Measurement, Quantitative Methods, & Learning Sciences Doctoral Program - University of Houston
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The University of Houston's Measurement, Quantitative Methods, & Learning Sciences (MQM-LS) doctoral program equips students with the skills necessary to design, conduct and interpret quantitative research projects that help solve our society's most difficult problems. Students develop a broad understanding of psychological and learning theories while also receiving strong quantitative methods training. With these skills, our graduates can measure and analyze a wide variety of topics and issues in psychology and education with unique insights. Students received a wide variety of research opportunities within the Department of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences; the College of Education and UH. Our mix of quantitative methods training and learning sciences training produces strong candidates ready to compete in a competitive job market.

About the Program

Our goal: Equip our graduates with the tools they need to design, conduct and use research to solve problems in our increasingly complex and diverse society. Our program focuses on quantitative and methodological issues that arise in both basic and applied research. Our graduates have the ability to fill a variety of roles where knowledge of human development, learning theory, research and quantitative methods are essential.
  • 69 hoursof minimum required coursework
  • 4 yearsto complete program when enrolled full-time (at least 9 hrs/semester)

MQM-LS students gain knowledge of measurements and quantitative research methods and theoretical foundations in human development and learning theory through:

  • Coursework
  • Residency
  • Candidacy research project
  • Comprehensive Examination Portfolio
  • Dissertation

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be qualified to enter careers in a varity of roles and settings, including:

  • University and college professors
  • Researchers in Research and Accountability Divisions of public school systems
  • Data analysts or research specialists
  • Independent consultants

The following is a list of current MQM-LS faculty:

Dr. Weihua Fan

Measurement, Quantitative Methods & Learning Sciences

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Dr. Allison Master

Measurement, Quantitative Methods & Learning Sciences

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Dr. Margit Wiesner

Measurement, Quantitative Methods & Learning Sciences

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The MQM-LS faculty's research seeks to develop and improve research approaches and techniques while applying them to better understanding issues in psychology, education and youth behavior. Visit the PHLS Research Portal to learn more about our diverse interests and discover faculty pursuing answers to the questions that matter to you. 

Feel free to contact faculty directly to learn more about their research. You can find contact information in the Research Portal or by visiting the COE Faculty Directory.

Financial Aid

All MQM-LS doctoral students are encouraged to apply for scholarships through the UH and the College of Education. To learn more about how to fund your graduate studies, visit the Graduate Funding page.

Graduate Tuition Fellowship

Graduate Tuition Fellowship (GTF) provides tuition remission for 9 credit hours, during the academic year, to students who enroll in at least 9 credit hours. During the summer term, GTFs are contingent upon available budget. Not all years in the graduate program may be covered by this program.


Graduate appointments are usually available to students during the first two years of graduate studies. The program doesn't cover mandatory fees or course fees. Not all years in the graduate program are covered by this program. 

To learn more about funding your education, contact the COE's College of Graduate Studies at or call 713-743-7676.

Houston, Texas

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and one of the nation's most diverse cities. This fact benefits our students and faculty both personally and professionally. Home to more than 100 different nationalities and where more than 60 different languages are spoken, Houston is the perfect environment to practice what you're learning in the classroom. The city also boasts more than 12,000 theater seats and 11,000 diverse restaurants featuring cuisines from around the globe (Don't know where to start? Just ask a Houstonian, and they're sure to bombard you with at least a dozen places to eat.) 

Houston is bustling with culture, energy and offers something for everyone inside and outside the classroom.

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Ready to Apply?

MQM-LS program application deadline: Feb. 1 (domestic students)

MQM-LS program application deadline: Feb. 1 (international students)

Are you ready to apply to the University of Houston MQM-LS doctoral program? Yes? You can learn more about the application process by visiting the College of Education's Graduate Admissions page or jump right into the application process by visiting the UH's How to Apply to Graduate School page.

If you need more information about the MQM-LS program, we are here to help. You can always contact the COE Office of Graduate Studies by phone at 713-743-7676 or by email.

Farish Hall

Contact Us

The Measurement, Quantitative and Learning Sciences doctoral program is a member of UH's Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences department.

Program Director: Dr. Weihua Fan

UH College of Education
Stephen Power Farish Hall
3657 Cullen Blvd., Room 491
Houston, TX 77204-5023

Undergraduate: or 713-743-5000
Graduate: or 713-743-7676
General: or 713-743-5010

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