MA in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology with Emphasis in Educational Research Methods and Analysis

Degree Requirements

This program focuses on design and analysis of quantitative studies. Researchers typically begin with adopting appropriate study designs (e.g., experimental, quasi-experimental, and observational study designs) for their research purpose. Researchers must verify that their measures are reliable and valid and may use analytic techniques like classical test theory or item response theory (IRT). Researchers submit their data to statistical techniques like analysis of variance (ANOVA), regression, structural equation modeling (SEM), and hierarchical linear model (HLM) to analyze the relationship among variables to answer their research questions.

General Core Courses21
Statistics and Research15
Introduction to Applied Statistics
Overview of Research Methods
Foundations of Educational and Psychological Measurement
Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I
ESC_PS 8850
Quantitative Foundations in Educational Research
Human Diversity3
Relevant Course
Research Methods Emphasis Area12
Courses in this area may vary. Possible courses include:
Application of Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research
Structural Equation Modeling
Hierarchical Linear Modeling
Item Response Theory
Seminar in Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
Educational Planning and Evaluation
Selected graduate level courses in the Psychology Department with advisor approval (e.g. latent variable models in statistical analyses, categorical data analysis)
Selected graduate level courses from the Statistics Department with advisor approval (e.g. Bayesian statistics, nonparametric statistics). NOTE: MA with thesis or manuscript, 6 hours of these courses must be ESC_PS 8090.

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Sample Plan of Study

The plan of study will depend on the student’s career goals and research interests, and should be completed in consultation with the Master’s Committee.

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Thesis/Non-Thesis Requirements

The student will consult with the academic advisor and decide to complete a thesis or manuscript. After working with the academic advisor on developing a thesis or manuscript proposal, the student meets with the Master’s program committee to obtain approval of the written thesis or manuscript proposal. This happens before data collection begins. After the project is completed, the student submits a written thesis or manuscript and defends the thesis or manuscript to the Master’s program committee. The defense can occur only when MU is officially in session.

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Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the MA in Educational and Counseling Psychology program and the minimum requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies.  Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process.  Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Office of the Graduate Studies and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

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