Ranked as one of the top 20 Educational Psychology graduate programs in the country, our Measurement and Statistics program will prepare you to work with data and the statistical and measurement tools that inform us about education — about schools, students, teachers and how they perform.

The master’s degree in Measurement and Statistics provides a theoretical and research background, but its emphasis is on building preliminary skills in measurement theory, statistical analysis, and evaluation. This degree can also complement a higher degree in a related discipline, such as Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, or Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies. We also offer an 18 credit hour graduate certificate in Measurement and Statistics.

The doctoral degree in Measurement and Statistics emphasizes both advanced instruction and direct experience with measurement and applied statistics issues. Doctoral students develop and investigate the properties of statistical and psychometric techniques, or study challenging problems of assessment and educational data analysis in real-world contexts. Some students obtain hands-on psychometric experience via our internship program with the Florida Department of Education.

Finally, the Measurement and Statistics program staffs the College’s Statistical and Research Design Consulting Service. Are you working on your dissertation research? Do you need help with study design issues, or choosing what analysis is appropriate for the data you plan to collect? Or, could you use help interpreting statistical analyses you’ve run? If so, our consultants can help! Check out our statistical and research design consultation services for graduate students. The consultants are advanced students in our Measurement & Statistics program!

Admission Requirements

In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, an applicant must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree
  • A graduate degree with at least a 3.5 GPA – Applicants for Ph.D. programs must have an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA).
  • GRE test scores – Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) does not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the official report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report. FSU Institution Code: 5219.

Target Scores:
Verbal – 50th percentile
Quantitative – 50th percentile
Analytical – 30th percentile

  • Language proficiency test scores –Official English Language Proficiency results are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. The following are the minimum scores required for admission to the University, although some departments require higher scores at the graduate level.

Target Scores:
Internet-based TOEFL (IBTOEFL): 80
Paper-based TOEFL (TOEFL): 550
International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 77
Pearson Test of English (PTE): 55

These scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency, and are not valid after two years.

International graduate applicants seeking teaching assistantships are required to pass the SPEAK test which evaluates the English-speaking ability of non-native speakers of English and is administered at Florida State. Students who receive a score of 26 or higher on the speaking section of the Internet-based TOEFL examination meet the University requirements to serve as a teaching assistant; however, some departments may still require that the student take the SPEAK test.

  • Transcripts – Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Admissions:

Florida State University
Office of Admissions
282 Champions Way
P.O. Box 3062400
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

Application Deadlines

  • Summer admission: March 1
  • Fall admission: July 1
  • Spring admission: November 1

Career Opportunities

Our distinct program is designed to prepare you to serve in the following types of professional positions:

  • Professor in measurement and statistics at a college or university
  • Psychometrician for a commercial testing firm
  • Educational measurement and/or educational statistics specialist for a test publisher or governmental licensing, certification, or assessment unit
  • Director of measurement activities for a school or school system
  • Measurement and educational statistics expert for a regional educational laboratory

Our graduates are currently employed by national organizations such as Harcourt Assessment, NCS Pearson, the American Association of Medical Colleges (sponsor of the Medical College Admissions Test), and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Graduates hold academic positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Costa Rica, among others.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated March 27, 2019
This course is Campus based
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2 years
1,111 USD
Out-of-State Rate per credit hour | In-State Rate per credit hour: $479.32 (Main Campus Fees)
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