Ranked as one of the top 20 Educational Psychology graduate programs in the country, our Measurement and Statistics program will prepare you to work with data and the statistical and measurement tools to perform vital educational measurements. These measurements inform us about schools, students, teachers and how they perform. The program will prepare leaders in educational research to serve in various types of professional positions related to collecting, analyzing and interpreting educational statistics.
For those interested in conducting these important educational measurements, statistics, and assessments, Florida State offers both a master’s degree (online and on campus) and a doctoral degree. The master’s degree in Measurement and Statistics provides a theoretical and research background, but its emphasis is on building preliminary skills in educational measurement theory, statistical analysis, and evaluation. This degree can also complement a higher degree in a related discipline, such as Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, or Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies. We also offer a 15-credit hour graduate certificate in Measurement and Statistics.
The Ph.D. in Measurement and Statistics emphasizes both advanced instruction and direct experience with educational measurement and applied statistics issues. Doctoral students develop and investigate the properties of statistical and psychometric techniques, or study challenging problems of assessment and educational data analysis in real-world contexts. Some students obtain hands-on psychometric experience via our internship program with the Florida Department of Education.
Finally, the Measurement and Statistics program staffs the College’s Statistical and Research Design Consulting Service. The Statistical and Research Design consultants help graduate students work on their dissertation research, solve study design issues, suggest analytical techniques or even help interpret statistical analyses. The consultants are advanced students in our Measurement & Statistics program.
Learn more about the research and teaching interests of our Measurement & Statistics faculty members by clicking on their names below:
- Russell Almond: Evidence-centered assessment design (ECD), Bayesian networks, Bayesian computation. Almond teaches EDF 5400 Basic Inferential and Descriptive Statistics, EDF 5404 Bayesian Data Analysis, EDF 5419 Missing Data Analysis, EDF 5448 Scale and Instrument Development, and EDF 5484 Educational Data Analysis.
- Huan (Hailey) Kuang: Response process data (log data), computer-based assessment, machine learning, and personalized learning. Kuang teaches EDF 5400 Basic Inferential and Descriptive Statistics, EDF 5432 Measurement Theory I, EDF 5434 Item Response Theory, and EDF 6937 Machine Learning for Educational Research.
- Yanyun Yang: Factor analysis, structural equation modeling, psychometrics. Yang teaches EDF 5401 General linear modeling, EDF 5406 Multivariate Analysis Applications, EDF 5409 Causal Modeling, EDF 6937 Advanced Structural Equation Modeling, and EDF 6937 Measurement Invariance Analysis.
- Qian Zhang: Longitudinal data analysis, multilevel modeling, missing data problems, and Bayesian analysis. Zhang teaches EDF 5401 General linear modeling, EDF 7418 Multilevel Modeling, EDF 6937 Longitudinal Data Analysis, and EDF 6937 Mediation and Moderation.
- Salih Binici: Test theory, large-scale assessment, and multilevel modeling. Binici is head of the Psychometric Office at the Florida Department of Education. Binici teaches EDF 5400 Basic Descriptive and inferential Statistics, EDF 5401 General Linear Models, EDF 5402 Advanced Topics in Analysis of Variance Applications, EDF 5435 Theory of Scaling and Equating, and EDF 6057 Large-Scale Assessment.
In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, an applicant must have:
- A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree
- A graduate degree with at least a 3.5 GPA – Applicants for Ph.D. programs must have an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA).
- GRE test scores* – Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) does not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the official report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report. FSU Institution Code: 5219.
- Target scores: Verbal – 50th percentile, Quantitative – 50th percentile, Analytical – 30th percentile
- *NOTE: The GRE requirements for master’s and specialist programs have been waived through Fall 2026.
- Language proficiency test (international students only) – FSU accepts scores from TOEFL (minimum 80), IELTS (minimum 6.5), MELAB (minimum 77), Cambridge C1 Advanced Level (minimum 180), Michigan Language Assessment (minimum 55), and Duolingo (minimum 120). International graduate applicants seeking teaching assistantships are required to pass the SPEAK test which evaluates the English-speaking ability of non-native speakers of English and is administered at Florida State. Students who receive a score of 26 or higher on the speaking section of the Internet-based TOEFL examination meet the University requirements to serve as a teaching assistant; however, some departments may still require that the student take the SPEAK test.
- Transcripts – Applicants must submit an official transcript from each college and/or university attended. Transcripts should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail in a sealed envelope:
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- Admission to graduate study is a two-fold evaluation process. The Office of Admissions determines eligibility for admission to the University, and the academic department, program, or college determines admissibility to the degree program. University graduate admissions requirements are found at https://gradschool.fsu.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions. Academic programs have additional requirements.
Florida State University requires a course-by-course credential evaluation for all applicants that have degrees from a non-U.S. institution. International and domestic applicants with degrees earned from international institutions must submit their official transcripts through a NACES approved evaluator for transcripts from a non-U.S. institution. SpanTran has created a custom application for Florida State University that will make sure you select the right kind of evaluation at a discounted rate. See the “Transcript Requirement” section on The Graduate School website, https://gradschool.fsu.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions, for detailed information on University transcript requirements for graduate admission.
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For this program, the following supporting documents must be uploaded to the Admissions Application Portal:
- Personal Statement (1 required) – The personal statement should describe you purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications, and long-term career goals and should be no more than 3 pages in length.
- Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
- Letters of recommendation should be written by persons who are in a position to comment on the likelihood of your success within the department.
- International students may, if they wish, substitute Confidential Report forms for letters of recommendation.
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae (1 required)
- Unofficial Transcripts – Include transcripts from all colleges attended. Uploading a copy will expedite the review process, though you must still send official copies to the Office of Admissions.
- Writing sample
Priority Application Submission Deadlines
- Summer and Fall admission: February 15
- Spring admission: October 1
We strongly recommend that Ph.D. applicants complete their applications early (by Dec 15) to be considered for fellowships beginning in the following Fall semester.
Final Application Submission Deadlines
- Summer admission: March 1
- Fall admission: July 1
- Spring admission: November 1
These are the final University deadlines by which all application materials must be received for applications to be reviewed.
Our distinct program is designed to prepare you to serve in the following types of professional positions:
- Professor in measurement and statistics at a college or university
- Psychometrician for a commercial testing firm
- Educational measurement and/or educational statistics specialist for a test publisher or governmental licensing, certification, or assessment unit
- Director of measurement activities for a school or school system
- Measurement and educational statistics expert for a regional educational laboratory
Our graduates are currently employed by national organizations such as Harcourt Assessment, NCS Pearson, the American Association of Medical Colleges (sponsor of the Medical College Admissions Test), and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Graduates hold academic positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Costa Rica, among others.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 33.8% growth in the field of statistics through 2026, which translates into 12,600 new jobs. The national median wage for statisticians is $87,780 annually.