Doctoral Program Overview

The Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY) offer’s a Ph.D. in the area of Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation (RMME). Our program prepares graduates to become leaders in educational measurement, test-theory, program evaluation, large-scale and classroom-based assessment practice, educational statistics, quantitative methodology, and educational research methods. Our graduates pursue careers in academia, testing and research companies, evaluation firms, state departments of education, school districts, and more.

The Ph.D. program in Research Methods, Measurement, and Evaluation integrates theory and practice to promote the scientific uses of measurement within the field of education and related disciplines. Coursework focuses on current and emerging topics including causality and causal inference, instrument development, classical and modern measurement theory and applications, item response theory, multivariate statistical techniques , multilevel modeling, latent variable modeling, statistical programming, and educational assessment. Emphasis is on the development of professional competencies in these areas. Generally, students complete 3 years of coursework, followed by 1-2 years of independent research under the mentorship of one or more faculty members. Most full-time students complete the RMME Ph.D. program within 5 years.

Research experiences are available through the university in schools and educational organizations, informal educational settings, and through participation in faculty research grants and projects. Many of our full time students are funded through research graduate assistantships, which provide tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend.

For more information about our graduate programs in RMME, please consult the RMME Handbook.