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Application Deadline June 5, 2024
Start Classes June 12, 2024
Completion Time In as few as 6 months
Credit Hours 12 (3 courses)
Tuition $793 per credit hour
Degree Type 100% Online Certificate

Curriculum Heading link

The online graduate certificate in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics and Assessment (MESA) requires a minimum of 3 courses for a total of 12 credit hours. Students can choose to take any of the courses offered to best meet their career goals and objectives.

The curriculum for the MESA graduate certificate was designed for individuals desiring to pursue a focused course of study in research methods. Full-time students can complete the program in 6 months. Part-time students can complete the program in 9 months.

The graduate certificate program length is typically two to three semesters depending on whether students want to take 1 course or 2 courses per semester.  Students who take 2 courses per term in the first term and 1 in the second term can complete the certificate in two semesters.

All of the credit earned in the graduate certificate program can be applied to the Master of Education in MESA program.

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  1. Gain theoretical knowledge about measurement, evaluation, statistics and assessment.
  2. Apply skills to design research proposals, create an evaluation plan, analyze data using a variety of statistical models to test hypotheses, and assess the reliability of the data and the inferences drawn from the data.
  3. Gain hands-on experience with the major computer programs for quantitative and qualitative analyses and measurement construction such as SPSS, SAS, MPlus, HLM, Winsteps, Conquest, IRTPro, Parscale, eRm, Facets, R, GENOVA, and Atlas.

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  1. Measurement involves the assignment of numbers to objects (e.g., students, products, etc.) such that the numbers represent degrees or quantities of unobservable constructs such as attitudes, achievement, self-efficacy, self-esteem, quality of life, etc.
  2. Evaluation involves the systematic collection of information about the activities, characteristics and outcomes of programs to make judgments about program quality, improve program effectiveness, and/or inform decisions (e.g., about policy, curriculum, interventions, etc.), and/or inform decisions about future program development.
  3. Statistics involves learning the process that generated the data, including learning how a given variable is affected by other variables and learning about the true (population) distribution of the data.
  4. Assessment involves the processes of collecting, synthesizing, analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative information to aid in decision-making.

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Our graduates have served in the following roles:

  • Assessment Specialist
  • Certification Program Manager
  • Certification Exam/Test Developer
  • Director of Institutional Research
  • Data Analyst
  • Evaluation Consultant
  • Executive Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
  • Institutional Research Analyst
  • Research Director
  • Quantitative Research Associate
  • Senior Researcher
  • Senior Data Analytics Specialist
  • Testing Training Specialist
  • Quality Analyst
  • Quantitative Analyst
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