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Quantitative Methodology: Measurement and Statistics, Master of Science (M.S.)

The Quantitative Methodology: Measurement and Statistics M.S. 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.

Admissions Deadlines

September 29, 2023 (Spring 2024 International, Domestic) 

December 1, 2023 (Fall 2024 International, Domestic) 

** For consideration of funding, please submit your application by the Fall preferred deadline.

Fifth Year Bachelor's/Master's Program

The Quantitative Methodology: Measurement and Statistics program offers a 5th Year M.S. program for undergraduates interested in quantitative methods. This allows highly motivated undergraduates the chance to develop their skills in quantitative methods and complete both the bachelor's and master's degrees in approximately 5 years. This degree prepares one for careers that include statistical data analysis, developing survey and testing instruments, designing research studies, performing quantitative analysis, evaluating educational programs, psychometric analysis of assessment results, conducting marketing studies, and conducting surveys.

Almost any undergraduate major would be appropriate for this program, including psychology, sociology, mathematics, statistics, computer science, communications, business, and economics, and even English and history. The critical quality that a student needs to bring to the department is high quantitative ability. This is a profession that trains at the graduate level, and the specific undergraduate major is not a critical factor. Fields involving the application of modern quantitative research techniques provide an outlet for those trained in this program.

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

Letters of Recommendation (3)
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Writing Sample (1)

The Graduate School Application portal, gradapply.umd.edu, 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.

Note: Official transcripts are not required unless admitted and enrolled, in which, the official transcripts would then be required by the end of the first semester of enrollment to the Graduate School.

Students are required to submit all required documents before submitting their application: CV/Resume, Statement of Purpose, Writing Sample (required for M.S. and Ph.D., not required for M.Ed.) (3) recommendation letters, 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: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/at_home 

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 jsyang@umd.edu 

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 jgraham7@umd.edu

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 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 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.

Please contact, Gregory Hancock ghancock@umd.edu Or Ji Seung Yang at jsyang@umd.edu 

Admissions Deadlines

 September 29, 2023 (Spring 2024 domestic) 

December 1, 2023 (Fall 2024 domestic) 

September 29, 2023 (Spring 2024 international) 

December 1, 2023 (Fall 2024 international) 

** For consideration of funding, please submit your application by the Fall preferred deadline.

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 | ghancock@umd.edu

Jeffrey Harring, Professor
1230E Benjamin Building
(301) 405-3630 | harring@umd.edu

Hong Jiao, Professor
1230C Benjamin Building
(301) 405-3627 | hjiao@umd.edu

Yang Liu, Associate Professor
1230B Benjamin Building
(301) 314-1126 | yliu87@umd.edu

Laura Stapleton, Professor and HDQM Chair
1230A Benjamin Building
(301) 405-1933 | lstaplet@umd.edu

Peter Steiner, Professor
1233 Benjamin Building
(301) 405-6396 | psteiner@umd.edu

Tracy Sweet, Associate Professor
1229 Benjamin Building
(301) 405-3623 | tsweet@umd.edu

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

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

Graduate Studies Forms