Quantitative Research Methods Specialization

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

To be eligible to add a specialization in QRM to their degree, a student must be admitted to a UO master’s or doctoral program.

The QRM 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 16 credits from among the EMPL advanced quantitative methods course offerings.

For COE PhD students, the specialization requires 16 credits beyond the four (or five) courses required for quantitative methods as your primary research tradition. Courses counted toward the primary method requirement cannot count toward the specialization.

For PhD students outside the COE, courses must cover topics beyond multiple regression, multivariate statistics, and basic experimental research design (i.e., the equivalent of the COE primary research tradition requirement).


  • Two of the courses (6 credits) are required to be a sequence in an advanced method where we offer two courses (i.e., EDLD 628-629, EDLD 633-634, EDLD 677 & 661).
  • The remaining 10 credits are the student’s choice.
  • Students may petition the department to have advanced quantitative methods courses taken in other departments count toward the specialization.
    • For example, the Psychology department course in structural equation modeling (SEM) is regularly counted as an advanced course for the specialization.
    • It is a good idea to check with the department before taking a course to be sure it will count.

To obtain the specialization, students must complete and submit the Declaration of Specialization form as soon as approved for the specialization, but no later than Week 5 the term prior to applying for graduation. 

For more information, please contact the EMPL PhD Program Director, Dr. Gina Biancarosa at 541-346-2883 or via email ginab@uoregon.edu


EDLD 628 Hierarchical Linear Models IOffered winter terms: 2019, 2021, 2023
EDLD 629 Hierarchical Linear Models IIOffered spring terms: 2019, 2021, 2023
EDLD 633 Structural Equation Modeling IOffered winter terms: 2020, 2022, 2024
EDLD 634 Structural Equation Modeling IIOffered spring terms: 2020, 2022, 2024
EDLD 650 Advanced Seminar in Educational Research MethodsOffered in alternating years in different terms: Next offered Winter 2019
EDLD 667 Advanced Measurement and AssessmentOffered in alternating years, typically spring: next offered Spring 2020
EDLD 661 Item Response Theory IOffered in alternating years, typically fall: next offered Fall 2020
EDLD 662 Item Response Theory IIOffered irregularly
EDLD 670 Analysis of Discrete and Categorical DataOffered irregularly
EDLD 679 Advanced Program EvaluationOffered in alternating years: next offered 2020-2021