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Quantitative Research Methods Programs

Applications for the next cohort open each fall and close the first week in January. Please see our apply page for instructions and exact deadlines each year.

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Why earn a graduate degree in quantitative research methods in education?

Our PhD program in quantitative research methods in education (QRME) develops researchers, scholars, and policy leaders who engage in traditions of inquiry that create knowledge and understanding founded in empirical evidence.

The program focuses on:

  1. Building a strong understanding of quantitative methods in research
  2. Studying causal and complex relationships within applied educational, social, and institutional settings
  3. Using research to inform policy and practice in applied educational and social settings

Ideal QRME PhD students:

  • Understand the importance of evidence and data in making decisions
  • Take an interdisciplinary and systems-level perspective to problems in education
  • Value the union of rigorous research methodology with strong grounding in theory and practice

Program Options

The quantitative research methods in education program offers the following degree options:

What can I do with a degree in quantitative research methods in education?

Quantitative research methods in education PhD graduates pursue careers in:

  • Academic institutions
  • Research and evaluation centers
  • Policy institutes
  • Applied settings including state departments of education and school districts

Enroll in the NEW Data Science Specialization for Education and Social Systems Leaders

Become a “big data” leader who has the skills to use data to guide decision making. Data-informed decision-making is now the new minimum standard of practice in many fields, including education and social systems.

A five-course Data Science Specialization in Educational Leadership is available now in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership (EMPL) at the University of Oregon. Contact Dr. Kathleen Scalise ( or Dr. Gerald Tindal ( for information about how the Data Science Specialization can be become a emphasis area of a doctoral or master’s degree in EMPL.

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Social Systems Data Science

Our Social Systems Data Science (SDS) Network is dedicated to accelerating data-driven research and outreach efforts in the educational, behavioral, and social sciences.


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Contact Information

Keith Zvoch, PhD
Professor and Department Head
Co-Director, Department of Educational Methodology, Policy and Leadership

Cengiz Zuopluoglu
Associate Professor
Co-Director, Department of Educational Methodology, Policy and Leadership

Angela Burham
Student Services Coordinator