This 32- semester-hour Educational Measurement and Statistics program offers both thesis and non-thesis options. Both options are intended for students seeking positions that call for competence in educational measurement and research methodology; however, the thesis option is intended for students who plan to take advanced work in statistical methods or educational measurement at the Ph.D. level.

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.
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)
  • 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 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.
  • At least one course in college mathematics is highly desirable.
  • Experience as a teacher or a researcher is also highly desirable.

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

  • Copies of official transcripts of all previous college work, graduate and undergraduate.
  • Official report of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (UI Institutional code: 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.

Contact

Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services, 319-335-5260, sue-cline@uiowa.edu.

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.

Required Courses (29 s.h.)

Many incoming students will have previously taken courses that are equivalent to PSQF:4143, PSQF:4150 or PSQF:6200. Equivalent courses may take the place of the required courses, subject to the approval of a student’s academic advisor. Unless students have previously taken a course that is judged by the faculty of educational measurement and statistics to be equivalent, students will take all the other courses listed. 

Course #  Title Hours
PSQF:4143 Introduction to Statistical Methods (or equivalent) 3
PSQF:4150 Introduction to Educational Measurement (or equivalent) 3
PSQF:5165 Introduction to Program and Project Evaluation 3
PSQF:6200 Educational Psychology (or equivalent) 3
PSQF:6220 Quantitative  Educational Research Methodologies 3
PSQF:6243 Intermediate Statistical Methods 4
PSQF:6244 Correlation and Regression 4
PSQF:6246 Design of Experiments 4
PSQF:6250 Computer Packages for Statistical Analysis 3
PSQF:6255 Construction and Use of Evaluation Instruments 3
PSQF:6257 Educational Measurement and Evaluation 3

*Students are required to take either PSQF:6244 or PSQF:6246.

Electives and/or Thesis

Students who choose to complete a non thesis MA degree will take electives. Recommended areas from which electives may be chosen include education, educational psychology, educational measurement, program evaluation, statistical methods, computer programming/data processing, and mathematical statistics.  

In addition to electives, students who choose the MA with thesis will take two to four semester hours (2-4 s.h.) of thesis credit. The topic must be in the field of educational measurement, evaluation, or statistical methods and is chosen by the student in consultation with his or her advisor.

Comprehensive Examination

Option A:

Students typically take a 6-hour comprehensive examination in the following two areas:  

  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation (3 hours) – PSQF:6255, PSQF:6257, and one of the following: PSQF:4150 or PSQF:5165
  • Educational Statistics and Research Design (3 hours) – PSQF:4143, PSQF:6243, and one of the following: PSQF:6220, PSQF:6244, or PSQF:6246.

Option B:

With the approval of the MA committee, a student may take the comprehensive examination in three areas.  

  • Educational Measurement  (2 hours) –PSQF:6255, PSQF:6257
  • Educational Statistics  (2 hours) – PSQF:4143, PSQF:6243
  • Third area  (2 hours). A third area of the student’s choosing with consent of the student’s academic advisor. Examples of this third area include, but are not limited to  (a) PSQF:6220 and PSQF:6165 (b) PSQF:4150 and PSQF:6165
Employment Opportunities
  • School districts
  • State departments of education
  • Test organizations
  • Research 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. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the following Monday is considered the deadline date.

Application Questions

Sue Cline
Office of Student Services
319-335-5260
sue-cline@uiowa.edu.