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Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics

In the Department of Human Development

Degrees > Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Measurement and Evaluation

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Measurement and Evaluation

The Ph.D. Program in Measurement and Evaluation is designed to prepare graduates for careers in a wide range of educational settings. Graduates acquire specialized knowledge and skills in test theory, test and instrument development and validation, program evaluation, and quantitative analysis of educational and psychological data.

Some graduates pursue careers as college professors teaching measurement, evaluation, and statistics.  Some are employed in city and state departments of education in the planning and supervision of testing programs and research and evaluation projects.  Others work for test publishers, licensure and certification boards, and government agencies in the construction of tests or in the management of large-scale testing programs.  Still others work in applied measurement, evaluation, research design, and statistics in a variety of social science, health care, business and industrial settings.

The Ph.D. is appropriate for individuals with strong quantitative and technical skills who wish to focus on theoretical issues in measurement and evaluation, or who have a strong background in a substantive are of psychology in which they wish to further the development and application of measurement techniques.

Program Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy – 75 points

Measurement and Evaluation Core (21 points):
  • HUDM 5059 Psychological measurement (3)
  • HUDM 5124 Multidimensional scaling and clustering (3)
  • HUDM 5250 Research practicum in measurement and evaluation (0-4)
  • HUDM 6030 Multilevel and longitudinal data analysis (3)
  • HUDM 6051-6052 Psychometric theory I and II (3 each)
  • HUDM 6055 Latent structure analysis (3)
And at least 3 points selected from the following:
  • HUDM 5058 Choice and decision making (3)
  • HUDM 6552 Seminar: Selected topics in measurement theory (3)
Quantitative Methods and Research Design (29 points):
  • HUD 4120 Methods of empirical research (3)
  • HUDM 4122 Probability and statistical inference (3)
  • HUDM 5122 Applied regression analysis (3)
  • HUDM 6026 Statistical treatment of mass data (3)
  • HUDM 6122-6123 Multivariate analysis I and II (3 each)
  • HUDM 7500 Dissertation seminar (1-3 each for two semesters)
  • HUDM 8900 Dissertation advisement (0)
  • *W4105 Probability (3)
  • *W4107 Statistical inference(3)

(*W4105 and W4107 are taken at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.)

Psychology (minimum of 15 points):

In consultation with an advisor, a group of courses aimed at substantive preparation in the field of psychology.

Non-department Requirement (7 points):

Courses in the social sciences, curriculum and teaching, and educational leadership selected in consultation with an advisor from offerings at Teachers College and other branches of Columbia University.

Special Requirements:

The first two years require full-time study. In addition to the above coursework, an approved empirical paper, an approved research paper, successful performance on the certification examination, and completion of an approved doctoral dissertation are required for the Ph.D.

M.Phil. Degree

The M.Phil. is an en passant degree awarded to those nearing the completion of the Ph.D. degree.  Students contact the Office of Doctoral Studies to file for award of the degree.

To receive the M.Phil., the student must satisfactorily complete the following requirements:  (1) file an approved "Program Plan of Study" with the Office of Doctoral Studies; (2) file an approved "Statement of the Total Program" with the Office of Doctoral Studies; (3) complete at least six courses with evaluative grades under Teachers College registration; (4) pass the Certification Examination (i.e., Research Methods Examination); (5) complete an approved empirical research paper; (6) complete an approved theoretical research paper; and (7) complete all 75 points of coursework required for the degree.  Copies of the "Program Plan of Study," "Statement of the Total Program, and both research papers are given to the Department of Human Development for inclusion in the student's records.

Transfer Credit

Relevant courses completed in other recognized graduate schools to a maximum of 30 points, or 45 points if completed in another Faculty of Columbia University, may be accepted toward the minimum point requirement for the degree.

Only completed graduate courses with earned grades of B or higher that appear on the student's transcript from a regionally accredited institution may be considered for transfer credit.

The student files a "Request for an Allocation of Graduate Credit" with the Office of Admission.  Once the Admission Office determines the eligibility of courses for transfer, final determination of transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the faculty advisor after evaluation of the courses for content and relevance to program requirements.  The Office of Admission notifies the student of the results.

Satisfactory Progress

Students are expected to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of degree requirements.  If satisfactory progress is not maintained, a student may be dismissed from the program.  Program faculty annually review each student's progress.  Where there are concerns about satisfactory progress, students will be informed by the program faculty.  If a student is performing below expectations, remedial work within an appropriate timeline may be required. If satisfactory progress is not maintained, a student may be dismissed from the program.