University of Wisconsin–Madison

Quantitative Methods Key Features and Objectives


Educational research has a strong tradition of employing state-of-the-art statistical and psychometric (psychological measurement) techniques. Because of this tradition, Quantitative Methods has long been an area of specialization within Educational Psychology.

The graduate program emphasizes the following four objectives:

  • To develop a strong foundation in mathematics and statistical theory as the basis for growth over a professional career.
  • To develop a high level of expertise in the application of statistics or psychometrics to educational research.
  • To develop the ability to serve as a consultant to educational researchers, and to employ the appropriate quantitative methods in a wide variety of contexts.
  • To develop the capability of conducting and publishing high-quality methodological research.