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Social Research Methodology Division

In the Social Research Methodology graduate division, students design and conduct research and evaluation, develop and apply new techniques, analyze and interpret data in the context of theory and practice, and critically examine research-based claims. The programs are designed for students who are primarily interested in methodology as an area of research and have particular interests in specific educational areas or issues. The SRM division offers two degree programs: the M.A. and the Ph.D. SRM also offers a certificate program in Advanced Quantitative Methodology in Educational Research which is open to all UCLA graduate students.
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About

Overview of Program

The Social Research Methodology (SRM) Division is committed to the study and practice of methods of inquiry in educational and social research. The SRM curriculum emphasizes conceptualization of applied problems, design and conduct of research and evaluation, development and application of new methodological techniques, and analysis and interpretation of data in the context of educational theory and practice.

SRM aims to prepare students to:

  • Critically examine research and evaluation
  • Develop data collection designs and instruments
  • Conduct conceptual and statistical analyses appropriate to the field of education as well as other behavioral and social sciences

The SRM Division works with the SRM Evaluation and Assessment Group, CRESST (National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing), and the University of California Educational Evaluation Center (UCEC).

Success

What Our People Do

The training that SRM students receive prepares them for work in a variety of fields. Recent SRM graduates have assumed positions either as faculty, consultants, or researchers in a number of institutions across the country.
Priscilla Liu standing in front of bookshelf
Priscilla Liu, '20
Ph.D., Social Research Methodology
Liu is a postdoctoral scholar in the UCLA Department of Education. She is a part of the research team led by UCLA Professor of Education Marjorie Faulstich Orellana examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on families worldwide, which has been chosen for funding by both the Spencer Foundation and the Social Science Research Council.
Tasha Huff, postdoctoral fellow in the department of education
Tasha R. Hauff
University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow
Hauff is a Mnikȟowožu Lakȟota scholar, teacher, and language activist. She is University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Education under the mentorship of Dr. Teresa McCarty. Her research takes up questions of Native sovereignty and community-based research methodologies when it comes to indigenous language education. Her current book project is entitled "Speaking Sovereign: Language Revitalization and Education on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation." To learn more about Dr. Hauff and her research and language work please visit her website.
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Admissions

Graduate students at UCLA Department of Education benefit from — and contribute to — the resources of the country’s number one public graduate school of education.

A distinguished faculty committed to research and teaching and excellent research centers and institutes offer extraordinary opportunities for graduate endeavors. We are preparing the next generation of researchers and professionals to address some of the most pressing challenges in the field. Learn how SRM could be the right fit for you.

The Ed&IS Office of Student Services looks forward to assisting you through the application process. If we can be of service to you in any step of this process, please feel free to contact any one of our advisors.

Admission to the SRM Division is granted on a competitive basis. Review of dossiers is holistic and takes into consideration the unique combination of strengths and background of each candidate, in relation to their specific areas of interest.

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People

Our Faculty
Our faculty bring their commitment and practice to the study and practice of methods of inquiry to national editorships and to reaching broad readerships.
Jose-Felipe Martinez, associate professor
Jose-Felipe Martinez
Associate Professor; SRM Division Head
Li Cai, professor of education and psychology
Li Cai
Professor of Education (and of Psychology); Co-director, CRESST
Teresa McCarty, professor of education
Teresa McCarty
Professor of Education; Kneller Chair in Education and Anthropology

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Contact Us

Division Head

Jose-Felipe Martinez
(310) 794-1853
jfmtz@ucla.edu

Division Administrative Assistant
Division Graduate Advisor
Student Representatives

Eric Ho, Lindy Messer, Fernando Mora and Nadia Sabat Bass
ssce.ambassador@gmail.com