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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

Our graduates enjoy careers as faculty members in universities, as psychometricians in the educational testing industry, or as assessment coordinators for government positions at departments of education or in local school districts.

Program Highlights

  1. Comprehensive curriculum featuring over 10 regularly-offered doctoral electives
  2. Less than 3:1 student to faculty ratio
  3. Culture where faculty co-author research with students regularly
  4. High success rates for graduates attaining faculty positions at universities

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Faculty and Curriculum

There is an expectation that students enter the PhD program with a background in statistics and/or mathematics. The PhD requires students to complete 60 hours of course credit, 12 of which may be for dissertation research. The program culminates in the completion of a dissertation that meaningfully advances the field of quantitative methodology.

The 48 hours of coursework requires only a few 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:

  • Two foundational courses in applied statistics
  • Two foundational courses in educational psychology
  • A foundational course in theories of educational measurement
  • A foundational course in classroom assessment
  • A foundational course in instrument design
  • Two doctoral seminars (1 credit hour each)

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

Students also often may choose from electives such as

  • Other courses within the College of Education including qualitative methodology, program evaluation or education policy courses
  • Statistics courses offered within the College of Arts and Sciences through the Statistics Department at UGA

In addition to coursework, most—and often all—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.

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.

Tuition rates

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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Student Life

We encourage our quantitative methodology students to get involved in organizations such as the National Council on Measurement in Education, the American Educational Research Association, the Psychometric Society, and the American Psychological Association.

Most students are active in the Graduate Researchers in Educational Psychology student association, and eligible students may be elected to the Beta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi international honor society.

Our students also benefit from a low student-to-faculty ratio. Faculty in the Quantitative Methodology program typically advise 3-5 students.

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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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