Program Details

There are two Educational Psychology degree options available with a specialization in Quantitative Methods: a Doctoral (Ph.D.) and a Master's (M.Ed.) degree.

Master's Program

The Master’s (M.Ed.) program entails 30 credit hours and can typically be completed in two years over four consecutive long (fall and spring) semesters. The program is designed to provide the knowledge and technical skills in the areas of applied statistics, psychometrics, and program evaluation. This training prepares graduates for doctoral study in Quantitative Methods and other social science fields as well as for professional positions, such as statistical analyst or social science researcher in academic institutions, testing companies, state and federal agencies, and school districts.

  • Core Goals for Students in the Master's Specialization

    Goal 1: Learn to plan and execute quantitative research, as well as analyze and evaluate the research carried out by others.

    Goal 2: Acquire expertise in a variety of statistical techniques, including the computing skills needed to carry out analyses.

    Goal 3: Learn to develop research designs and analysis strategies that are tailored to and appropriate for specific quantitative research questions, based on an understanding of the relationship between the design, the measures used and the relevant data analysis techniques.

    Goal 4: Develop and understand the proper use and assessment of use of measurement instruments (surveys, questionnaires, etc.) that are appropriate for specific educational, psychological and social science research and evaluation purposes. 

Doctoral Program

The Quantitative Methods area offers a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Quantitative Methods for applicants who already have a master's degree in quantitative methods (or equivalent training). The Ph.D. program entails 52 credit hours and can be completed in three years, but is most commonly completed in four years.

The Quantitative Methods Ph.D. specialization prepares graduates to conduct innovative methodological research that advances the field of quantitative methods and prepares educational researchers to understand and apply advanced quantitative research methods. Our graduates are employed in a variety of settings, including colleges and universities, professional testing organizations, educational research and development agencies, industrial psychology agencies, governing agencies of higher education, state departments of education, and research and program evaluation divisions of large school districts. 

  • Core Goals for Students in the Ph.D. Specialization

    Goal 1: Learn to plan and execute sophisticated quantitative research studies, as well as to analyze and evaluate the research carried out by others.

    Goal 2: Acquire expertise in a variety of advanced statistical and psychometric modeling techniques including innovative techniques that are on the cutting edge of the field.

    Goal 3: Learn to develop research designs and analysis strategies that are tailored to and appropriate for specific quantitative research questions, based on an understanding of the relationship between the design, the measures used and the relevant data analysis techniques.

    Goal 4: Develop the problem solving skills needed to serve as a quantitative research consultant.

    Goal 5: Develop the statistical, mathematical, and computing skills needed to conduct methodological research and contribute new methodological knowledge to the field.

    Goal 6: Acquire the deep, conceptual understanding of measurement principles and procedures necessary to develop and understand the proper use and assessment of use of measurement instruments (surveys, questionnaires, etc.) for specific educational, psychological and social science research and evaluation purposes.

    Goal 7: Learn to conduct applied psychometric research and to innovate psychometric techniques.

    Goal 8: Advance the field of quantitative research methodology through exemplary teaching and research, and acquire the professional skills that will support participation and leadership in national research organizations.