Educational Psychology and Quantitative Methods, MA

Our educational psychology and quantitative methods program focuses on preparing you, as a researcher, to address problems in diverse educational settings, with the ultimate goal of improving teaching and learning, classroom and school organization, inequities in opportunities to learn, the assessment of educational outcomes, and a range of other pressing educational issues. Educational psychologists have a common philosophy that we learn about educational processes, and ultimately improve them through the collection and study of empirical research data. Our program includes the study of human development, cognition and motivational processes. 

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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 Master of Arts (MA)
Credits required for completion 34
Time to completion 3 to 4 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus or online
  • Schools, universities and colleges
  • Local, district and state education departments
  • Public and private research agencies that undertake educational assessments
Experiential contact hours N/A
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall: April 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling

Program Coursework

Required Courses (16 credits)

CEP 500 Fundamentals of Educational Research
CEP 510 Psychometric Theory in Education
CEP 523 Statistical Methods: Inference II (prerequisite: CEP 522 or equivalent)
CEP 541 Human Growth and Development
CEP 560 Psychology of Learning and Instruction

Cognition, Development, Learning and Technology (choose one)

CEP 506 Introduction to Educational Technology
CEP 564 Cognitive Psychology

Research Design, Measurement and Assessment, Statistics and Data Analysis (choose two)

CEP 512 Topical Seminar in Research Methods: Survival Analysis
CEP 524 Experimental Design
CEP 525 Applied Multivariate Analysis
CEP 526 Structural Equation Modeling 
CEP 527 Analysis of Large-Scale Data Bases
CEP 528 Hierarchical Linear Modeling: Multilevel and Longitudinal Data Analysis 
CEP 529 Applied Regression Analysis
CEP 530 Introduction to Meta-analysis

Qualitative Methods (choose one)

APY 554 Applied Cultural Analysis
ELP 593 Research Methods in the Sociology of Education
LAI 625 Discourse Analysis Research
LAI 626 Advanced Qualitative Research in Field Methods
LAI 669 Qualitative Techniques in Educational Research
NUS 697 Advanced Qualitative Methods
PD 561 Methods of Community Analysis and Management (Department of Urban and Regional Planning)

Substantive Issues of Educational Policy and Practice (choose one)

CEP 533 Topical Seminar 
ELP 566 Comparative and Global Studies in Education
ELP 585 Sociological Bases of Education
ELP 592 American Education for International Students

Thesis/Project (3 credits)

CEP 701 Individual Guidance Thesis or Project

Program Handbook

Application Requirements

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Graduate Record Exam scores from tests taken within the last five years. Please use institution code 2925 and department code 2005.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Contact information for at least three individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Statement of interest: Statement of your career goals and objectives.

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name. 

Admission Decision: The admission decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 79 for the Internet based test
    • IELTS minimum score is 6.5 overall
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

Are you in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you currently in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

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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.