MS/PhD in Psychometrics

Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2017 Admission:  February 1, 2017
Final Application Deadline for Fall 2017 Admission:  March 15, 2017
Please visit the School of Graduate Studies for more information on the application process.

M.S. in Psychometrics

The Master's of Science in Psychometrics is designed to provide training for individuals within the educational, psychological, and mathematics communities (e.g. teachers, administrators, staff members, and policy makers) to assist them in effectively addressing issues related to the implementation of testing, assessment, and evaluations. One of the cornerstones of the program is training and preparing students in statistics and data analyses. Psychological themes involving learning, cognitive development, resilience and student achievement gaps, literacy, school violence and prevention, are also considered.Candidates for the M.S. degree in Psychometrics must complete a minimum of thirth (30) credit hours and submit an acceptably written thesis.

Program Requirements

M.S. (36 credit hours)3 credit hours in Core Foundational Psychology Courses12 credit hours in Measurement, Research and Evaluation9 credit hours in Applied Statistics3 credit hours in Higher Education3 credit hours Internship3 credit hours for Thesis/Research Report Seminar3 credit hours for Thesis/Research Report Guidance (currently included in total).

PhD in Psychometrics

The main objective of the Ph.D. program in Psychometrics is to develop scholars who possess sophisticated statistical and analytical capabilities and acquire the quantitative and methodological skills (e.g., measurement theory, statistical analysis, research design, evaluation, and qualitative tools) needed to construct valid measurements and assessments of what and how individuals learn. A secondary objective for the program is to develop a new cadre of researchers and practitioners who have the analytical skills and cultural competence to effectively yield innovative interventions that address issues within the field, as well as inform policies that influence minority or special populations (e.g., African Americans) and those within urban environments.  Scientific research serves as the primary vehicle to advance theories explaining how people learn, teach, and differ from one another. Students will be prepared to conduct and apply research concerned with the discovery and validation of psychological processes and principles with the potential to optimize human development and learning, and to improve the methodological techniques that are employed in this process.Students in Psychometrics will be instructed in a coherent and coordinated program of statistics, psychological testing, educational assessment, program evaluation and other applied research techniques. Students in the program will be equipped to be culturally competent with regard to the needs of those within the urban environment. The program will afford students the opportunity to demonstrate competencies in the quantitative, research-oriented commonalities relevant to disciplines within the behavioral and social sciences and education, as well as their applications in teaching and instruction, industry and business, and health.

Program Requirements

Ph.D. (30 credit hours beyond M.S. degree);  in addition 6 credit hours of Dissertation Seminar is requiredComplete requirements for M.S.3 credit hours in Core Foundational Psychology9 or 12  credit hours in Applied Statistics9 or 12 credit hours in Measurement, Research and Evaluation3 credit hours in Measurement Policy3 credit hours in Higher Education3 credit hours for Internship (only if an internship was not completed for M.S. degree)6 credit hours for Dissertation Seminar

    • credit hours for Dissertation Guidance (not included in totals)

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all of their course work at the end of each academic semester. Students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination may be repeated only once. Upon completion of required course work and the comprehensive examination, students must register for the six-credit Dissertation Seminar - PSYC 998. Thereafter, until the dissertation is completed, students must be in residence by registering each semester for three hours of Dissertation Guidance -- PSYC 997. The dissertation must involve significant, original research, using primary resources and representing a contribution to the field of Psychometrics. Candidates must be enrolled at the time of the oral defense. (See graduate school Dissertation and Thesis Handbook for guidelines on writing the dissertation.)

Students are required to complete the degree within seven years from entering the program.  

Carrol S. Perrino Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Co-Director of Psychometrics Program
412 Jenkins Building
1700 E Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251