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A large portion of our program involves in-depth research and analysis, and you will graduate with strong theoretical grounding in your specialization and research experience to be a leader in your field. Our graduates are consistently recognized for their innovative work, which covers diverse topics such as the impacts of curriculum and beliefs on learning, empirical studies of student behavior, contemporary methods of assessment, and innovation in understanding of giftedness and creativity.

The Quantitative Methodology program offers training in measurement, assessment, and statistics. Our major goals are to develop and disseminate advances in the theory and practice of:

  • Measurement in the social and behavioral sciences
  • Assessment in education
  • Statistical methodology in educational research

Our faculty are leaders in their field, with expertise in areas such as:

  • Diagnostic classification modeling
  • Educational data mining
  • Hierarchical linear modeling
  • Item response theory
  • Measurement invariance
  • Program evaluation
  • Psychometrics
  • Structural equation modeling

As a student, you will develop proficiency in applied statistics, research design, and fundamental concepts of test theory and psychometrics.

Our program prepares you for advanced study in a doctoral program, the path most of our students take. Graduates who do not pursue a doctoral degree go on to work in a variety of settings, such as data analysts in testing companies, research coordinators, or assessment specialists in K-12 school systems and higher education.

Program Highlights

  1. World-renowned faculty
  2. Students have many opportunities to present and publish research
  3. Complete master's thesis in a research-oriented program

Deadline to Apply

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Faculty and Curriculum

This program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours, which may include at least 24 hours of coursework and a maximum of six additional semester hours for thesis research. With few required courses, our program of study gives you the flexibility to specialize in an area of interest. All students completing a master's degree write a publication-quality thesis under the direction of a faculty committee, who must approve the research. Once the research is completed, you participate in an oral exam by presenting your work publicly. The degree typically requires two years to complete.

In addition to coursework, you have many practical and research opportunities, such as:

  • Work with faculty on grant-funded research projects
  • Gain first-hand experience in operational psychometrics and test development through our partnership with the Georgia Center for Assessment
  • Intern with internal or external agencies

See the advising checklist under "Resources" for a list of classes.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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