Ph.D. Degree

Our doctoral program is a 51-credit hour program (plus dissertation hours) that seeks to develop specialists who have the theoretical knowledge base and application skills for a number of different professional opportunities.

Students in the program develop the skills to conceptualize, design, evaluate and teach a wide variety of research approaches, methodologies, and applications. They gain knowledge, skills, and experience in statistical analyses, program evaluation, and measurement/psychometrics. They are taught how to communicate effectively with educators and other professionals in the development and application of research and psychometric materials.

In addition, our doctoral students gain the expertise to teach courses at the college level, provide leadership in the conduct of research studies, and serve as consultants in research methodology and data analysis in education, industry, and government.

Explore program scheduling and course offerings here:

Other links of interest:

  • To search for classes see the Kent State Schedule of Classes
    (search subject: Research, Measurement & Statistics)

The College of Education, Health and Human Services admits students to Ph.D. programs on a selective basis. The application deadline for the fall semester is March 15th. The application deadline for the spring semester is October 15th. Minimum requirements for admission to the Ph.D. programs include:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 3.5 GPA or higher in Master’s degree program
  • Official transcripts
  • Goal statement and resume


Following an interview with the program faculty, an admission decision will be made and the applicant will be informed of the decision, whether supporting or denying admission.

Apply for a graduate assistantship with the Graduate Assistantship Application.

International students can find important information in the Office of Global Education.

Careers in Research, Measurement & Statistics

Graduates of our doctoral program have excelled in the following roles:

  • Professors at the college and university level
  • Research and evaluation specialists for school districts, higher education, and public and private organizations
  • Assessment and measurement specialists for school districts and higher education institutions
  • Psychometricians at commercial test publishers
  • Research and evaluation consultants to state and national organizations
  • Research and statistics experts in the private sector

Please contact us with any questions:

Dr. Jason Schenker
Program Coordinator, Research, Measurement & Statistics