Sep 27, 2022  
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education (Research, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment), Ph.D.

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The Research and Educational Foundations (REF) program provides graduate coursework in research methods, statistics, and educational foundations for students in the department and numerous other departments across the univeristy. REF emphasizes inquiry – quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Students may earn the Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Research, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (RESA); a doctoral minor in Educational Research, and a certificate in Institutional Research. RESA is designed to prepare individuals for academic and non-academic positions such as tenure-track faculty, researchers and statisticians, grant evaluators, policy analysts, and assessment specialists.


  Required Criteria Supplementary Criteria*
  GRE official scores interview
  GPA on previous graduate work other official standardized test scores
  three letters of recommendation** writing sample
  letter of interest and professional goals professional experience
  vita/resumé GPA for last two years of undergraduate work
  TOEFL scores, if International  

*Supplemental materials may be submitted at the student's discretion or may be requested by the admissions committee.

**Letters should be from persons qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study.

Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the continuous enrollment and time limitation requirements specified in this Bulletin.


Residency may be met through one of the following:

  • Two consecutive* semesters of 12 hours each (12-12);
  • Three consecutive* semesters of 9 hours each (9-9-9);
  • Four consecutive* semesters of a minimum of 6 hours each, none arranged (6-6-6-6);
  • Two semesters within a three-year period in which a minimum of 12 hours is taken in each of the two semesters and a minimum of 3 hours in each of the intervening semesters.

* Consecutive does not have to include summer term but may, at the student's discretion.

Research and Scholarly Integrity Education

All faculty holding Regular or Associate graduate faculty status must complete CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RSIE policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page – Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy of training information.

Comprehensive Exam

A comprehensive exam will be given at or near the conclusion of coursework.

The Dissertation

All students must complete twelve (12) hours of REF 898 - Dissertation . A minimum of three (3) credit hours of REF 898  must be completed during each of the semesters in which the dissertation is proposed and defended. The student's doctoral committee will be comprised of at least four faculty members. The student submits three documents to this committee as described in the department dissertation guidelines: pre-proposal, proposal, and completed dissertation. The latter two are also presented orally.


To complete the doctoral degree, students must

  1. maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average,
  2. complete all coursework,
  3. pass the comprehensive exam, and
  4. successfully complete and defend a dissertation.

Doctoral Minor in Educational Research

Students majoring in a different discipline at the doctoral level may also wish to pursue a doctoral minor in Educational Research. The objectives of the minor are to prepare individuals to

  1. initiate or direct applied or institutional research in college, private or public agencies, and school systems;
  2. teach applied statistics and research methodology in institutions of higher learning;
  3. advise graduate and undergraduate students relative to the research process involved in theses, dissertations, and projects;
  4. utilize available computer packages for statistical and information processing;
  5. serve as consultants to agencies involved in research or evaluation.

A minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours is required for the doctoral minor in educational administration.

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