Educational Psychology PhD


Students are required to complete a minimum of 20 units of coursework and the successful completion of both the Doctoral Comprehensive Examination and the Doctoral Thesis.

Students who wish to register with the BC College of Psychologists will need to meet additional requirements outside the scope of this program.

Program Format

This program is designed to offer flexibility for students by holding most classes in the late afternoon/evenings. Classes tend to be held on our Burnaby campus.

Students complete:

EDUC 971-4
Advanced Topics in Educational Psychology

Advanced Topics in Educational Psychology

EDUC 971

In-depth critical analysis of select topics in educational psychology. Students with credit for EDUC 865 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: EDUC 860.

EDUC 975-4
Advanced Quantitative Methods in Educational Research

Advanced Quantitative Methods in Educational Research

EDUC 975

Methods for analyzing multivariate data in educational research, meta-analytic methods, and applications and frailties of advanced quantitative analysis. Illustrations from educational research are used throughout. Students with credit for EDUC 865 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: EDUC 863 and 864 or permission of instructor.

12 units of additional course work

Chosen with the approval of a Senior Supervisor

EDUC 983-5
Comprehensive Examination

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

EDUC 983

The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Normally, the comprehensive examination is completed in the term in which course requirements are completed, or the term immediately following.

EDUC 899-15*
Doctoral Thesis

A major part of this program is original research. A thesis describing this is submitted and defended. Normally, before the fourth course a thesis research plan is presented to the supervisory committee. Upon entry to the program, every term students enroll in EDUC 899-15 Doctoral Thesis.

*Effective January 1, 2018, the unit value of EDUC 899 increased to 15 units from 10 units.

  • Start Term: Fall 2023 (September)
  • Applications Open: October 1, 2022
  • Applications Close: December 1, 2022
  • Tuition 2021/22*: $1,985.88/term
    *Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September.



PhD EDUC Course Offerings Summer 2021 - Summer 2022 (revised April 2021)

Course Offering

Note: Course offerings subject to change. Current scheduling information available at or contact us at Consult your pro-tem/supervisor prior to enrolling in courses outside your program.


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