Research, Evaluation, Statistics, Assessment Ph.D.


Degrees, minors  and certificates in Research and Educational Foundations are designed to prepare individuals to:

  • initiate or direct applied or institutional research in college, private or public agencies, and school systems
  • teach applied statistics and research methodology in institutions of higher learning
  • advise graduate and undergraduate students relative to the research process involved in theses, dissertations, and projects
  • utilize available computer packages for statistical and information processing
  • serve as consultants to agencies involved in research or evaluation

Careers may include, for example, tenure-track faculty, researchers and statisticians, grant evaluators, policy analysts, assessment specialists

News from REF and RESA
Comprehensive exam June 25-26, 2015: policies and guidelines


How to apply

REF Courses

Course Schedule
Course rotation 2014-2017

Course Sequencing
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Course Descriptions
REF Course Descriptions

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Steven Chesnut, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Thomas J. Lipscomb, Ph.D.

Richard Mohn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Thomas O’Brien, Ph.D.
Professor and Co-Chair

Kyna Shelley, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator

 Affiliated Faculty

Lilian Hill, Ph.D.
Professor and Co-Chair

Adjunct Faculty

James T. Johnson, Ph.D.
Irene Dearman, Ph.D.
David King, Ph.D.
Stephen Thorpe, Ph.D.

Contact us
Program Coordinator
Kyna Shelley, Ph.D.

Administrative Assistant
Barbara Eyer
Educational Studies and Research

135 Owings-McQuagge Hall
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive, #5093
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001

Fax: 601.266.4233