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Quantitative Research Methods (QRM) Specialization

Quantitative Research Methods Specialization


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The Quantitative Research Methods (QRM) specialization is a rigorous training program designed to build serious expertise in quantitative methodology, including applied educational statistics 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 complete and submit the specialization declaration form as soon as they have been approved to pursue (or is admitted to) the specialization, but no later than the term prior to applying for graduation. This form must be filed in the Graduate School no later than week 5 of any term in which you want to make the change effective. Forms submitted after Week 5 of the term will automatically be considered for the next academic term. 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:

QRM Specialization