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Doctoral Program Overview

The Department of Educational Psychology (EPSY) sponsors a Ph.D. in the area of Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment . Our program prepares graduates to become leaders in educational measurement, test-theory, program evaluation, large-scale and classroom-based assessment practice, educational statistics, quantitative methodology, and educational research methods.  Our graduates pursue careers in academia, testing and research companies, evaluation firms, state departments of education, and school districts.

The Ph.D. program in Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment integrates theory and practice to promote the scientific uses of measurement within the field of education and related disciplines. Coursework focuses on current and emerging topics including causality and causal inference, instrument development, classical and modern measurement theory and applications, item response theory, multivariate statistical techniques , multilevel modeling, latent variable modeling, statistical programming, and educational assessment. Emphasis is on the development of professional competencies in these areas. Generally, students complete 3 years of coursework, followed by 1-2 years of independent research under the mentorship of one or more faculty members. Most full-time students complete the MEA Ph.D. program within 5 years.

Research experiences are available through the university in schools and educational organizations, informal educational settings, and through participation in faculty research grants and projects. Many of our full time students are funded through research graduate assistantships, which provide tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend.

For more information about our graduate programs in MEA, please consult the MEA Program Materials_2015 December 17.

Earn your Ph.D. with 4 years of FULL FUNDING as a Dean’s Doctoral Scholar at the Neag School of Education.

Our Dean’s Doctoral Scholars Program offers outstanding doctoral candidates full tuition-remission, a generous stipend, and an opportunity to work alongside leaders in the field on critical education issues. Now in its second year, this exclusive program is seeking exceptional candidates from across the nation. For more information, visit  If you are interested in being considered for the Dean’s Doctoral Scholar program, please apply for admission by Dec. 1, 2015 and mention your interest in the program in your personal statement.