Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation, M.S./Ph.D. Measurement and Quantitative Methods Concentration


The Master of Science (M.S.) program in ERM provides training in the foundations of research methodology, educational measurement, and program evaluation. Students in the M.S. programs receive comprehensive training through a core set of required courses, as well as hands-on, practical experience obtained through field experiences, practicums, and internships coordinated and supported by the Department of Information, Library, and Research Sciences (ILRS) Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS). Students are able to tailor portions of the curriculum to meet their professional and academic goals through elective courses that allow students to gain a concentration in a particular methodological area of interest, such as program evaluation, educational measurement and assessment, or statistical modeling.

Program Distinctions

The rigor of academic training in ERM is enhanced by hands-on, practical evaluation, measurement, and assessment work with clients in a variety of diverse local, national, and international program settings. 

Our internationally recognized faculty have developed a comprehensive range of academic and hands-on program experiences to enrich student understanding of the field of educational research methodology in either program evaluation or measurement and quantitative methods.

The Student Experience

The M.S. program is designed for people who are interested in the use of research methods and approaches in applied settings. Much of the M.S. coursework is offered during evening hours to accommodate individuals who are working during the day. This program provides fantastic training for individuals ultimately interested in doctoral training in substantive fields that employ quantitative and qualitative research methods; examples of such fields include education, psychology, the health sciences, and public policy. 

After Graduation

The M.S. program offers the requisite training for a career providing methodological support to organizations involved in research, program evaluation, and assessment. Students completing the program have a range of career options in the areas of research study design, data collection and analysis, program evaluation, and assessment. Students graduating from the M.S. program are employed in a variety of professional settings, including state boards of education, assessment and testing organizations, organizations conducting research, organizations conducting program evaluations, school districts, and other organizations that make data-driven decisions.


Additional Required Core for the Measurement and Quantitative Methods Concentration: 6 Hours

  • ERM 669: Item Response Theory
  • ERM 682: Multivariate Analysis

Electives: 6 Hours

  • Students must complete a combination of 6 hours in elective courses at the 600 or higher level. Electives may be any ERM courses not included in the required core or non-ERM courses with the approval of the major advisor.

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