Ph.D. in Research Methods and Statistics

Interested in working as a professor and/or researcher in academia? Want to design, conduct, and analyze research studies that make an impact on our world? Our Ph.D. program is for you.

You can specialize in one of two areas:

Applied Statistics

Choose this specialization if you are a professional pursing career goals in academic or applied research settings. You will gain deep knowledge in many facets of advanced research methods and statistics, such as:

  • Hierarchical linear modeling
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Latent growth curve modeling
  • Rasch modeling
  • Propensity score analysis

Institutional Research

This high-demand concentration is for professionals who want to conduct institutional research in applied settings. You will develop strong quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research skills, which you can apply in higher education, K–12 schools, nonprofits, athletics, government settings, and business.

You will choose your area of focus: higher education, business analytics, or library information science. Along with our foundational coursework, you will take institutional research content knowledge courses in management, business intelligence, and public policy.

Program Requirements

You’ll need to complete 90-quarter credit hours. Other requirements include a:

  • Research practicum
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation

Admission to our Ph.D. program requires an MA degree.


Department Chair
Dr. Nick Cutforth
303-871-2477, KRH 231

Academic Services Associate
Karen LeVelle
303-871-3791, KRH 258

Admissions Contact
303-871-2509, KRH 110
Office Hours: By appointment only

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