Master of Arts in Research Methodology

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Gain the skills to pursue and produce knowledge with our Master of Arts (MA) in Research Methodology.

The master’s degree is a program of studies for students who wish to explore the field of research methodology. It also allows for the possibility of continued study toward the doctorate. All students in the master’s program are expected to develop methodological competencies defined by the curriculum of the master’s program. Students successfully completing the degree are capable of participating in research of an applied nature, developing and validating assessments, analyzing test data, translating research findings for application to educational settings, and assisting professional educators with analyses and interpretations of data.

Program Facts

Degree Type

Master of Arts in Research Methodology

Enrollment Term

Fall, Spring, or Summer

Format

In-Person

Credits

39

Application Deadline

Rolling admissions

Admissions Requirements

GRE exam not required

Duration

2 years (Full-time)
3-4 years (Part-time)

Time Commitment

Full-Time or Part-Time

Program Overview

Degree Requirements

  • Coursework
  • 3 credits of supervised research and 3 credits of a master’s paper OR 6 credits of a master’s thesis
  • 3 master comprehensive exams: MeasurementResearch Design, and Statistics

Curriculum

Coursework and supervised research projects provide students with applied quantitative methods training. The master’s curriculum emphasizes competencies in measurement, research design, statistics, and data analysis. These include an understanding of (a) the theory and application of test and instrument construction and evaluation, (b) the strengths and weaknesses of various research designs, and (c) statistical procedures used for data analysis. Students will be capable of participating in research of an applied nature, developing and validating instruments and assessments, analyzing data and communicating results, and translating research findings for application to educational and other settings.

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April 1, 2024 | Noon-1 PM

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Career Pathways

Graduates are prepared for applied research positions in:

  • Universities
  • Research centers
  • Testing agencies
  • School systems
  • Ministries of education
  • Other government agencies and industry