Ph.D. in Research Methods and Statistics

The RMS PhD. embraces a holistic and comprehensive view of quantitative and qualitative research methods and the importance of mixed methods designs. Foundations include quantitative and qualitative research, measurement, statistics, mixed methods, and program evaluation. Research methods include classical quantitative methods as well as qualitative approaches. Students can elect to emphasize evaluation or a content area within or outside of education as a minor. All students conduct original research during their studies and are encouraged to present and/or publish their work. Practicum experiences also are encouraged in diverse sites, including school systems, educational research agencies, mental health agencies, and businesses.

Areas of Specialization

Institutional Research (IR)

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.

Qualitative Research (QR)

This versatile concentration is for any professional that recognizes today’s need for high-level qualitative research. From theory and design to implementation and evaluation, skills acquired can be used in non-profit, government, healthcare, education and marketing fields.

In addition to foundational coursework, you will take qualitative courses in:

  • Ethnographic Methods
  • Arts Based Research
  • Critical Methods Studying Culture
  • Community Based Research

Learning Outcomes

The program learning outcomes for the Ph.D. in Research Methods and Statistics are as follows:

  • Students will be able to apply statistical techniques to model, think critically and design their own studies.
  • Students will create and evaluate quantitative and qualitative instruments/protocols using psychometric models and conceptual approaches.
  • Students will communicate research design and methods with clarity both orally and in writing according to APA format.
  • Students will be able to explain both quantitative and qualitative approaches and integrate design, analysis and interpretation.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism by employing research ethics and adhering to an ethical code of conduct when engaging with professional and local communities.

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.