Research Methods and Statistics
Whether your professional background is in education, psychology, marketing or a variety of other disciplines, you'll find the opportunity to develop analytical skills through the Morgridge College of Education's MA in research methods and statistics. You'll explore a variety of statistical analysis methods and participate in and design your own research studies. Our program integrates educational, social, behavioral and health research using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. This approach gives you exposure to an array of methodologies and the opportunity to learn strategies to create both quantitative measures and qualitative protocols.
This degree has strong action-based elements, meaning you'll be able to work with faculty researchers and community partners on a variety of real-world projects. The goal of the program is to produce individuals capable of using a deep understanding of data analysis to promote social justice and the public good. Not only can this degree leave you well-equipped to work for a school district, but the skills you'll develop can also be of immense utility in corporate and nonprofit contexts, both educational and otherwise.
Our Master of Arts (M.A.) program helps you develop cutting edge research skills—and turn them into tools for social change. Whether you want to advance your career as part of a school system, nonprofit or corporation, you will learn how to use data to become a leader and trusted decision-maker for your organization.
Our foundational coursework covers quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. You will:
- Explore various statistical analysis methods
- Create quantitative measures and qualitative protocol
- Participate in research studies
- Design your own research studies in a variety of fields
Our faculty are experts in the field. They will show you how to conduct and apply high-quality research to help build a more sustainable, democratic, and just world.
The program learning outcomes for the Master of Arts in Research Methods and Statistics are as follows:
- Students will design research projects with faculty members and community partners using knowledge of the strengths and limitations of diverse modes of inquiry.
- Students will create and evaluate quantitative and/or qualitative instruments/protocols.
- Students will communicate research design and methods in writing according to APA format and orally.
- Students will apply research ethics and adhere to an ethical code of conduct when engaging with professional and local communities.
Admission to our MA program requires a bachelor’s degree.
You will need to complete 45-quarter credit hours. Other requirements include:
- A comprehensive exam or thesis
- An evaluation practicum