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If you like numbers, statistics, social science, and the potential of a rewarding career with many promising opportunities, then Ball State’s master of science degree in quantitative psychology might be just for you.

In a world where assessment, measurement, and the ability to accurately analyze all this big data is critical, quantitative methods are at the heart of all aspects of psychology, education, business, and the social sciences. In this program, you will study methods and techniques for the measurement of human attributes, the statistical and mathematical modeling of psychological processes, the design of research studies, and the analysis of psychological data.

This program will provide you with basic and advanced statistical knowledge and skills, plus the proficiency to analyze and apply data in a variety of social science-related data situations that are necessary for many public and private sector jobs in education and industry, as well as for pursuing a doctoral degree.


What You Will Learn

In this program, you will study:

  • methods and techniques for the measurement of human attributes
  • the statistical and mathematical modeling of psychological processes
  • the design of research studies, and the analysis of psychological data

This program will also provide you with basic and advanced statistical knowledge and skills, plus the proficiency to analyze and apply data in a variety of social science-related data situations that are necessary for many public and private sector jobs in education and industry, as well as for pursuing a doctoral degree.

Why Ball State?

The individual attention and direct mentorship you will receive from Ball State’s faculty within the nationally accredited and ranked Department of Educational Psychology is probably the number one reason Ball State’s master’s degree in quantitative psychology will stand out to you. But we have so many more reasons.

You may take the courses for the master’s in quantitative psychology online, on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, or a blend of both.

Faculty in the program have active research programs in both applied and theoretical statistics. They have connections with testing agencies, federal agencies, departments of education, charter schools, and many other organizations who rely on statistical analysis. In fact, our faculty are often conducting research or assisting in grant applications for outside groups. Their connections and experiences will add value and richness to your experience.

Read their bios.

Unlike many other quantitative psychology programs, you have the option to concentrate on mixed methods of research to add breadth to the in-depth knowledge you will gain in statistics.

Also, your thesis will give you the opportunity to take your research directly into doctoral programs in quantitative psychology, educational psychology, educational research, psychometrics, or experimental psychology.

Ball State offers some of the most competitive tuition rates in the Midwest.

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State Authorizations

We accept students from all states, but certain conditions may apply depending on which state you live in. Learn more about state authorization for non-Indiana students.

Courses

The master of science (MS) degree in quantitative psychology that includes core classes, the choice of one of two concentrations (quantitative or mixed methods), and a thesis. You can apply the skills learned and practiced in our courses to a variety of industry and education settings, especially as they relate to assessment and evaluation of training or education. This degree can also prepare you for a PhD program.

Total Credits

33

Courses

Core

Core Courses

21 Credits

  • EDPS 600 Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credits)
    or EDPS 606 Human Learning and Achievement Motivation (3 credits)
  • EDPS 641 Introduction to Statistical Methods (3 credits)
  • EDPS 642 Analysis of Variance (3 credits)
  • EDPS 643 Research Design (3 credits)
  • EDPS 741 Applied Regression Analysis (3 credits)
  • EDPS 742 Multivariate Statistical Techniques (3 credits)
  • EDPS 746 Theory of Measurement (3 credits)

Choose this concentration if you wish to keep honing your statistical skills and learning to uncover the patterns within the data.

  • EDPS 698 Special Topics (3 credits)
  • EDPS 730 Introduction to Nonparametric Statistics (3 credits)
  • EDPS 740 Categorical Data Analysis (3 credits)
  • EDPS 743 Factor Analysis (3 credits)
  • EDPS 744 Structural Equation Modeling (3 credits)
  • EDPS 785 Multilevel Statistical Model (3 credits)

Choose this concentration if you wish to add the ability to get beyond the numbers to understand the underlying reasons, opinions, and motivations of people in your research.

  • EDST 650 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3 credits)
  • EDST 655 Introduction to Mixed Methods Research (3 credits)
  • EDST 660 Ethnographic Research in Education (3 credits)
  • EDST 671 Evaluation of Educational Programs (3 credits)
  • SOC 681 Survey Research Methods (3 credits)

Thesis

THES 698 Thesis (1-6 credits)

Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in our program? You'll need to meet the admission criteria of and apply to both the Ball State University Graduate School.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall semester: July 15
  • Spring semester: December 1
  • Summer semester: April 1

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Questions?

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