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. You may take the courses for the master’s in quantitative psychology online, on our main campus in Muncie, Ind., or a blend of both.
What It’s Like to Pursue a Master of Science (MS) in Quantitative Psychology
Earning a master’s degree that focuses on research, statistics, and measurement like our MS in quantitative psychology, means you can gain skills that are in demand by the following organizations:
- Testing and assessment companies
- Organizations conducting program or grant evaluations
- Industries or corporations conducting behavioral and educational research
- Research organizations such as think tanks, grant agencies, and foundations
- College or university institutional research offices
- Federal and state departments of education
- School corporations seeking assessment experts
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, quantitative psychology-related occupations are projected to grow an average of 32 percent through 2022, well above the average (13 percent) for other occupations. Beginning-level salaries start at $50,000 and quickly go up from there.
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:
- 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.
- Ball State offers competitive tuition rates.
- 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.
- Individuals with the skills you can gain in this program are highly sought after by testing companies, federal and non-profit grant funding agencies, higher education institutions, and many other organizations.
- 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.
The master of science (MS) degree in quantitative psychology is a 33-credit program with 21 credits of core classes, 6 credits from one of two concentrations (quantitative or mixed methods), and a thesis. The skills learned and practices in our courses can be applied 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.
- 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)
- THES 698 Thesis (1-6 credits)
You will also complete 6 credits in one of the following concentrations.
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)
Mixed Methods Concentration
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)
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How to Apply
Admission to this program involves a preliminary screening by the Graduate School and a final review by the Department. The process for application is outlined below:
Graduate School Application Portal: Within the applications portal, indicate program selection of Quantitative Psychology (MS) as your program. Select the term that you are interested in starting from the options provided. If you are currently enrolled as a graduate student at Ball State University, you still must still submit an application to this program through the portal.
Application Materials include the following:
- Official transcripts: Include transcripts from every institution attended, including transcripts from schools in which courses were transferred to another institution: If you are currently attending Ball State University or have attended in the past, the graduate school will obtain transcripts that are already on file for you.
- Results of the general Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE): Results must from exam taken within the last five years. Average scores on the GRE tend to be approximately the 50th percentile, but there is no specific minimum performance set. Official results should be sent directly to Ball State University. Use the code for BSU (R1051).
- Cover Letter/Letter of Intent/: Your cover letter should provide information on your academic and professional experiences that have prepared you to be successful in the program. You should also include information about
- Two references who will submit letters of recommendation: We strongly urge you to follow up with your references to remind them of the deadline.
- CV or Resume
Graduate School Application Portal
Applications should be submitted at least four weeks before the beginning of the semester you wish to start.
Approximate deadlines are:
- Fall semester: July 15
- Spring semester: Dec. 1
- Summer semester: April 1
International Students Studying on Campus
If you’re an international student and wish to study on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, you will first need to meet the admission requirements for international graduate students. For information about the international admission process, contact the Rinker Center for International Programs. You will also send ALL of your application materials required by the Graduate School and the educational psychology department.
International Students Studying Only Online
U.S. policies do not allow you to come to the U.S. and take only online courses. However, you may be able to study online from your home country.
If you are receiving sponsorship from your government for your studies, please confirm with your sponsor that you are permitted to enroll in online education courses. It is your responsibility to determine if you can enroll in online courses per your sponsor (if applicable), and the laws and policies of your nation and the United States.
Admission deadlines for international students are earlier
Please review the admission deadlines from the Rinker Center so that there is plenty of time to review your application before enrollment deadlines.
Students from Other States
Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.