Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation requires 60 credit hours.

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Degree Program Requirements

Required: 60 credit hours

Required Core Courses (18 credits) 1
ERM 700Validity and Validation 3
ERM 741Evaluation of Educational Programs 3
ERM 749Foundations of Qualitative Research Methods 3
ERM 767Foundations of Educational Measurement Theory 3
ERM 768Survey Research Methods in Education 3
ERM 781Design and Analysis of Educational Experiments 3
Additional Required Core (12 credits)
Select 12 credits in one of the following concentrations:12
Measurement and Quantitative Methods Concentration
Program Evaluation Concentration
Electives (18 credits)
Select 18 credits in elective courses at the 600 level or higher 218
Dissertation (12 credits)
ERM 799Dissertation 312
Total Credit Hours60

In cases where students have previously satisfied these requirements, course substitutions must be made pending agreement of the major advisor.


Electives may come from any ERM courses not included in the required core or from non-ERM courses with the approval of the major advisor. At least 9 credits must be ERM courses.


Research that culminates in the preparation of a required doctoral dissertation.

Comprehensive Examination

The student will successfully complete a written comprehensive examination to be arranged by the doctoral advisor, usually in the semester in which course work is completed.

Measurement and Quantitative Methods Concentration

Required Courses (12 credits)
ERM 733Second Language Assessment and Testing3
ERM 769Item Response Theory 3
ERM 782Multivariate Analysis3
ERM 785R for Education and the Social Sciences 3
Total Credit Hours12

Program Evaluation Concentration

Required Courses (12 credits)
ERM 720Evaluation and Public Policy 3
ERM 743Advanced Theory in Program Evaluation3
ERM 745Culturally Responsive Approaches to Research and Evaluation 3
ERM 752Applied Educational Evaluation 3
Total Credit Hours12