Student learning is measured more than ever before, and that means that the education field needs professionals who have expertise in educational statistics and measurement.

Ranked #22 in Best Master’s in Assessment and Measurement degree programs of 2023 by Intelligent.com

UWM’s Department of Educational Psychology offers a master’s program for students who are interested in specializing in educational statistics and measurement.

This program will provide you with the knowledge necessary to execute research and evaluate and critique existing research — a valuable asset whether you’re planning to put your skills to use in the workforce right away or go on to doctoral studies.

Why Choose Our MS Program?

After completing your master’s studies, you’ll be ready to:

  • Participate in applied research projects
  • Translate research findings for application in educational settings
  • Design and build assessment instruments
  • Assist professional educators with analyses and interpretations of data

Program FAQ

Visit the Educational Statistics and Measurement FAQ webpage for more information on the program. The Educational Psychology Costs & Financial Support FAQ webpage is also a helpful resource.


You’ll find our graduates working in universities, state and federal agencies, test publishing organizations, school systems, state departments of education, marketing research companies and research centers, among other settings.

Students in the master’s program choose either a non-thesis or a thesis track. The purpose of the non-thesis program is to provide basic research methodology coursework for students who are planning to go straight to work in positions that require educational measurement and research methodology. The program is also an excellent option for those who want to broaden their knowledge of measurement and research methodology for personal or professional improvement. The thesis program is primarily intended for students planning to go on to doctoral studies.

The Graduate School provides a range of resources for student professional development on its website.


Courses in Educational Statistics and Measurement expose you to the general principles of inferential statistics, research methodology and experimental design, psychometrics, and categorical and qualitative research methods.

Students are required to complete 30 credits for the master’s degree. You must complete 12 credits of core courses, which include 624, 724, 720, and 728; 6 credits in Learning and Development; and 12 elective credits, 6 of which must be in Educational Statistics and Measurement. Your program of study is developed in consultation with your assigned advisor. A full-time student can typically complete the program in two years.

In addition to course requirements, you must either complete a thesis or pass a final comprehensive examination.

Program Requirements

Educational Psychology, MS: Educational Statistics & Measurement Academic Catalog Requirements

Academic Catalog Requirements Sheet

  • Visit the Academic Catalog webpage linked above, then click on the Print Options link in the lower right hand column
  • Click the Download Page (PDF) link
  • Print or save the condensed program requirements document

General Curricular Information

The Course Rotation Schedule (PDF) is intended to help you and your advisor plan your coursework schedule. Please consult the latest Graduate School Bulletin for course descriptions; you may also consult the UWM online schedule of classes for descriptions of courses offered during the current academic year.


Application Process

Please pay close attention to the Educational Statistics and Measurement preferred deadlines listed below.

  • Spring 2023 Deadline: October 1, 2022
  • Fall 2023 Deadline: February 15, 2023

The program may consider applications submitted after these deadlines on a case by case basis, though we suggest you apply as early as possible. UWM’s Graduate School recommends students apply one year before they intend to start.

The program requires 3 letters of recommendation. These letters must be submitted through the application’s electronic recommendation feature by the recommenders themselves. Letters uploaded or sent by the applicant will not be accepted.

UWM Graduate School Online Application Form – MS


profile photoRazia AzenProfessor; DirectorEducational Psychology; Consulting Office for Research & Evaluationazen@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 771
profile photoBo ZhangProfessorEducational Psychologyboz@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 757

Educational Statistics and Measurement faculty have expertise in educational measurement topics such as Item Response Theory, differential item functioning, and educational assessment, as well as in educational statistics topics such as general linear models including multiple regression, structural equation models and hierarchical linear models.


Program Information

For general information or questions about the program, contact:

Bo Zhang, PhD
Professor & Area Chair
Educational Psychology

Office of Student Services
(414) 229-4721