Our program is comprised of two research strands: quantitative methodology and qualitative methodology. Those in the first strand use statistical methods to examine various aspects of educational policy and their influences on students. Those in the second strand often define education and its policies more broadly, examining social discourses that produce and reproduce social inequities.
The educational research master’s program prepares students to conduct research and evaluate programs in kindergarten through 12th-grade schools, colleges and universities, and other settings (for example, government, healthcare and public health).
You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of research methods as they are applied to the study of education.
Coursework is available in the following areas: statistics, measurement, program evaluation, survey research, computer applications, qualitative research, institutional research, and policy research.
Graduates of this program find employment in research units housed in educational agencies (for example, local education agencies, state boards of education), non-profits, and private employers who seek to improve their research capacity. Master of Science in Educational Research graduates are also well prepared to seek admission to Ph.D. studies in various disciplines.
The online M.S. in educational research prepares you to conduct research, evaluate programs and policies and translate current research into practical language. Our graduates are working in research units housed in educational agencies at the state and local level, non-profits and private employers who value internal research capacity.
- Program evaluation
- Survey research
- Computer applications
- Policy research
If you have an interest in applying skills in statistics and research methodology to address educational problems in today’s world, our program will help you advance.
Our educational research and mental health counseling dual degree program* combines educational research and the application of educational research methodology to a content area in mental health counseling.
You will meet faculty who are leaders in the field and find opportunities for research and field experience that are an enhancement to each of these academic programs. The program leads to a master of science degree with majors in educational research and mental health counseling.
Graduates of the program have increased career opportunities within academia and the work setting.
*This program requires you to apply to both educational research and mental health counseling to be admitted to complete the degree program.
The Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies allows students to examine the philosophy and practice of education and to develop skills in both the methodology and the study of educational practice. Students will prepare to become policymakers and examiners of policy and the effects of policy on education.
Concentration in Research, Measurement and Statistics
This concentration prepares graduates to investigate research methodologies, to conduct research related to schools, and to conduct and critique research in educational practice, policy and administration. Students develop knowledge and skills in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methods.
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Educational Policy Studies Ph.D. student Funmi Adesesan discusses her work in the program
Our Program Evaluation post master’s certificate can provide you with the credentials you need to do consulting work or program evaluation.
This program includes the following:
- program evaluation models
- specialized topics in program evaluation
- issues in program evaluation
This program will help you if you’re in the following settings:
- government agencies
- nonprofit organizations
This program includes classroom experiences and hands-on practicum experiences to build skills as students progress towards completion of the certificate. The certificate is designed for individuals interested in working in a wide variety of education, training, and development areas, including those found in business, industry, government agencies, the military and nonprofit organizations.
If you’re enrolled in a doctoral program at Georgia State, you’re eligible to study for a graduate certificate in Qualitative Research in Education. The program is for those interested in conducting research or gaining expertise in qualitative research.
To earn the certificate, you must complete a minimum of eight 3-credit-hour doctoral-level qualitative research methods courses with a collective GPA of 3.5 or higher in those courses, with no grade lower than a B in any course to be counted toward the certificate.
If you’re enrolled in a doctoral program at Georgia State, you’re eligible to study for a graduate certificate in Quantitative Research in Education. The program is for those interested in conducting research or gaining expertise in quantitative research.
To earn the certificate, you must complete a minimum of eight 3-credit-hour doctoral-level quantitative research methods courses with a collective GPA of 3.5 or higher in those courses, with no grade lower than a B in any course to be counted toward the certificate.