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.

Transfer of Credit

A limit of six (6) credit hours can be transferred from a non-University of Michigan school and 15 credit hours of University of Michigan credit that are applicable to the program of study and approved by the program coordinator. Only graduate course credit hours with a grade of B or better (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) and earned in the five year period prior to acceptance into the program will be considered for transfer. Transfer credits may be requested only after admission to the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program and successful completion of eight (8) credit hours of letter-graded program coursework. A Request for Transfer of Credit form and official course descriptions and course syllabi must be submitted. Non-letter grades, e.g. pass-fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory are not eligible for transfer credit. Courses cannot be transferred for credit if: a) they were not graduate level courses; b) they were already applied in whole or in part toward a degree; c) they were taken more than five years before beginning the M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis; or d) a grade below B  (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) was earned. Enrolled students must obtain prior approval of the program coordinator to elect classes off campus.

Time Limits

All coursework toward the master's degree must be completed within five (5) consecutive years from the date of first enrollment in the Graduate School.



The Master of Arts in Program Evaluation and Assessment is a 30 credit hour degree program.  A minimum cumulative GPA of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained to continue enrollment in the program.  The program requires successful completion of the following courses: 

Required Core Coursework (select courses for 18-19 credit hours)18-19
EDB 583Program Evaluation3
or HHS 506 Program Evaluation
EDC 616Needs Assessment3
EDC 620Survey Research and Design3
EDK 500Intro to Research in Education3
EDK 623Quantitative Research Methods3-4
or HPS 510 Quantitative Research
EDK 625Qualitative Research Seminar3
Area of Focus: Education (select courses for 11-12 credit hours):
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 credit hours)
HIT 500Economics of Healthcare3
HIT 510Management of Healthcare Data3
HIT 520Clinical & Evidence Based Med3
HPS 512Principles of Epidemiology3
HPS 556Health Care and the Law3
HPS 548Comparative Health Care System3
STAT 530Applied Regression Analysis 13