Educational Psychology and Quantitative Methods, PhD

Our doctoral program in educational psychology and quantitative methods focuses on preparing you to research problems in diverse educational settings. Educational psychologists improve educational processes through the collection and analysis of empirical data. The ultimate goal of this research is to improve teaching and learning, classroom and school organization, inequities in opportunities to learn, the assessment of educational outcomes, and a wide array of other pressing educational issues.

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Why Educational Psychology at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • preparing researchers to solve problems in diverse educational settings
  • rigorous preparation in quantitative research methods (statistics, measurement, secondary analysis of large-scale data sets, and research design)
  • substantive study of learning in schools and classrooms, educational policies, programs, practices, and interventions developed to promote student learning

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Credits required for completion 72
Time to completion 4 to 5+ years
Course delivery On campus


  • Local, district and state education departments
  • Public and private agencies that undertake educational assessments (e.g., Educational Testing Service, U.S. Department of Education)
  • Research agencies
  • Schools, colleges and universities
Application deadline Jan. 1

Program Faculty

Finn, Jeremy

Jeremy Finn

Distinguished Professor
Counseling, School And Educational Psychology

Distinguished Professor
Educational Leadership And Policy

409 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-1126


Shanahan, Michele

Michele Shanahan

Clinical Associate Professor
Counseling, School And Educational Psychology

409 Baldy Hall North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-1109


Research Areas: Achievement; Cognition; Cognitive Psychology; Online and Distance Learning; Quantitative Research Methods

Questions about the program?

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology
409 Baldy Hall


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Questions About the Admission Process?

Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall, North Campus

University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.