General FAQs

Who are the students enrolled in the MEd in MESA online program?

  • Students who want to acquire the knowledge and technical skills needed for positions in academic institutions, state and federal agencies, school districts, healthcare research settings and the testing and evaluation industry (e.g., licensure and certification boards, private and not-for-profit testing organizations).
  • Students who eventually wish to pursue doctoral studies in a MESA area.
  • PhD students in education and other fields who want to increase their research skills and enhance their career opportunities by simultaneously enrolling in the MEd in MESA online program.
  • Faculty and other professionals seeking to increase their quantitative research skills.

Who are the students enrolled in the ERM online certificate program?

  • Private and public sector workers in education, social science fields and healthcare research settings who want to upgrade their quantitative skills.
  • Graduate students from education and other fields who want additional training in quantitative methods.
  • Individuals who want to pursue a shorter and focused course of study in quantitative methods with an option to apply for the full MEd in MESA online program.

Where do graduates of the MEd in MESA online program and the ERM online certificate program work?

Recent surveys of degree programs and employment agencies show that there is high demand for quantitative and qualitative methodologists who can function effectively in a variety of research and applied settings, such as: academic institutions, research consulting firms, state and federal agencies, school districts and testing and evaluation organizations (e.g., licensure and certification boards, private and not-for-profit testing organizations). Graduates work in a variety of fields, including education, the social and behavioral sciences and healthcare research. Contact the MESA Online Admissions Team to find out more via e-mail or by phone at (866) 772-2268, option 1.

Are there any required campus visits for the MEd in MESA online program and ERM online certificate program?

No, all coursework is delivered entirely online. You will not need to travel or interrupt your work schedule for on-campus sessions.

How long does it take to complete the MEd in MESA online program?

Students must complete 32 credit hours of coursework to earn the MEd in MESA. Given that many of our students are employed full time, most students complete the MEd in MESA online program on a part-time schedule within two to three years. Students typically begin the program in the fall semester and take two courses each semester for four consecutive semesters. A plan of study can be created to take one course per semester for eight consecutive semesters. Visit the MEd in MESA Online Program Structure page of this Web Site for more information.

How long does it take to complete the ERM online certificate program?

Students must complete 12 credit hours (i.e., three, four credit-hour courses) of coursework to earn the ERM Certificate. Most students complete the program within just two to three semesters. However, the completion length of the ERM online certificate program depends on when the three courses that a student chooses to take are offered. Visit the ERM Online Certificate Program page of this Web Site for more information.

How much time should I expect to spend each week on my courses?

You can expect to spend between 8-10 hours per week on each course. Many readings can be downloaded and/or printed, so actual online time may be much less.

Can I still work and complete the MEd in MESA online program or the ERM online certificate program?

Yes. Most students maintain part-time or full-time employment while earning their MEd in MESA degree or the ERM certificate. Online learning allows you to participate anytime day or night, when your schedule allows, while still meeting due dates for assignments.

What are the degree requirements for the MEd in MESA online program?

Visit the MEd in MESA Online Program Structure page of this Web site for complete details.

What are the requirements to earn the ERM online certificate?

Visit the ERM Online Certificate Program page of this Web site for complete details.

Where can I find information about the MEd in MESA online program and ERM online certificate program courses?

Visit the MESA Online Courses page of this Web site.

When are the MEd in MESA and ERM Certificate online courses offered?

The MEd in MESA and ERM Certificate courses are offered for 16 weeks during the fall and spring semesters. For more information, visit the MESA Online Courses page of the Web site. For semester dates, please view the UIC Academic Calendar. Please note that the schedule of courses is subject to change.

Can I transfer credit from other coursework I’ve completed into the MEd in MESA online program?

You may be able to transfer graduate coursework credit hours into the MEd in MESA online program. All transfer of credit must be approved by an academic adviser in the UIC College of Education.

  • Credit earned at another academic institution (i.e., not UIC): Up to eight hours of graduate coursework may be transferred in if the courses were not taken as part of another degree program.
  • Credit earned at UIC: Up to 12 hours of graduate coursework taken at UIC may be transferred in if the courses were not taken as part of another degree program. If you have taken more than 12 credit hours as a non-degree student at UIC, you can request to transfer more hours but will need to complete an additional petition to the Graduate College. For more information, please submit an e-mail to the MESA Online Admissions Team with your transfer of credit request.

Can I transfer credit from other coursework I’ve completed into the ERM online certificate program?

Coursework taken at another institution cannot be transferred into the ERM online certificate program. If you have taken MESA Online Courses offered as part of the ERM curriculum as a non-degree student, you may be able to apply them to the certificate program. For more information, please submit an e-mail to the MESA Online Admissions Team with your request.

Can I transfer credits from the ERM online certificate program to the MEd in MESA online program?

Yes. Students who have successfully completed the ERM online certificate program may apply for admission to the MEd in MESA online program. Students must earn a minimum letter grade of “B” in all ERM courses to be eligible to transfer credits.

Note: Successful completion of the ERM online certificate program does not guarantee admission to the MEd in MESA online program. Students who have earned an ERM online certificate must still formally apply to the MEd in MESA online program. For more information, please submit an e-mail to the MESA Online Admissions Team with your request.

Can I be enrolled in the MEd in MESA online program and the ERM online certificate program at the same time?

Yes. The MEd in MESA online program would be your primary program and the ERM online certificate program would be your secondary program.

I’m not interested in earning a master’s degree or a graduate certificate, but I want to learn more about a specific topic. Can I take a single course?

Individuals who wish to take a particular course in the MEd in MESA online program or the ERM online certificate program may be able to apply to UIC as an extramural online student. Once an individual is admitted as an extramural online student, the student may register for program courses for which they have met the applicable prerequisites. However, admission under this status neither implies nor guarantees admission to the MEd in MESA online program or the ERM online certificate program. Extramural students must still formally apply and be accepted into the MEd in MESA online program or the ERM online certificate program.

For more information, please submit an e-mail to the MESA Online Admissions Team and include the courses you are interested in registering for as an extramural online student.

Note: Up to 12 semester hours of credit earned at UIC can be transferred toward the MEd in MESA online program on the condition that the student is accepted into the MEd in MESA online program.

Is the MEd in MESA online program accredited?

Yes. The University of Illinois at Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The MEd in MESA online program is also approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).

Can I audit any of the courses for the MEd in MESA online program or the ERM online certificate program?

No. Students are not permitted to audit any of the courses within the MEd in MESA online program and the ERM online certificate program.