Doctor of Philosophy in Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology (PhD)

Overview

The MERM Program is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of measurement, program evaluation, and research methodology in the social and behavioral sciences (e.g., Psychology, Education, Quality of Life Studies, Health Studies). For more than 25 years, the faculty and students of the MERM program have been contributing to its international reputation as a leader in the field. Our students and faculty have done research in human and health services, psychological, educational, community and health settings.

 

What makes the program unique?

The MERM Program is the only Program in Canada, and among a short list in North American, in which the students are awarded a degree in "Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology"; that is, a degree in the discipline of MERM rather than a degree in some other social or health science discipline with a focus or specialization in MERM. Being awarded a MERM degree, with interdisciplinary foci, makes our students unique in an international setting.

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Education
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full or Part-time
Specialization
Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Education

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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

92
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22
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22

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

GRE required?

Required by some applicants (check program website)

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
19 September 2018
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 December 2018
Transcript Deadline: 01 December 2018
Referee Deadline: 15 December 2018
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 December 2018
Transcript Deadline: 01 December 2018
Referee Deadline: 15 December 2018

Funding Sources

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $18,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.

Career Outcomes

15 students graduated between 2005 and 2013. Of these, career information was obtained for 13 alumni (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016):


RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
University of British Columbia (5)
University of Victoria
Harvard University
University of New Brunswick
University of Calgary
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
Educational Testing Service
Blastworks, Inc.
Department of Education & Early Childhood Development
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Research Scientist
Co-founder
Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
Program Development Specialist/Psychometrician
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.
Career Options

MERM graduates are in high demand because of their technical skills and trans-disciplinary perspectives. Our former students are employed as university faculty, data analysts, research scientists, test developers, directors of research in private sector and government, research consultants, assessment and testing specialists in business, industry, and education, certification and credentialing professionals, and psychometricians at research and testing organizations.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,632.61$2,868.22
Tuition per year$4,897.83$8,604.66
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20172016201520142013
Applications168425
Offers51213
New registrations4 211
Total enrolment11891113

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 88.89% based on 9 students admitted between 2005 - 2008. Based on 7 graduations between 2014 - 2017 the minimum time to completion is 4.66 years and the maximum time is 7.66 years with an average of 6.21 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 9 March 2018]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 23 September 2018].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Ercikan, Kadriye (Educational measurement; cross-cultural and multilingual assessment; education research methods; assessment of complex thinking; assessment of collaborative problem solving)
  • Hubley, Anita (Depression, Drug Abuse, Social Determinants of Health, Homelessness and Homeless People, Mental Health and Society, Quality of Life and Aging, Cognitive Neuropsychology of Aging, Social Aspects of Aging, Executive Functions, Dementia, Aging Process, Identity Building, Learning and Memory, Psychological and health measurement, Test development and validation, Adult neuropsychological, personality, and mental health topics and assessment, Research with general community and vulnerable populations (e.g. elderly, homeless, drug addicted))
  • Liu, Yan (Fundamental measurement issues (e.g. measurement invariance and outliers); development and application of new statistical methods in education, psychology, health, and social/behavioral sciences; assessing learning outcomes; developing new assessment methods)
  • Mathison, Sandra (Evaluation theory and practice; student assessment; standardized testing; school and program evaluation; critical theory; interpretive and critical research methodologies, qualitative research methods; sociology of assessment)
  • Wu, Amery (Development of new psychometric methods (e.g. reliability of complex assessment designs, validation methods using structural equation modeling or item response theory); methodology for group comparison in item responses (e.g. detection of differential option functioning in multiple choice tests); understanding response processes; large-scale educational assessment and English Language assessment)
  • Zumbo, Bruno (Statistics and Probabilities, Mathematics, Epistemology and Methodology, Psychometrics, Multivariate Analysis, Latent Variable Models, Test Theory, Item Response Theory, Validity Theory and Validation, Statistical Methods for Program Evaluation)

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Arwa Abdulrahman Alkhalaf
    "Dr. Alkhalaf examined the impact of including research variables that are naturally skewed (such as level of education) in logistic regression, a modeling technique used for making predictions. She found that addition of these variables might negatively impact statistical conclusions and interpretations. Her work concludes with guidelines for researchers." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Oscar Lorenzo Olvera Astivia
    "Increasingly, computer simulations are being used in the field of education. Dr. Olvera Astivia studied computer algorithms used in simulations in the field of psychometrics, the study of mental capacity. His findings revealed that these algorithms rely on unacknowledged assumptions that, if altered, can change the design and conclusions obtained from these simulations." (May 2017)
  • Dr. Mihaela Launeanu
    "Dr. Launeanu's research examined how people make decisions when they respond to survey questions. The results suggest that respondents' answers are shaped by cognitive as well as personal and sociocultural factors. These findings will inform the development of better survey questions, and will contribute to an accurate understanding of what the survey responses mean." (May 2016)
  • Dr. Tavinder Kaur Ark
    "Dr. Ark focused on introducing a method for estimating the variance components required for generalizability theory (GT) with ordered categorical ratings. This research provides a proof of concept of this method, called ordinal GT. It offer researchers a new statistical avenue for computing relative G-coefficients when using ordinal variables" (November 2015)
  • Dr. Patricia Swenson
    "Dr. Swenson examined the evaluation process for disability management programs that assist people with impairments to overcome employment barriers. She found that evaluation was based on criteria such as successful job placement and client satisfaction, and drew on multiple perspectives, including the workplace, medical, psychological and social." (May 2015)
 

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September 2019 Intake

Application Open Date
19 September 2018
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 December 2018
International Applicant Deadline
01 December 2018

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