The Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation 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

November 5, 2021 (Spring domestic) (preferred)**
January 7, 2022 (Spring domestic) (final)

November 5, 2021 (Fall domestic) (preferred)**
January 14, 2022 (Fall domestic) (final)

October 1, 2021 (Spring international) (preferred)**
September 30, 2021 (Spring international) (final)

October 1, 2021 (Fall international) (preferred)**
December 17, 2021 (Fall international) (final)

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

Fifth Year Bachelor's/Master's Program

The Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation 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
Requirements
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Statement of Purpose
Transcript(s)*
TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)
Program-Specific
Requirements:
Letters of Recommendation (3)
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

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.

Please note: EDHD requires all applicants to submit official transcripts (hard copies) to: University of Maryland, College Park, Enrollment Services Operation/Graduate Admissions, Room 0130 Mitchell Building, College Park, MD 20742.

Students are required to submit all required documents before submitting their application: CV and Purpose Statement, (3) recommendation letters, transcripts, GRE scores and TOEFL/IELTS/PTE for international graduate students. Due to COVID-19, the Educational Testing Service is temporarily offering the GRE General Test online.

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 the Office of Student Services, ed-advising@umd.edu, 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 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 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. Jeffrey R. Harring, Program Director
Benjamin Building, Room 1230E
University of Maryland 
College Park, MD 20742-1115
Phone: (301) 405-3630
Fax: (301) 314-9245
harring@umd.edu

Admissions Deadlines

November 5, 2021 (Spring domestic) (preferred)**
January 7, 2022 (Spring domestic) (final)

November 5, 2021 (Fall domestic) (preferred)**
January 14, 2022 (Fall domestic) (final)

October 1, 2021 (Spring international) (preferred)**
November 12, 2021 (Spring international) (final)

October 1, 2021 (Fall international) (preferred)**
December 17, 2021 (Fall international) (final)

** 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
UM Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
1230D Benjamin Building
(301) 405-3621 | ghancock@umd.edu

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

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

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

Laura Stapleton, Professor and Interim Dean of College of Education
1230A Benjamin Building
(301) 405-1933 | lstaplet@umd.edu

Peter Steiner, Associate 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, Associate Professor
1225 Benjamin Building
(301) 405-6073 | jsyang@umd.edu

POLICY
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.

HANDBOOKS
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.  


FORMS
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