Program Evaluation and Assessment

The Master of Arts in Program Evaluation and Assessment is designed to prepare students for positions in assessment and evaluation particularly in educational settings or healthcare organizations. With an increasing emphasis on accountability, the demand for assessment and program evaluation is high in many fields.  The curriculum will provide students with the knowledge and experience to 1: understand theories, issues, and approaches in assessment and program evaluation, 2: develop and administer formative and summative assessments and evaluation instruments, and 3: analyze and interpret assessment or evaluation results for evidence-based decision making.  Students in this program will develop these skills and knowledge with a choice of a concentration in either education or health.

The UM-Dearborn MA in Program Evaluation and Assessment is differentiated from other Michigan institutions in that it uniquely combines assessment and program evaluation with a concentration in either education or health.  The program will develop leaders who understand how issues of assessment and evaluation impact both schools and communities. Graduates will be equipped to handle the complexities of research design encountered in evaluations in institutional/organizational settings.  

Program Goals

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Program Evaluation and Assessment program will become proficient in:

1. Designing and implementing formative and summative evaluations

2. Applying evaluation theory and diverse approaches in places of practice

3. Gathering, analyzing, interpreting, and using multiple data sources to make data-evidenced decisions

4. Understanding the types of requests from stakeholders in both formal and informal settings to know how to use a range of evaluation methods for assessing and furthering organizational goals

Admission Requirements

Students must submit the follow items with their application.  The GRE is not required for admission to this program.  The Office of International Affairs lists additional admission requirements for international students.

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 3.0 GPA or higher on submitted transcripts
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

Students will be invited to participate in a group interview after their initial application materials have been reviewed.

Program of Study

Required Core 

EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
EDK 623Quantitative Research Methods3-4
or HPS 510 Quantitative Research
EDK 625Qualitative Research Seminar1
EDC 620Survey Research and Design3
EDB 583Program Evaluation3
or HHS 506 Program Evaluation
EDC 616Needs Assessment3

Please select on area of focus: Education or Health

Area of Focus: Education (Select Courses 11-12 Cr. Hrs.)
EDC 505Adult Lrning:Theory & Practice3
EDC 545Develop Assess of Young Child3
EDC 555Assmt: Sec Lang Learning K-122
EDC 556Learning & Classrm Assessment3
EDC 560Rdg:Diag/Assessment Tech K-123
EDC 630Portfolio and Performance3
EDC 645Transdisc Appr: Assess/Collab3
EDN 503Assessment of the Learner3
Area of Focus: Health (select Courses for 12 Cr. Hrs.)
HIT 500Economics of Healthcare3
HIT 510Management of Healthcare Data3
HIT 520Clinical & Evidence Based Med3
HPS 556Health Care and the Law3
HPS 548Comparative Health Care System3
STAT 530Applied Regression Analysis 13

STAT 530 requires an undergraduate course in statistics.

Total Hours for Degree: 30