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? Or maybe it’s time to add qualitative research to your expertise? Our Ph.D. program is for you.

In addition to course work in Research Methods & Statistics, you can specialize in:

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

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.


Department Chair
Dr. Duan Zhang
303-871-3373, KRH 232

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

Admissions Contact
Rachel Riley
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