The Master of Arts in evaluation, measurement and research in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University is designed to prepare you for staff positions in evaluation, testing or research units in schools or non-school organizations.
The program will develop practical field experience and requires basic courses in:
- Applied statistics
- Qualitative and quantitative research methods
Evaluation, measurement and research graduates can work in a variety of positions in the academic, government, private or nonprofit sectors.
Admission to the Master of Arts in evaluation, measurement and research is on a rolling admission basis. The process:
- Complete the graduate application.
- Type your autobiographical statement, two to four pages, showing a clear and complete statement of the development of professional goals and how these goals relate to the master studies.
- Submit official transcripts from all universities attended. Applicants must possess an earned baccalaureate degree.
- Submit resume or curriculum vitae.
- Complete three graduate reference forms. One reference must be academic.
- Optional: reprints, project reports or other relevant writing samples.
Additional forms for international students.
- Application form for permission to elect 700-level courses
- Graduate course substitution form
- Program of study in evaluation measurement and research master's program
- Request to extend time to complete graduate degree program
- Graduate college forms, including forms for theses, specialist projects, and dissertations; forms for graduate financial assistance
Unless otherwise noted all courses are three credit hours.
- EMR 5400: Fundamentals of Evaluation, Measurement and Research
Sample syllabus for EMR 5400
- EMR 6410: Introduction to Measurement in the Behavioral Sciences
Sample syllabus for EMR 6410
- EMR 6420: Program Evaluation
Sample syllabus for EMR 6420
- EMR 6430: Personnel Evaluation
Sample syllabus for EMR 6430
- EMR 6450: Data Analytics I: Design Studies
Sample syllabus for EMR 6450
- EMR 6480: Qualitative Research Methods
- EMR 6500: Survey Research
Sample syllabus for EMR 6500
- EMR 6590: Contemporary Trends in Research
Sample syllabus for EMR 6590
- EMR 6790: Capstone Portfolio Project
Total: 27 credits
Nine hours of coursework from a single department or program outside the evaluation, measurement and research program such as sociology, psychology or other area approved by the advisor.
During the capstone portfolio experience, the students will develop a portfolio that shows their ability to apply the techniques from the core courses. At least one element on the portfolio must be the report of an independent piece of inquiry for submission to either a professional journal or a conference program. Portfolios must be submitted to the program faculty three months prior to an anticipated graduation date.
Total minimum credit hours for degree: 36 hours