College of Education and Human Development

Department of Educational Psychology

Quantitative methods in education

Solve problems in education through research

Students in Quantitative Methods in Education engage in the science and practice of educational measurement and statistics, primarily through the development and application of statistical and psychometric methods. All QME students will engage in coursework addressing fundamental topics related to statistics, educational measurement, research methods, and foundations in education (e.g., learning and cognition, social development). Students will also undertake additional coursework and complete a set of milestones that will specialize their knowledge and scholarship in educational measurement or statistics. Upon matriculation, graduates will be equipped to help inform educational policy, practice, and curriculum and—most importantly—help schools and students succeed.


  • Test publishing firms
  • Teaching and research at colleges and universities (PhD only)
  • Research and evaluation centers
  • Public school systems
  • State departments of instruction
  • Private industry

Quote from V.N. Vimal Rao, PhD '23

V.N. Vimal Rao

The strong theoretical and methodological foundation I developed in QME and EPSY supports my research and my mentoring of student researchers, while the teaching experience and knowledge of educational psychology I gained supports my teaching and mentoring of teaching assistants.

V.N. Vimal Rao, PhD '23 Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Learn more

    Submit your application for the fall semester following the deadlines below. Note the dates are the same for both MA and PhD applicants.

    December 1

    To be considered for fellowships and departmental financial assistance, application materials must be submitted to the program and the Graduate School by the December 1 deadline. (If you are requesting a waiver for the application fee, the last day to apply is 11/17/24.)

    March 1

    If you're not seeking a fellowship or departmental financial aid, you have until March 1 to submit your application materials. (If you are requesting a waiver for the application fee, the last day to apply is 2/15/25.)

    The QME program strives to provide funding opportunities to all incoming students. While we can’t typically guarantee funding, over the last five years, we have been able to fund over 95% of our students that were looking for funding (including our MA students)!


    Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.

    Fellowships and awards

    Submit your application materials by the December 1 deadline, and you’ll automatically be considered for Graduate School fellowships and departmental awards based on scholastic achievement. Notification of awards will be sent in March.

    Note: Spring, summer, and fall (March deadline) applicants will not qualify for fellowships.

    Graduate assistantships

    Get paid to work as a teaching assistant, graduate instructor or research assistant. Graduate assistantships are available through the department, College of Education and Human Development, and the University.

    Note: Applicants who complete their applications by the March 1 deadline will be less likely to receive graduate assistantships than students who meet the December 1 deadline.

    Additional funding

    Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for more information on funding.

    Financial aid

    Visit OneStop Student Services for more information on available financial aid.

    The Department of Educational Psychology offers a minor in educational psychology with an emphasis in quantitative methods in education.

    Quote from Rik Lamm, PhD '23

    Rik Lamm

    My background in the QME program has equipped me with the skills necessary for my current role as a Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Scientist for Bloomington Public Schools. These include developing non-cognitive surveys such as student climate surveys and parent engagement surveys, as well as analyzing data from academic assessments such as the MCAs. Additionally, QME has equipped me with the skills to interpret complex data in order to predict longitudinal trends. This ability leads to the development of research-driven strategies that benefit both students and teachers.

    Rik Lamm, PhD '23 Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Scientist Bloomington Public Schools

    Faculty and staff

    Haoran Li

    Assistant Professor

    Nana Kim

    Assistant professor

    Nidhi Kohli

    Royal and Virginia Anderson Professor of Quantitative Methods in Education; Program Coordinator

    Chelsey Legacy

    Teaching assistant professor

    Suzanne Loch

    Senior teaching specialist

    Michael Rodriguez

    CEHD Dean; Campbell Leadership Chair in Education and Human Development; co-founding director of Educational Equity Resource Center

    Andrew Zieffler

    Teaching professor

    Adjunct faculty and program affiliates

    Adjunct faculty

    Claudio Violato

    Assistant dean, Medical School

    Program affiliates

    Adam Rothman

    Associate professor, School of Statistics

    Quote from José Palma, PhD '21

    José Palma

    It is the combination of psychometric research and applied focus, in addition to knowledge gained from my academic journey, that makes me a competitive and atypical educational measurement researcher today.

    José Palma, PhD '21 ACES Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor Texas A&M University


    QME recognizes students in year end celebration

    Students in the Department of Educational Psychology’s quantitative methods in education (QME) program were recognized for their contributions to the program during the 2022-23 academic year.