Master of Science (M.S) in Applied Statistics and Psychometrics

Master of Science (M.S) in Applied Statistics and Psychometrics


The Master of Science in Applied Statistics and Psychometrics meets the need for quantitative specialists to conduct statistical analyses, design quantitative research studies, and develop measurement scales for educational, social, behavioral, and health science research projects.

Employers and doctoral programs in education, psychology, social work, nursing, and sociology are seeking graduates trained in technical quantitative analysis. Federally funded and nonprofit agencies have set rigorous expectations in research methodology and data analysis for the studies they fund.

Students also benefit from multiple opportunities to engage in hands-on research. In addition to being asked to support the active research of our faculty, Boston College is also home to a number of internationally renowned research centers.

  • TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center
  • Center for Optimized Student Support
  • Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy
  • Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education

For international students, Applied Statistics and Psychometrics is a STEM designated program by the Department of Homeland Security. Learn more on the International Applicants page

  • Understand the theory of applied statistics and psychometrics
  • Conduct analyses using advanced procedures such as multiple regression, multivariate models, hierarchical linear modeling, causal modeling, and longitudinal analyses
  • Interpret and report quantitative and qualitative designs, procedures, and results
  • Design, conduct, analyze, interpret and report both Classical Test Theory and Item Response Theory analyses
  • Communicate research findings effectively

At a Glance


How many courses?

This program consists of 10 courses for a total of 30 credits. 


How long will it take?

Students will typically complete the program between 2-3 years.


When can I start?

Students can begin the program in the spring, summer, or fall semesters.


  What are my options?

Students can enroll full-time or part-time for this program.

  

Program Faculty & Expertise


What will I study?


Curriculum


  • Courses: 10
  • Credits: 30
  • Comprehensive Exam

Where do our graduates work?


American Institutes for Research

Researcher

Northern Illinois University

Assistant Professor

Bank of America Operations

Project Analyst

Hanover Research

Research Associate

Pearson

Director of Efficacy Analytics and Studies

Cumberland County College

President

ACT Inc.

Principal Psychometrician

Measured Progress

Director, Innovation Lab

Maguire Associates

Senior Vice President of Research

Sheffield Research and Evaluation

Senior Consultant

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the MESA Department.

Financial Assistance


Education should level the playing field – we feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $7.5 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. Here’s why:

Application Information

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Deadlines

Regular Decision
1/6/20
Rolling Admission
After 1/6/20
Spring
Regular Decision
11/1/19

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants.

 

Resume

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Letters of Recommendation

Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form.

Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional recommendations from supervisors.

Transcripts

All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:

  • Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.

  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.

  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu to ensure it is received by our office. 

If your degree was obtained from an institution outside of the U.S. you are required to submit a course-by-course evaluation completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved evaluator. A complete list of NACES-approved evaluators is found on the Directory of NACES Members.

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

For all Boston College students and alumni
If you received any type of degree from Boston College, or if you are a current Boston College student, the GRE is not required.

For all other applicants
If you did not receive a degree from Boston College or if you are not a current Boston College student, the GRE is required.

The Lynch School GRE code is 3218.

Writing Sample

Not required.

International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Learn about requirements for international students.

Contact Us

  gsoe@bc.edu
  617-552-4214