Research, Statistics & Evaluation
The RSE program is focused on training students with the knowledge and skills needed to become successful methodologists in education and the social sciences. Program faculty are committed to the growth and development of students through courses on contemporary topics in quantitative and qualitative approaches to inquiry; and mentoring experiences that engage students with faculty research to prepare them for careers as independent researchers.
The Curry Impact
Graduates of Curry’s RSE program understand the potential uses and limitations of a wide variety of methodological tools for testing theories, developing and evaluating the quality of measurement instruments, evaluating the impacts of programs, and creating research designs that allow for evaluations of causal impacts. 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. Students in the RSE doctoral program develop an evidence-based program of study with focus on quantitative methods, qualitative methods, or program evaluation that provides the necessary foundation to become independent researchers.
The goal of this program is to produce graduates with the requisite knowledge, expertise, experience and professional traits to work as researchers, evaluators, policy analysts, assessment specialists and/or professors in a variety of professional settings, such as universities, government agencies or contract R & D firms. According to Fortune magazine, Statistics is ranked 2nd as the best graduate degree for a job, because the projected growth rate is 16.4% by 2024, and 75% of people in stats jobs are highly satisfied. Master's degree graduates are offered premium salaries.
Explore Our Degrees
Choosing the right degree within our program is important to ensuring that you achieve an outcome that supports your career goals. Let us help guide you through your choices.
M.Ed. in Educational Psychology—Research, Statistics & Evaluation
The Master of Education 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.
Ph.D. in Education—Research, Statistics & Evaluation
In earning a Ph.D. in Education—Research, Statistics & Evaluation from Curry, you will become an educational scholar who conducts original research and interprets and communicates the results of such research as an author, university professor, or as a governmental or research agency official. All PhD students are fully funded (tuition and a graduate stipend) for four years. Admitted students may also be eligible for the Curry Dean’s Fellowship, which provides a generous supplement to the graduate stipend.
Research, Statistics & Evaluation by the Numbers
Best Graduate Degree for Jobs (Statistics), Fortune Magazine
Projected Growth in Statistics-Related Jobs by 2024, Fortune Magazine
Percent of Statistics Graduates are Highly Satisfied, Fortune Magazine
RSE faculty and some graduate students are affiliated with multiple research centers and projects in the University of Virginia, including, but not limited to:
- Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL)
- National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT)
- Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)
- The Virginia Youth Violence Project
RSE faculty and some advanced students are affiliated with some major national professional associations, and the following is a partial list of these:
- American Educational Research Association (AERA)
- American Evaluation Association (AEA)
- National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME)
- American Psychological Association (APA)
RSE faculty and some advanced students regularly attend the annual meetings and conferences of the national organizations listed above to present research papers at these meetings/conferences.
Nancy L. Deutsch Professor, Director of Youth-NexWalter F. Heinecke Associate ProfessorMichael F. Hull Assistant Professor of Education, General FacultyTimothy R. Konold Professor , Research, Statistics, and Evaluation Program CoordinatorTonya R. Moon Professor Chair, UVa IRB-SBSJim Soland Assistant Professor Of EducationVivian Wong Associate Professor