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Overview

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:

  • Assessment Design
  • Computer Adaptive Testing
  • Diagnostic classification modeling
  • Hierarchical linear modeling
  • Item response theory
  • Measurement invariance
  • Programming and estimation
  • Psychometrics
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Psychometrics
  • Structural equation modeling

In the MA program, students 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. Less than 3:1 student to faculty ratio
  3. Complete master's thesis in a research-oriented program

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Faculty and Curriculum

The MA requires students to complete 30 hours of course credit, 6 of which may be for thesis research. The program culminates in the completion of a thesis that meaningfully advances the field of quantitative methodology.

The 24 hours of coursework requires some foundational courses to be the same for all students. For remaining courses, students will work with their closely with advisors to tailor a program of study that provides students with the training they need to be successful in a future career. The required courses include:

  • Four foundational courses in applied statistics
  • A foundational course in educational psychology
  • A foundational course in classroom assessment
  • A Master's seminar (1 credit hour)

Within our program, students typically take electives such as

  • Statistics courses including multivariate data analysis, categorical data analysis, and multilevel modeling, as well as a course providing a mathematical statistics toolkit for psychometrics
  • Psychometrics/measurement courses including Item Response Theory (two course sequence), Rasch modeling, structural equation modeling (two course sequence), factor analysis, diagnostic classification modeling, computer adaptive testing
  • A programming course that focuses on R

In addition to coursework, many of our students are provided a Graduate Assistantship that comes with a stipend and tuition waiver. Through assistantships students have opportunities to assist with teaching a course or assist faculty on grant-funded research projects. Students also have many practical opportunities, such as:

  • 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
  • Working with faculty outside of the QM program on grant-funded research projects that require research design and data analysis

See the Resources at the bottom of the page for a sample Program of Study that gives an example of a typical course sequence in the program that is organized by semester. Under Resources, there is also the Advising Checklist that organizes degree requirements in a list.

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

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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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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Admissions

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

Requirements

  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

Requirements

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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Program Resources

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