M.Ed. in Ed Psych: Research, Statistics & Evaluation

The M.Ed. prepares students for research roles as applied data scientists in settings the involve working with large data sets to address questions of substantive importance. Graduates have been employed in school systems, state education departments, testing companies, research centers, and community colleges; and have been accepted into competitive doctoral programs.

“Curry stood out to me because it felt like a community focused on development. There was a value placed on learning and growth rather than fixed classes taken to fulfill a requirement, and I honestly feel as if my professors care that I am learning valuable information.”

– Theresa Mejia, M.Ed. Student

Components of the M.Ed. program include courses that focus on the fundamentals of research design and data analytics. The program also includes elective courses that allow students to acquire a deeper understanding of, and expertise in, specialized methods of inquiry and analytic tools.

Students in the program will gain proficiency in:

  • managing and analyzing data,
  • constructing and interpreting research reports,
  • developing an understanding of measurement, survey, and research design, and
  • communicating analytic results and interpretations to broad audiences.

The program is offered on-Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia. Applications are due by April 15th for fall enrollments.

Program Details

  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    The student desiring to pursue the Master of Education degree in Educational Psychology with emphasis in Research, Statistics, and Evaluation should submit an application for admission to the Curry School of Education and Human Development. The applicant must:
    • hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
    • have a “B” average or better for the last two years of undergraduate study;
    • submit an application for admission and unofficial transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work;
    • submit an unofficial report of the Graduate Record Examination;
    • submit at least two letters of recommendation from professionals who can attest to his/her promise as a graduate student and professional educator;
    • submit a statement of professional goals (1-2 pages);
    • a writing sample is not required.

    Applicants may submit unofficial test scores and transcripts with their application. However, official test scores (taken with 5 years) and official transcripts showing degree conferral are required prior to matriculation.

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.

  • Application Due Date
    • Spring entry (part-time only): November 1
    • Fall entry: April 15, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis until July 1

    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.

  • Degree Requirements

    The program of study requires a minimum of 30 credit-hours of graduate coursework of which 6 credit hours may be a research internship or thesis paper. All students must complete a comprehensive exam after completing 26 credit hours of study.

    To fulfill the credit-hour requirement the following conditions must be satisfied:

    • no more than six credit-hours or graduate study may be transferred from another institution unless a formal cooperative program arrangement exists between the Curry School and that institution,
    • at least 18 credit-hours must be completed after admission to the program, and
    • at least 24 credit-hours of graduate study must be taken from the University of Virginia and 18 of these hours must be taken on-Grounds.
  • Funding Opportunities

    Students may apply for federal financial aid, including work-study. Information about federal aid programs, including applying using the FAFSA, can be found through Student Financial Services. Additional financial aid information can be found on Curry's Financial Aid webpage.

    1. Scholarships:

    Curry Foundation Scholarships (ranging from a few hundred dollars to 10K)
    List of Fellowships from the website of the UVA Office of Graduate Student Diversity Programs

    2. Federal Need-Based Financial Aid: Loans and Work-Study — To apply for need-based financial aid, applicants should submit:

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to the U.S. Department of Education and
    University of Virginia Financial Aid Application (UFAA) form to the UVA Office of Student Financial Services. 

    Both forms are available on the Student Financial Services website. Please also see Curry’s Financial Aid page which includes a link to FAQs. Students may qualify to receive compensation for their internship work or for other research work through workstudy. To be considered for a workstudy assignment, you will need to check the box requesting workstudy when you complete your FAFSA application. Please visit their website at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa for detailed information on applying to FAFSA.

    3. Optional Monthly Payment Plan
    (For information about billing and setting up monthly tuition payments, please see the Student Accounts website.)

    4. Part-Time Employment Opportunities                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

    There are a variety of opportunities for part-time work as research assistants at the Curry School. Many students have also found part-time jobs in the local community. Information about employment opportunities will be shared during orientation for new students.

  • Course Overview
  • Sample Jobs After Graduation

    The program is designed to prepare students for work in school systems, state education departments, testing companies, state and federal governments, private companies, and other organizations in which data analytics play a role. This program is also useful for existing professionals looking to complement their existing work, and to prepare students looking to pursue more advanced training through completion of a doctorate degree in research methodology.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.