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The mission of the Quantitative Methodology program is to:

  • Increase the effectiveness of research and assessment in the social sciences by advancing quantitative methodology through state-of-the-art research.
  • Train students to become high-quality researchers in the areas of psychometrics, statistics, measurement, and assessment.

The Quantitative Methodology program offers three degrees under the Department of Educational Psychology. The M.A. and Ph.D. in Quantitative Methodology are research-oriented degrees. The M.A. and Ph.D. degree culminate in a thesis and dissertation, respectively, that advances the field quantitative methodology in a significant way. The M.Ed. program focuses on applications of advanced quantitative methodology and is open to students enrolled at UGA in another doctoral program to complete in order to develop a top-notch statistical toolkit for conducting research in their primary discipline. Under Academic Programs below are links to more information about each degree.

The Quantitative Methodology program is led by seven tenure-track, full-time faculty. Faculty members are leaders in the field whose work has been recognized with awards from scholarly organizations such as the National Council on Measurement in Education. Faculty actively contribute to research often funded by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Educational Sciences. They also serve the field as editors for leading journals and assist in practice as members of technical advisory committees for states and companies developing high-stakes assessments. Faculty conduct research 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

Contact Details

  • Address:
    323 Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 30602
  • Phone: 706-542-4110
  • Fax: 706-583-0042
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Do you have an interest in theoretical developments in psychometrics, statistics, measurement, and other statistical modeling strategies? The Quantitative Methodology Program exists to advance the field of quantitative methodology and connect to real-world problems in educational and social science research.

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Associate professor works to refine school assessments for students

February 5, 2018
Laine Bradshaw was recently featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for her work on a pilot program that will help refine school assessments for Putnam County School District.

Alumna, Israeli scholar consults with faculty on joint research project

February 8, 2017
Fadia Nasser-Abu Alhija, the first Israeli Arab woman to be appointed an associate professor at an Israeli research university, evaluates student achievement and the structural validity of measures and tests.

Associate professor develops assessment tool

January 31, 2017
Laine Bradshaw's work is focused on developing and leveraging diagnostic psychometric methodology to design assessments that are both detailed and efficient.

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