Doctor of Philosophy in Evaluation, Measurement and Research

The Ph.D. program in evaluation, measurement and research in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University is designed for highly qualified students to prepare them as evaluators, assessment specialists, or researchers for leadership and teaching positions in schools, non-school organizations, institutions of higher education and government.

The program requires at least three courses each in evaluation, measurement and research design and statistics. Courses are also required in the areas of qualitative research methods and foundations of inquiry. A 27-credit hour emphasis in some applied area of inquiry is also required. Some examples of a cognate are policy studies, assessment, computer applications or statistics. During their time in the program students will often co-author articles developed with their internship mentor. Students also participate in an internship that provides opportunities to work under the direction of a senior evaluator, measurement specialist or researcher.  Students are also encouraged to submit proposals for presentations at professional state and national conferences, and to attend such conferences. Student may enter the doctoral program after completing a master's degree in a related field such as research methods or directly upon completion of a bachelor's degree.


Core comprehensive exam information

Dates to be announced.

Career opportunities

  • Assessment specialist
  • Data analyst
  • Evaluation coordinator
  • External evaluator
  • Internal evaluator
  • Measurement consultant
  • Monitoring specialist
  • Policy associate
  • Program officer
  • Project manager
  • Quality assurance manager
  • Research analyst
  • Statistical programmer


Graduate college forms (including forms for theses, specialist projects, dissertations and financial assistance).


The following requirements will lead to a doctoral degree in evaluation, measurement and research:

  • Concentration portfolio must be submitted to evaluation, measurement and research program faculty for review prior to enrollment in advanced seminar.
  • Continuous enrollment of at least six hours for all fall and spring semesters.
  • Must pass doctoral exams written by evaluation, measurement and research program faculty covering all of the pre-doctoral core content. Exams are offered twice a year.
  • Must possess an earned baccalaureate degree.
  • Must satisfy all department and graduate college requirements for admission and graduation.


Unless otherwise noted all courses are three credit hours.

Pre-doctoral core

Total: 24 credits

Doctoral core

  • EMR 6510: Advanced Application of Measurement Methods
  • EMR 6520: Evaluation Practicum
  • EMR 6550: Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Design for Applied Research and Evaluation
  • EMR 6580: Qualitative Research Practicum
  • EMR 6650: General Linear Models

Total: 15 credits

Advanced seminar in concentration area (select one course)

  • EMR 6600: Advanced Seminar in Research
  • EMR 6610: Advanced Seminar in Measurement
  • EMR 6620: Advanced Seminar in Evaluation

Total: three credits

Professional field experience

(Must register for a three-hour and a six-hour block)

  • EMR 7120: Professional Field Experience
  • EMR 7120: Professional Field Experience, six credits

Total: nine credits

Dissertation research

  • EMR 7300: Doctoral Dissertation, minimum of 15 hours

Total: 15 credits


  • EMR 6750: Applied Multivariate Statistics
  • EMR 6970: Special Topics (Topics change each term)
    (e.g., Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Structural Equation Modeling, Qualitative Tools)

Total: nine credits


  • 18 hours of coursework approved by advisor

Program total: 93 credits