Quantitative Research in Education

A Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Research in Education is available from the College of Education to eligible students enrolled in a doctoral program at Georgia State University. To earn the certificate, students must complete a minimum of seven 3-credit-hour doctoral-level quantitative research methods courses with a collective GPA of 3.5 or higher in those courses, with no grade lower than a B in any course to be counted toward the certificate.

Four of the seven courses must be the following:

  • EPRS 8530 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education I (3)
  • EPRS 8540 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education II (3)
  • EPRS 8550 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education III (3)
  • EPSF 9260 Epistemology and Learning (3)

The remaining three courses must be doctoral-level quantitative method courses, bearing a call number of 8000 or higher, from the approved list of certificate courses. The list is updated yearly and available in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. A current list of these courses is provided below:

  • EPRS 8830 Survey Research, Sampling Principles, and Questionnaire Design
  • EPRS 8840 Meta-Analysis
  • EPRS 8920 Educational Measurement
  • PSYC 8430 Psychological Research Statistics III
  • EPRS 9350 Introduction to Item Response Theory
  • EPRS 9360 Advanced Item Response Theory
  • EPRS 9600 Advanced Computer Methods in Educational Research
  • EPRS 9550 Multivariate Analysis
  • EPRS 9560 Structural Equation Modeling
  • EPRS 9570 Hierarchical Linear Modeling I
  • EPRS 9571 Hierarchical Linear Modeling II
  • EPRS 9900 Advanced Research

In addition, students must successfully defend a quantitative or multi-methods research dissertation. Although a faculty member from the Research, Measurement and Statistics (RMS) program of the Department of Educational Policy Studies need not be on the student’s dissertation committee, the prospectus for the dissertation must be endorsed by an appropriate member of the RMS faculty, as determined by the RMS Coordinator.


In order to be eligible to earn the certificate, students must:

  • be enrolled in a doctoral program at Georgia State University
  • have completed at least three courses from the College of Education Doctoral Research Core, with a collective GPA in those courses of 3.5 or higher
  • submit the proper form to the Department of Educational Policy Studies officially indicating an intention to work toward earning the certificate (the form is available from the Department of Educational Policy Studies or from the Office of Academic Assistance)

Applicants may obtain more information about the Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Research in Education by contacting the department at 404-413-8030.  To apply, please download the Declaration of Intent Form.

Normal Time to Complete Program

One additional semester with 3 courses is estimated to be additional coursework which would be included within the doctoral program time-frame because it is likely that at least 4 courses meet both the certificate and doctoral requirements.  The certificate program requires 7 courses.  Courses beyond the three courses in the doctoral core which meet the certificate requirements may be included in the doctoral program of study for the student based on each student’s individualized program.  Typically, at least one course meeting certificate requirements beyond the three from the doctoral core would be included in the student’s doctoral program for the student’s doctoral degree.

On-Time Graduation Rates

On-time graduation rate is 100% based on the College of Education doctoral program time-frame.

Program Costs*
Graduate Tuition per credit hour:  In-State $336.00; Out-of-State $1,200.00
Mandatory Student Fees per term:  $1,064.00
Books and Supplies per term:  $500.00
Room and Board per term:  $6,742.00

*All figures are estimates only and subject to change without notice.


The Quantitative Research in Education Certificate aids in the preparation of students to be employed as:
Statistics Professors (SOC 25-1022)
Survey Research Professors (SOC 25-1069)
Survey Researchers or Survey Methodologists (SOC 19-3022)
Program Analysts (SOC 13-1111)
Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods (SOC 15-2041) for Statisticians
Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods (SOC 11-9199) for Managers and All Others

You can find additional information on the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) and occupational profiles on these professions at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net web sites: http://www.bls.gov/soc/ and http://www.onetcenter.org/.

Other Certificate Information

There is no state or accrediting agency that requires tracking placement rates.  Students who receive a certificate also complete the doctoral program which is a higher credentialed program; thus, calculation of median loan debt for the certificate program is not required.