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Online Master of Education in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics and Assessment (MESA)

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Application Deadline June 5, 2024
Start Classes June 12, 2024
Completion Time In as few as 12 months
Credit Hours 32 (8 courses)
Tuition $793 per credit hour
Degree Type 100% Online Master's

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The online Master of Education in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics and Assessment (MESA) degree provides you with a blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on application of new skills. The program teaches you to determine the best method to collect data, how to consider multiple avenues to analyze data, and how to interpret and effectively communicate the data. Full-time students can complete the program in 12 months. Part-time students can complete the program in 24 months.

The curriculum is designed for students interested in research positions in a variety of settings including;

  • school districts,
  • academic institutions,
  • federal, state and local agencies
  • public and private testing organizations including licensure and certification boards and
  • medical and health care organizations.

The curriculum is also well suited for students pursuing a PhD in education or other research-intensive fields.

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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

Our graduates have worked in the following organizations:

Institutions of Higher Education

  • Carnegie Mellon, Chicago State University, Elgin Community College, DePaul University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Loyola University Chicago, Northern Kentucky, Illinois College

Private sector organizations

  • National Academy of Education, eBay, Kaplan University, K12, Pacific Metrics, Pearson Vue, Northwest Evaluation Association, PSI Online, AIR, Measurement Incorporated, Riverside | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Westat


  • American Medical Technologists, American Nurses Credentialing Center, Dental Assisting National Board, Inc., National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists, The American Board of Family Medicine, The American Board of Ophthalmology

Federal, State, and Local Agencies

  • Arizona Department of Education, US Department of Education, US Navy, Montgomery County Public Schools, Nova Scotia Department of Education

Medical/Health Institutions

  • Roudebush VA Medical Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, Siriraj Hospital, Indiana University School of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University


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The employment outlook for MESA graduates is positive. Employment in occupations that mine and analyze large amounts of information and data collected (such as statisticians and other data scientists) is projected to grow by more than 30% over the next decade (2021-2031).

For jobs in the education, training, library occupation group – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – the projected employment change from 2021 – 2031 is 7% which is above the overall employment change for all occupations.

  • 30% Increase Demand for MESA graduates.

  • 31% Growth Employment of statisticians. Much faster than the average for all occupations.

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