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Measurement and Quantitative Methods

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The doctoral program in Measurement and Quantitative Methods (MQM) at Michigan State University offers a path for students wishing to specialize in analysis, methodology, development and research.

Working with esteemed faculty, Ph.D. students will have the opportunity to delve into educational and psychological test development or quantitative methodology as applied to problems in education and social science research.


While completing MQM coursework and research, students can also work with other programs and scholars across the College of Education, or across campus in Psychology, Sociology, Epidemiology, Economics, or Statistics and Probability.

Research specializations


Build knowledge in large-scale assessment, instrument development, survey administration and more. Add to your degree and expertise with courses supporting your research goals in math education, psychology, economics and beyond.


Explore statistical and econometric methods to examine issues related to educational research. Students will be trained in the quantitative basis for causal inference and educational evaluation that informs policy.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty members are internationally known for their ground-breaking work on educational measurement and research methods. Their research has been funded by major agencies and foundations and published in top-tier journals.

Funding opportunities

Students in the MQM program can hold a variety of positions within the College of Education and in other programs at the university, including as graduate assistants and participating in fellowships.

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The doctoral program of Measurement and Quantitative Methods has provided enormous intellectual support to my professional growth … It has been a very rewarding experience for me.


Ph.D. ’11


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, MI 48824-1034
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