/organizational settings). Students build on these core areas by complementing their required program coursework with coursework from other areas selected based on personal interests (e.g., public policy, sociology, social work, psychology, and teaching). This design allows students to explore new areas of interest as they deepen their understanding of educational psychology and its applicability to social, political, and academic domains of education. Students who wish to complete an intensive research project have the option of completing a Master’s Thesis for 6 semester credit hours. 

Why pursue an M.A. in Educational Psychology at UTSA?

Our students and graduates have the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in scholarly inquiry, to deliver accountable, research-based services, and to understand how to use psychology as a force for positive change. Our department has been very successful in developing effective partnerships with local school districts and community agencies that provide our students rich and meaningful research-based practicum experiences. Our faculty members are involved in high-impact research projects and participate in local and national professional organizations offering students a rich network of disciplinary experts across many areas of educational psychology. This degree is ideal for educators wishing to advance their professional expertise, for researchers seeking advanced knowledge in methods, statistics, and evaluation, and for anyone interested in the application of educational psychological science to educational contexts.     

Degree Requirements:

The Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology requires the successful completion of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours.

For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Prerequisites:

 Required Degree A bachelor’s degree in a related field such as Psychology or Education.
 Other Degree Requirements Applicants who lack appropriate academic background in Psychology, Education, or a closely related field may be admitted conditionally, and specific leveling coursework may be required to address areas of deficiency.
Application Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet university wide requirements.
 Application A completed a Graduate School application.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae Not Required.
 Letters of Recommendation Two letters of recommendation are required from professional references. Appropriate sources of letters include professors, supervisors, employers, and similar individuals with whom the applicant has a professional relationship. Letters should not be submitted from personal references such as friends or family members. These letters should specifically address the applicant’s academic and/or professional skills, and potential to succeed in a rigorous graduate program.
 Statement of Purpose  A Statement of Purpose is required, (approximately 500 words) which outlines the applicant’s (1) reasons for pursuing the M.A. degree in Educational Psychology, (2) area of concentration they are most interested in, (3) experiences relevant to the concentration they are most interested in, and (4) career plans.
 Test Scores General GRE required (including all three parts of the exam), not older than five years old.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America

  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
  • Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429,, or online at
  • If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other None.


Contact Information

Student Development Specialist: Samantha Sifuentes


Phone: (210) 458-2721

Graduate Advisor of Record: Ian Thacker, Ph.D.


Telephone:(210) 458-2650

Degree Website: Learn more about this program here.