The Measurement and Statistics program prepares students to become leaders in the research and practice of state-of-the-art test development, psychometrics, and applied statistics. Faculty and students focus on the following interrelated areas:

  • Developing and evaluating assessments/tests
  • Developing and evaluating teachers’ classroom assessment practices
  • Developing and evaluating survey instruments/questionnaires
  • Planning and implementing sampling plans/experimental designs
  • Planning, implementing, and evaluating statistical models

Reflecting the multidisciplinary history of quantitative research methods, Measurement and Statistics students come from diverse backgrounds, including education, psychology, sociology, statistics, economics, and engineering. Regardless of prior academic background, all students share a common desire to improve social policy by practicing high-quality research methodology.

You should carefully review the Program Requirements for details about all components of the M.Ed. course of study. You must also follow the Degree Requirements of the Graduate School; among these are that a course of study should include at least 18 credits at the 500 level or above as well as 18 graded credits.

Doctoral Program: Ph.D. students work closely with their advisers to create highly tailored programs of study that include intermediate and advanced coursework in Measurement and Statistics as well as outside coursework to gain broader perspective and deeper insight into specialized topics.
• Current Measurement, Statistics, Research Design M.Ed. students who wish to continue their studies and pursue a doctoral degree should apply using a modified “Petition-Application.”
• All other prospective students holding relevant master’s degrees should apply to the College of Education’s Ph.D. program.
Ph.D. students have specific requirements and milestones that can be viewed here.

Graduates of the master’s degree program can be found working in a wide range of settings – including school districts, state governments, universities, nonprofit agencies, and private companies – as analysts, test developers, administrators, and program evaluators. Graduates of the doctoral program hold faculty or other key leadership positions at universities, state governments, and private sector organizations.

This program does not lead to state teaching certification.