Graduate Programs

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Educational Statistics and Research Methods: Ph.D.


The Ph.D. in educational statistics and research methods (ESRM) prepares students interested in statistics, psychometrics, education measurement, assessment and evaluation to develop, critically evaluate, and properly use sophisticated quantitative and mixed methodologies to solve important problems in education. Students in the program design and conduct research either on advancing research methodologies or on applying advanced methods to education issues. Doctoral students also present research at conferences, collaborate with faculty on peer-reviewed publications, engage in the work of interdisciplinary research centers through graduate assistantships and learn in an environment with small class sizes and supportive faculty. Our graduates accept tenure-track or research faculty positions in research universities as well as research positions in state departments of education, school districts and other research organizations. The Ph.D. in ESRM is a STEM-designated degree program.



Application Deadlines


December 1: Final deadline to apply

UD Tuition

The 2023-2024 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1028.

All or nearly all doctoral students receive a stipend and full tuition scholarship.