The Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation M.A. program is designed to provide balanced intermediate level graduate training in quantitative methods for students preparing for a variety of positions in government, educational institutions, and private industry. Proximity to Washington, D.C., provides opportunities for students to engage in a variety of academic and professional experiences.

Graduate Admission Requirements

Select an area of interest from the various offerings in the College of Education to determine the admission requirements and deadlines. 

Guide to Applying - Graduate Admission

International Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

For 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                  

After you apply for graduate admission you may check your application status by logging into the online graduate application using your user name and password.  Graduate faculty in the Academic Department you applied to will review your completed application for graduate admission.  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 the Office of Student Services,, or (301) 405-2364.

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) 405-8432 or

The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours in courses acceptable for credit toward a graduate degree. At least 18 must be selected from courses numbered 600 or above, combining content from statistics, measurement, evaluation, and related fields outside of the Department (a maximum of 6 outside hours).

Courses within the program are selected from offerings of Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation 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 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 724 Modern Measurement Theory (3)

Additional elective coursework completes the 30 credit hours. A written comprehensive examination based on the first four courses of the core (646, 651, 623, 647) is required. The Graduate School allows transfer of up to six credits of appropriate prior graduate work. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available in the Master of Arts program. All coursework applied toward completion of the degree must be completed in a five year period. The Department does not offer the Master of Education degree.

Dr. Gregory R. Hancock, Program Director

EDMS, Benjamin Building, Room 1230D
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-1115
Phone: (301) 405-3621 Fax: (301) 314-9245

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

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

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

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

Ji Seung Yang, Assistant Professor
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. 

Human Development Master's Degree Handbook


Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process

Graduate Studies Forms