This Ph.D. program prepares students for upper-level positions in the fields of educational measurement, evaluation, and statistical methods.

Students in the Educational Measurement and Statistics doctoral program must successfully complete 90 semester hours of approved study beyond the bachelor’s degree and a comprehensive examination (this includes relevant courses at the master’s level). All students are expected to develop familiarity with computer programming techniques and equipment. Additionally, candidates who enter the program without having completed a Master of Arts thesis must complete a substitute project before they take the comprehensive examinations.

Application Deadlines

  • December 1 (Fall semester)
  • October 1 (Spring semester)
  • March 1 (Summer session)

Applications completed after these deadlines will be reviewed; however, for fullest consideration, all application materials should be submitted before the deadlines. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the following Monday is considered the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

Applicants typically are expected to meet the following admission criteria:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale.
  • Graduate GPA or 3.00 or better on a four-point scale.
  • Preferred Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of 300 or higher. Normally if the applicant's GRE composite score of verbal and quantitative tests is less than 300, the applicant will not be accepted. However, if there is offsetting evidence of superior ability, admission may be granted on a conditional basis.
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)
  • Training in college mathematics through differential and integral calculus or the equivalent.
  • One year of professional experience in teaching, research, or related fields is highly desirable.
  • Master's degree before being admitted to the Ph.D. program.

Application Procedure

  1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
  2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
  4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
  • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.


Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services   319/335-5260,

We look forward to receiving your application!

Additional Information

  • Students who want to transfer to Educational Measurement and Statistics from another program within The University of Iowa must submit a statement that explains why they want to change programs and why they think the Educational Measurement and Statistics program will help them accomplish their educational and vocational goals.

Common Courses

During the first year of graduate study, the student and the advisor jointly plan the student’s program of study. The program will include those courses that are deemed appropriate to the student’s interests and vocational objectives.

The typical program will involve advanced work listed as below.

Applied Statistics

Course #  Title Hours
PSQF:6243 Intermediate Statistical Methods 4
PSQF:6244 Correlation and Regression 4
PSQF:6246 Design of Experiments 4
PSQF:6247 Nonparametric Statistical Methods 3
PSQF:6249 Factor Analysis and StructuralEquation Models 3
PSQF:6252 Introduction to MultivariateStatistical Methods 3
PSQF:7375 Topics in Educational Measurement and Statistics 1-3

Educational Measurement

Course #  Title Hours
PSQF:6255 Construction and Use of Evaluation Instruments 3
PSQF:6257 Educational Measurement and Evaluation 3
PSQF:6258 Theory and Technique in Educational Measurement 3
PSQF:6259 Scaling Methods 3
PSQF:6262 Item Response Theory 3
PSQF:7355 Seminar in Educational Measurement and Evaluation 1-3
PSQF:7358 Equating and Scaling of Educational Tests 3
PSQF:7455 Generalizability Theory 3

Educational Psychology, Evaluation, and Research Methodology

Course #  Title Hours
PSQF:6200 Educational Psychology 3
PSQF:6220 Quantitative Educational Research Methodologies 3
PSQF:6265 Program Evaluation 3
PSQF:7331 Seminar in Educational Psychology ICurrent Topics: Qualitative Educational Research Methods 4


Course #  Title Hours
PSQF:7493 Ph.D. Thesis 12

Elective/Collateral Areas

Course work outside the major will be determined according to the student’s interests and goals. Work outside the Program and in other departments of the University is encouraged.

Students who wish to pursue the concentration in educational measurement and statistics with the intention of teaching at the college level are advised to take courses in the mathematical theory of statistics. Students who wish to pursue the concentration in educational measurement and evaluation are advised to take additional courses in educational psychology and educational evaluation.

Typical Collateral Areas Example

1. Educational Measurement and Statistics Concentration (Mathematical Statistics) 

Course #  Title Hours
STAT:4520 Bayesian Statistics (see also PSQF:4520)  3
STAT:4100 Mathematical Statistics I 3
STAT:4101 Mathematical Statistics II 3

2. Educational Measurement and Evaluation Concentration (Educational Psychology and Evaluation) 

Course #  Title Hours
PSQF:5106 Child Development 3
PSQF:6206 Advanced Child Development 3
PSQF:7350 Seminar in Evaluation 2-3
PSQF:7450 Practicum in Program Evaluation 1-3

3. *Educational Policy and Leadership Studies—Schools, Culture, and Society; Higher Education and Student Affairs

Course #  Title Hours
EPLS:6265 Standards-Based Education and Accountability 3
EPLS:6228 Policy Design and Implementation 3
EPLS:6225 Introduction to Public Policymaking 3

*Get more info and see more courses choices on EPLS

Suggested Collateral Areas 

  • EDTL Teaching and Learning—Elementary Education, Secondary Education 
  • STAT Statistics (Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science)

Comprehensive Examination

Comprehensive examinations must be successfully completed before the opening of the term in which the candidate expects to receive his or her degree. There are two ways of fulfilling this requirement.

Regular Procedure

  • Each student must successfully pass a nine-hour comprehensive examination that is divided into three-hour blocks as follows. Each examination area will typically be one in which the candidate has at least nine semester hours of course work or equivalent practical experience.
    • Educational Measurement - 3 hours
    • Applied Statisics - 3 hours
    • Collateral Area - 3 hours
  • The written examinations are followed by a meeting of the candidate with the examining committee. At this meeting, committee members may seek further evidence of the candidate’s command of the field; they may ask questions on matters related to the written examinations; or they may examine the candidate’s readiness to complete the remainder of the program.
  • A single decision is rendered on all aspects of the comprehensive exams.

Alternative Procedure

  • The student will complete two of the three comprehensive examinations.
  • In lieu of one of the three-hour written examinations noted in the regular procedure, the student may be assigned a project that is approved by his or her committee in advance.
  • The project will be one that involves the comprehensive use of analytical, evaluative skills, or research creativity. It will demand the command of skills that are equivalent in sophistication to those that are demonstrated on a written examination.
  • The project will be completed before meeting with the committee and must result in a product or document that is available to committee members for their evaluation.
Employment Opportunities
  • Colleges and universities
  • State and federal agencies
  • Large public and private school systems
  • Test publishing firms
  • Research and evaluation centers
Application Deadlines
  • December 1 (Fall semester)
  • October 1 (Spring semester)
  • March 1 (Summer session)

Applications completed after these deadlines will be reviewed; however, for fullest consideration, all application materials should be submitted before the deadlines.

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