- What can I do with my degree and what are the job prospects?
- Job prospects are excellent for students completing a Ph.D in the Educational Statistics and Measurement area. Graduates can find work in academia or in industry and in a wide variety of settings including universities, state and federal agencies, test publishing organizations, school systems, state departments of education, marketing research companies and research centers.
- Is a master's degree required for admission?
No. A master's degree is not required for admission. However, a publishable paper (written at the level of a master's thesis) is a requirement of the program (see other coursework below).
- How many credits are required for the Ph.D.?
The total minimum number of credits is 54. Of these, 12 are psychological foundations credits, 9 are urban foundations credits, 9-12 are credits in a minor outside the area or department, and 24 are from the research methodology area. These are the minimum credit requirements but students often exceed this minimum in a typical program of studies. For further details, refer to the graduate bulletin or the Educational Statistics and Measurement doctoral handbook at the Educational Psychology website..
- Other than course work, what else is required?
- Students are also required to write a "publishable paper" within 30 credits of admission to the doctoral program, pass a qualifying exam, pass a preliminary exam (dissertation proposal hearing), and pass a final oral defense of their dissertation. For further details, refer to the graduate bulletin.
- How long will it take to complete the program?
- It is expected that most students will complete all degree requirements within six years of initial enrollment in the doctoral program. All requirements MUST be completed within ten years from the date of initial enrollment. A full-time student can typically complete the program in 5 years.
- What are the criteria for admission?
- The Educational Statistics and Measurement Area admits students based upon their academic records, breadth of experience, career goals and three letters of reference. All applicants must meet minimum Graduate School requirements as well as minimum Educational Psychology requirements to qualify for admission. For more detailed information on admission, see the Educational Statistics and Measurement Doctoral Program Handbook.
- How many units may be transferred from another graduate program?
- Up to 12 semester credits, taken within the past 5 years, may be transferred if the credits are accepted by the Graduate School and are approved by one's advisor.
- Are standardized test (e.g., GRE) scores required?
- Yes, scores on the general GRE, taken within the past five years, are required.
- When should I initiate the application process?
- The Educational Statistics and Measurement Area accepts students on a rolling admissions basis, but students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. All application deadlines are listed on the Educational Psychology front page. Students may complete applications online through the Graduate School.
- What specific expertise do faculty members have?
- The faculty members in the Educational Statistics and Measurement Area have expertise in educational measurement topics such as Item Response Theory, differential item functioning, and educational assessment, as well as in educational statistics topics such as general linear models including multiple regression, structural equation models and hierarchical linear models. For more detailed information on the work of specific faculty members, please see the faculty profiles link in the toolbar.