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Quantitative Methodology: Measurement and Statistics, Ph.D.

The Quantitative Methodology: Measurement and Statistics Ph.D. program is designed to qualify individuals to teach courses at the university level in applied measurement, statistics, and evaluation, to provide leadership in the conduct of research studies, and to serve as applied statistics, measurement, or evaluation specialists in school systems, industry and government.

Admissions Deadlines

September 27, 2024 (Spring 2025 Domestic/International)
December 3, 2024 (Fall 2025 Domestic/International)


UMD Graduate
School General
Statement of Purpose
TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)

Letters of Recommendation (3)
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Writing Sample

The Graduate School Application portal,, can be used to apply to UMD and review the status of your application. Graduate faculty in the Academic Department you applied to will review your completed application for graduate admission.

Students are required to submit all required documents before submitting their application: CV and Purpose Statement, (3) recommendation letters, transcripts, writing sample, GRE scores and TOEFL/IELTS/PTE for international graduate students. The Educational Testing Service is offering the GRE General Test online. Please visit here for more information:


The Graduate School's guide to International Admissions provides an overview on the application, review, and enrollment process for international students.

The Graduate School's list of Frequently Asked Questions is a helpful resource as you navigate the admissions process.

For other questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application, please contact:

Judy Foster, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions
Office of Student Services, College of Education
(301) 405-2359                  

Questions regarding application reviews and decision recommendations should be directed to the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM). Please contact:

Jannitta Graham, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Human Development and Quantitative Methodology
(301) 405-8432

Please contact, Gregory Hancock Or Ji Seung Yang at

Academic advisement for graduate students is provided by the graduate faculty in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM).   For advising information, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Jannitta Graham at (301) 405-8384 or

Visit the Graduate School Fellowship and Graduate Assistantship web page for additional funding opportunities 

For information about other student financial aid, review the Office of the Student Financial Aid website.

Courses within the program are selected from offerings of Quantitative Methodology: Measurement and Statistics program and other departments of the University. A program for a student will be structured to take into account the background and future aims of the individual. There is a common core of courses comprised of:

EDMS 623 Applied Measurement: Issues and Practices (3) 
EDMS 626 Instrumentation (3) 
EDMS 646 General Linear Models I (3) 
EDMS 647 Causal Inference and Evaluation Methods (3)
EDMS 651 General Linear Models II (3) 
EDMS 655 Introduction to Multilevel Modeling (3) 
EDMS 657 Exploratory Latent and Composite Variable Methods (3) 
EDMS 722 Structural Modeling (3)
EDMS 724 Modern Measurement Theory (3) 
EDMS 779 Mathematical Foundations and Simulation Techniques (3) 
EDMS 787 Bayesian Inference and Analysis (3) 
EDMS 899 Doctoral Dissertation Research (12)

In addition, at least 21 credits of elective courses must be selected in consultation with the student's advisor. A minimum of 30 credit hours (including EDMS 899) must be taken following admission.

In addition to courses, students must complete a doctoral preliminary examination and a doctoral comprehensive examination and are expected to participate in research and publication. A faculty advisor may require courses beyond those specified in this document. The QMMS Program does not offer the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree.

The many and varied professional interests of faculty members provide opportunities for presentations of research reports by students as well as faculty. Recent presentations by students have dealt with a variety of original research topics, in such areas as applied statistics, modeling of traits, test construction, test evaluation, and survey research.

If the above program interests you, contact one of the QMMS faculty members or:

Please contact, Gregory Hancock Or Ji Seung Yang at

Admissions Deadlines

September 27, 2024 (Spring 2025 Domestic/International)
December 3, 2024 (Fall 2025 Domestic/International)

Academic deadlines are provided by the Office of the Registrar for the academic year.  

Students should check with their Department or Program for any deadlines it may have.  Please contact:

Jannitta Graham, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Human Development and Quantitative Methodology
(301) 405-8432

Gregory R. Hancock, Professor and Program Director
UM Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
1230D Benjamin Building
(301) 405-3621 |

Jeffrey Harring, Professor
1230E Benjamin Building
(301) 405-3630 |

Hong Jiao, Professor
1230C Benjamin Building
(301) 405-3627 |

Yang Liu, Associate Professor
1230B Benjamin Building
(301) 314-1126 |

Laura Stapleton, Professor and HDQM Chair
1230A Benjamin Building
(301) 405-1933 |

Peter Steiner, Professor
1233 Benjamin Building
(301) 405-6396 |

Tracy Sweet, Associate Professor
1229 Benjamin Building
(301) 405-3623 |

Ji Seung Yang, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
1225 Benjamin Building
(301) 405-6073 |

Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements.   The Graduate Catalog  is the official listing of Policies governing graduate education at the University of Maryland.  The schedule adjustment policy is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides information on adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules.


The Graduate Student Life Handbook provides information on academics, campus resources, finances, health, job opportunities, and information on how to get involved as a graduate student. 

QMMS Graduate Student Handbook 2023


Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process. To determine the steps and forms that are required, visit the following link "Graduate Studies forms"


The goal of mentoring in the Quantitative Methodology: Measurement and Statistics (QMMS) PhD program is to help students develop and achieve their academic and professional goals. An effective mentorship relationship places expectations on both the mentor and the mentee to fulfill their roles in this partnership. Those expectations for mentors and mentees are outlined in the document, Mentoring Expectations for PhD Students and Advisors - QMMS Program.

Mentoring Expectations for PhD Students and Advisors - QMMS Program