Combined B.S. and Masters Program

Bachelors of Science: Family Science (128 credit hours) and Master of Education in Educational Psychology

Emphasis: Development, Learning, and Family Science (30 credit hours)

Program Overview

How do we learn? Educational psychologists explore questions related to human learning in various contexts and across the lifespan. They are experts in the science behind how people learn. Educational psychologists influence what we know about educational assessment, contexts for teaching & learning, instructional design, brain development, and human development.

The Combined Educational Psychology master’s degree program at Miami University offers a customizable course of study in areas related to Family Science, Educational Psychology, and Psychology. Graduates who earn this degree:

  • Pursue doctoral degrees in Educational Psychology, Family Science, or related fields
  • Compile and analyze research for social service agencies, nonprofits, or educational institutions
  • Ascend to upper professional career opportunities and leadership positions in the family and social work arena
  • Become organizational trainers or educational consultants

Program Description

The five-year, combined degree program assembles course work from the Bachelor of Science in Family Science (B.S.) with the terminal Masters of Education in Educational Psychology (M.Ed.). This program allows for the completion of both programs, what would typically take about six years of study, into five or fewer years.

  • Students complete 128 hours to earn the undergraduate degree; 120 hours at 400 level or below, as well as all major and Miami Plan requirements

  • Students complete 30 graduate level credit hours to earn the graduate degree
    • 9 hours typically, and up to 12 of 500/600 level courses can be double counted toward the B.S. and M.Ed.
  • Students complete a research project in an area of interest

Admission Information

Applicants must be undergraduate Family Science majors or Family Relationships or Child Studies and Youth Development minorsStudents should apply for full admission by the end of the first semester-junior year. Students in their senior year may also apply. Students may officially apply for full admission upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater. Students may apply and be conditionally admitted if they have completed 64 credit hours and earned a 3.0 minimum GPA.

Students apply via Miami University’s Graduate School application. All application materials will be uploaded via the Graduate School's application portal.

  • Indicate in the online application system that you are applying for a combined degree program
  • Unofficial transcripts are accepted
  • A one to two page resume with relevant work and academic experience
  • Three professional letters of reference from faculty or other persons who can provide information about your potential for graduate study and your interpersonal skills
  • A personal statement of at least 500 words indicating one's academic interests, professional goals and reasons for selecting the graduate program

Assistantships are not regularly available to students pursuing the master’s degree in this combined degree program. Notification of acceptance is usually within 4-6 weeks of receiving a completed application. Regular time-limits for completing the master’s degree apply to students in a combined program.

If you have questions about the application requirements or issues with applying, please contact Jennifer Turner, Educational Psychology Administrative Assistant. Program or general admission questions may be directed to Dr. Katherine Kuvalanka or Dr. Joseph Schroer.