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Quantitative Research Methods (QRM) Specialization

The Quantitative Research Methods (QRM) specialization is a rigorous training program designed to build serious expertise in quantitative methodology, including applied educational statitstics and research design.

The specialization is designed primarily for PhD students who have chosen quantitative methods as their primary research tradition in the College of Education (COE). PhD students in other colleges and programs may be eligible but should check with the sponsoring department, Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership (EMPL).

To achieve the QRM specialization, students must take, at a minimum, a total of 20 credits (or five four-credit courses) from among the EMPL advanced quantitative methods course offerings.

  • Two of the courses (8 credits) are required to be a sequence in an advanced method where we offer two courses (i.e., hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, or item response theory).
  • The remaining three courses (12 credits) are the student’s choice.
  • Courses counting toward the EMPL emphasis area can be counted toward the specialization as well, but must be above and beyond the quantitative courses that count toward their required COE primary research methods tradition.
  • Students may petition the department to have advanced quantitative methods courses taken in other departments count toward the specialization. It is a good idea to check with the department before taking a course to be sure it will count.

In order to apply for the QRM specialization, students must submit a Declaration of Specialization form no later than the second week of the term in which they plan to graduate. However, we strongly encourage students to submit the form as soon as they know they will pursue the specialization. More information on graduate specializations can be found on the Graduate School's website.

Below is a table showing currently or recently offered courses in quantitative methods: