FAQ - Ph. D. in Measurement, Quantitative Methods, & Learning Sciences
What are the minimum GRE scores expected for admission to the program?
The College of Education requires all applicants to have GRE scores above the 35th percentile in both the Verbal and Quantitative sections and above a 3.5 on the Analytical Writing section. Additionally, the exam must have been taken within the past five years.
Can a student be enrolled on a part time basis?
You must be a full-time student during the first year of the program. This satisfies the University's requirement for one full year (two semesters) dedicated to residency. The department requires full-time participation in the first year core sequence to fulfill this requirement. After this first year, you may choose to take fewer courses and be classified by the university as a part-time student.
What financial aid opportunities exist for students?
Graduate assistantships are available to eligible students. Such assistantships usually provide aid to help cover the costs of tuition, as well as a stipend. These assistantships can include responsibilities for teaching, conducting research, and for other administrative duties. There are also scholarship opportunities available within the College of Education. Additionally, student loans and grants are available to qualifying students.
Can credits be transferred from a previous institution?
Yes, the College of Education allows students to transfer up to 30 semester hours of relevant coursework. However, all transfer petitions must be approved by the student's advisor, the department chair, and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.
Can a master's degree be obtained during the process of completing the Ph.D. requirements?
Students without a Master's degree should typically apply for one of the Master's programs in the department. Upon completion of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework, students can apply for the Ph.D. program in Measurement, Quantitative Methods, & Learning Sciences.
Can other certifications be obtained upon completion of the program?
The Measurement, Quantitative Methods, & Learning Sciences doctoral program does not specifically provide training for any particular certificate or licensure (e.g., LPC, diagnostician, principalship, etc.). To pursue these objectives, students are guided toward other relevant programs. Matriculation in the Educational Psychology and Individual Differences Doctoral Program does not preclude students from taking coursework needed to pursue a particular certificate or licensure. In these cases, however, students will need to take coursework (e.g., practicum or internship courses required for certification or licensure) in addition to that required as part of their degree plan for the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Individual Differences.
What career opportunities exist for an individual with a Ph.D. in Measurement, Quantitative Methods, & Learning Sciences?
The Measurement, Quantitative Methods, & Learning Sciences (MQM-LS) Ph.D. degree qualifies students for faculty and professional positions in a variety of academic and non-academic settings, including: university and college professors, researchers in Research and Accountability Divisions of public school districts, data analysts or research specialists for local, state, and national government institutions or agencies and private research organizations, and independent consultants. The MQM-LS program prepares graduates to understand and apply advanced quantitative research methods to address significant educational, social, and psychological problems. In addition, it provides them with the skills necessary to fill a variety of roles in diverse settings in which knowledge of human development, learning theory, research and evaluation methods are essential.
Is a Master's degree required for admission?
No, however, students accepted for the doctoral program typically have a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology or a closely related field. Additionally, the College of Education requires students to have completed 30 semester hours of graduate work prior to entering into a doctoral program.
If I have previously completed an empirical master's thesis, do I still have to complete a candidacy paper?
The candidacy paper requirement may be waived if students previously have completed an empirical Master's thesis. Discuss this possibility with your advisor.
Can I pursue personal academic interests with regards to the 18 elective hours required?
Yes, for these electives, students are encouraged to pursue coursework pertinent to their individual career goals, including courses offered by faculty within the Department of Psychological, Health & Learning Sciences as well as courses offered by other departments in the College of Education, Department of Psychology, and those related to the fields of sociology, and other behavioral and social sciences. These electives should be identified in consultation with the student's academic advisor.
How long does the program typically take to complete?
The program typically requires approximately four years of full time study, inclusive of coursework, candidacy research project, comprehensive exam, and dissertation.
What happens if I have not completed the required prerequisites?
Leveling work must be completed prior to enrolling in the first year core sequence. Such work does not count toward the requirements for the doctorate degree. The need for leveling work is evaluated on a case by case basis. Additionally, students should not be discouraged from applying to the program based on the possibility that leveling work may be needed.
What is the GSO?
The Graduate Student Organization consists of graduate students currently enrolled in programs within the Department of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences. The GSO sponsors several professional activities throughout the year, as well as hosts social events for students across programs and years to network and get acquainted.Are comprehensive exams required?
Are students allowed to select their advisor?
Incoming students are assigned an academic advisor based on a mutual fit between the student and the advisor's area of expertise. Students are encouraged to express a preference as to which advisor they feel they would be most compatible with during the interview or in the statement of goals. At the same time, students are free to change advisors throughout their matriculation in the program.
When are applications due?
Applications for Fall admissions are accepted continually but are due no later than the deadline listed on the Admissions deadline. KPlease allow sufficient time to ensure that application materials arrive by posted deadline. There are no Spring admissions.
Is there an interview process for applicants?
Yes, interviews are required, prior to admission, of doctoral applicants to the Department. When necessary, these interviews can be conducted over the phone.
How many students are typically accepted to the program each year?
There is not a specific number of students admitted each year. However, incoming classes typically consist of 5-10 students. All first year students are required to participate in the full-time core sequence (i.e., 9 credit hours in the first Fall semester and 9 credit hours in the first Spring semester of doctoral study).
At what times of the day are classes typically offered?
Classes are typically offered in the later afternoons to early evenings. The department recognizes that some students will be balancing a job while attending school and attempts to make such accommodations with regards to the course schedule. There may be, however, times when students are required to attend courses during the day.
Are assistantships available to incoming first year students?
Yes, assistantships are available to all students.