Master of Arts in Evaluation, Measurement and Research

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
  • Evaluation
  • Measurement
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods

Career opportunities

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:

  1. Complete the graduate application.
  2. 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.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all universities attended. Applicants must possess an earned baccalaureate degree.
  4. Submit resume or curriculum vitae.
  5. Complete three graduate reference forms. One reference must be academic.
  6. Optional: reprints, project reports or other relevant writing samples.

International students

Additional forms for international students.



Core courses

Unless otherwise noted all courses are three credit hours.

Total: 27 credits

Elective courses

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.

Portfolio assessment

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