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    Oct 29, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Human Development and Family Science, BS with grad track option leading to Educational Psychology, MS

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Academically strong undergraduate students with a major or minor in human development and family science (HDFS) may apply for and be admitted to the master’s in educational psychology while still undergraduates. Doing so allows them to finish first their bachelor’s degree and then their master’s program on an accelerated pathway. With departmental approval, and subject to the requirements of the accelerated master’s degree (see below), four undergraduate courses are replaced with their graduate counterparts. These four graduate courses also count toward the 33 hours for the master’s degree in educational psychology.

Admission requirements and program policies

Admission requirements

Students who have completed 75 credit hours of undergraduate coursework may apply for admission into the grad track program in educational psychology by submitting the following:

  1. Submission of official GRE scores is strongly encouraged, but not required.
  2. At least two written letters of recommendation from individuals who can give evidence of the candidate’s reading, critical thinking, writing and quantitative skills. These letters must be sent from the recommender, signed and on letterhead. Preference is given to letters from full-time EPSY faculty and/or the UNT faculty from whom the applicant has taken upper-division or graduate courses.
  3. Resume or vita that includes educational and any professional experiences.
  4. A personal statement (1–3 pages) stating the applicant’s goals and rationale for applying to the desired degree concentration. Please describe any related job experiences or any relevant research and/or evaluation experiences.

Students meeting the grad track requirements will be notified to start the accelerated program after completing 90 credit hours of coursework toward their undergraduate degree program. This official notification is required for taking graduate-level courses.

Program policies

Students with an overall GPA of 3.50 may apply to the program and to the graduate school for the grad track option, which includes 6 hours of undergraduate courses in human development and family science and up to 12 hours of graduate courses in educational psychology. Following successful completion of the undergraduate degree, students may transfer the 12 graduate hours into the MS with a major in educational psychology and concentrations in family policy and program administration or learning and development.

Students admitted into the grad track option must earn a grade point of 3.0 or higher in each of the four graduate courses taken. Full admission to the UNT graduate school is obtained upon completion of the undergraduate degree.

Program requirements

Students seeking a master’s concentration in Family Policy and Program Administration will take the following courses in the grad track option:

  • EPSY 5050 - Foundations of Educational Research Methodology
  • EPSY 5000 -  Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • EPSY 5413 - Family Relationships
  • EPSY 5453 - Family Law and Policy

Students seeking a master’s concentration in Learning and Development will take the following courses in the grad track option:

  • EPSY 5000 - Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • EPSY 5050 - Foundations of Educational Research Methodology
  • EPSY 5133 - Infant and Child Development
  • EPSY 5143 - Advanced Adolescent Development

With department approval the following courses may be substituted based on course availability:

  • EPSY 5250 - Grant Proposal Writing Techniques
  • EPSY 5210 - Educational Statistics


All remaining courses for Human Development and Family Science, BS must be completed.

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