MA with Quantitative Methods

The purpose of the MA program in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Quantitative Methods is to prepare professional researchers to understand and apply advanced quantitative research methods to address social problems and understand educational, psychological, and methodological research so that program graduates can contribute new knowledge to the field.

The program offers a fifth year option. This allows motivated undergraduate students to begin taking graduate-level quantitative courses while still an undergraduate. Students choosing this option can typically complete the MA program one year after they earned their baccalaureate degree.

The MA program in Quantitative Methods is designed for those who wish to:

  • Understand educational and psychological measurement and its use in decision-making
  • Use descriptive statistics (including effect sizes) and inferential statistics appropriately
  • Understand at least one statistical programming language (e.g., R, SAS) and be able to analyze data in that language
  • Identify problems, develop hypotheses, and formulate answerable questions based on relevant literature and current issues in the field
  • Choose a study design, select appropriate instruments, gather and analyze data, report and discuss findings, and draw conclusions
  • Design and write a thesis that provides evidence of scholarly competence