Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Emphasis in Research, Measurement, and Statistics
The Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Research, Measurement and Statistics (RMS) focuses on a broad range of quantitative and methodological issues, including:
- Multivariate statistics,
- Item response theory,
- Generalizability theory,
- Hierarchical linear modeling,
- Structural equation modeling,
- Meta analysis,
- Single case design & analysis,
- Growth modeling, and
- Monte Carlo study.
RMS faculty are leading scholars who have earned international recognition and attract students from around the state and across the nation. RMS faculty not only engage in the development and application of cutting-edge quantitative research methods; they are also committed to training the next generation of methodologists. Graduates with this specialization are in demand for higher education academic positions and both school- and industry-based jobs in measurement and evaluation. RMS graduates hold positions at many major universities and research agencies.
Admissions deadline: December 1 for the following semester
- An alternate application deadline of April 1 is available for the Educational Psychology Ph.D. programs. Note that applications submitted by the December 1 deadline will receive priority in the review process and may have access to more funding opportunities.
- To be admitted to a graduate program, you must apply to the EPSY department and Texas A&M University.
Degree: Doctorate in Educational Psychology
Emphasis: Research, Measurement, and Statistics
Degrees Offered: Ph.D.
Credit Hours: minimum 72 hours
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Prerequisite Courses (3 credits each)
Core Courses (3 credits each)
EPSY 625: Advanced Psychometric Theory
EPSY 633: Qualitative Research Design and Data Collection
EPSY 640: Statistical Analysis in Educational Research I
EPSY 641: Statistical Analysis in Educational Research II
EPSY 642: Meta-Analysis of Behavioral Research
EPSY 650: Multiple Regression and Other Linear Model in Educational Research
EPSY 651: Theory of Structural Equation Modeling
EPSY 652: Theory of Hierarchical Linear Modeling
EPSY 656: Survey Instrument Development
EPSY 691: Dissertation Research Hours (Minimum 13 credits)
Electives: RMS Courses **(Minimum 24 credits)
RMS Related Electives
EPSY 631: Program Evaluation
EPSY 637: Qualitative Grounded Theory Methodologies
EPSY 643: Applied Multivariate Methods
EPSY 653: Advanced Structural Equation Modeling
EPSY 654: Longitudinal Data Analysis
EPSY 655: Item Response Theory
EPSY 690: Experimental Research Design in Educational Settings
- Electives which have been offered in the last three years and have permanent numbering in the 2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog. The course code is currently listed as EPSY 690 and will be changed to EPSY 639.
Other EPSY Electives
EPSY 630: Single Case Experimental Design
EPSY 634: Educational Neuroscience
EDTC 608: Foundations of Distance Learning
EDTC 654: Instructional Design-Technique in Educational Technology
EPSY 646: Issues in Child and Adolescent Development
EPSY 647: Lifespan Development
EPSY 673: Learning Theories for Education
- Electives which have been offered in the last three years and which have permanent numbering in the 2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog.
Total: 64 credits
*Prerequisite course requirements may be waived for students who have comparable previous coursework or demonstrate requisite knowledge skills. Students who feel they meet these criteria should consult their advisor.
Frequently Asked Questions
List of Bachelor Degree Equivalencies
Can my Application fee be waived?
Yes. This fee may be waived only in exceptional cases for low-income applicants and McNair Scholars. To receive the waiver, you must submit an awards letter from your current school’s financial aid office showing the award of a Pell Grant. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) from a current FAFSA can also be submitted to show financial need. McNair Scholars must submit a letter from their McNair Program Director verifying their status as a McNair Scholar in good standing to receive the fee waiver. Submit this information to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your major of interest and term of application. Waiver of the $90 international application fee is not available.
Statement of Purpose Essay
All applicants must complete the Essay, Statement of Purpose and explain the following:
- Why you applied to this program
- Academic background and training
- Potential for graduate study
- Research experience
- Other relevant professional experiences
I want/need a Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship – how do I apply?
Please note that we cannot guarantee any financial assistance to any student. We will contact all admitted students about the process for applying for all available assistantships. This is a separate process from applying for admission. The department and programs will choose students to be nominated for Graduate Diversity or Graduate Merit fellowships. These fellowships are only open to U.S. citizens. Please do not ask to be nominated for one of these fellowships as the program will determine which students are competitive for these awards.
How do is submit my letters of Recommendation?
The GraduateCAS online application includes a Recommendations section where you must add your recommenders’ information. Once you have saved the recommendation requests, GraduateCAS will contact each recommender via email to request the completion of the recommendation form and letter of recommendation. We require three letters of recommendations and they must be submitted directly by recommenders through the electronic system.
Is there an admissions cycle for Spring semester?
No. For our Ph.D. programs we only have admissions in fall semesters.
What are the typical program costs?
Please note, you must update the program hours.
Can you guide me through the application process?
I live out of state. Do you accept out-of-state applicants?
Yes, we accept in-state and out-of-state applicants.
Is there any opportunity for financial assistance?
Yes, there are opportunities for financial assistance through the following departments: Office of Graduate Studies Financial Aid