Certificate in Institutional Research

Certificate in Institutional Research

The Certificate in Institutional Research prepares professionals for higher education careers as institutional research officers and analysts where addressing institution-related questions and problems requires:

  • Skill in program evaluation, assessment development, general research design, and applied social science statistics; and
  • Familiarity with institutional structures and operations.

The Department of Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment in coordination with the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education, provides this preparation within the highly ranked and internationally recognized Lynch School of Education. Our geographic proximity to the concentration of academic and nonprofit institutions in the Greater Boston and Northeast region—and our extraordinary alumni network—provide significant opportunities to enhance your professional career.

Curriculum


 
Course Number Course Name
ERME7460  Interpretation and Evaluation of Research
ERME7462  Assessment and Test Construction
ERME7466  Program Evaluation I
ERME7468  Introductory Statistics
ELHE7101  Higher Education in American Society
ELHE7301  Organization and Administration in Higher Education

Schedule of courses subject to change

Requirements & Timeline

The certificate may be achieved through two pathways:

  • The first option is a six course, 18 credit certificate.
  • The second pathway involves completion of the certificate as part of a Boston College master's or doctoral program.
     

The certificate requirements may be completed in one year (fall, spring, summer). Students must obtain a B or better in each course and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to be counted towards the certificate.

To be awarded the certificate, one must complete the program of study form and have it approved by the program coordinator.

 

Program Faculty & Expertise

Where do our graduates work?

American Institutes for Research

Researcher 

Northern Illinois University

Assistant Professor

Bank of America Operations

Project Analyst

Hanover Research

Research Associate

Pearson

Director of Efficacy Analytics and Studies

Cumberland County College

President

ACT Inc.

Principal Psychometrician

Measured Progress

Director, Innovation Lab

Maguire Associates

Senior Vice President of Research

Sheffield Research and Evaluation

Senior Consultant

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the MESA Department.

Application Information

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Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1
Regular Decision
December 1
Late Decision
March 1

Application Form

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A non-refundable application fee of $65 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants. To view the list of approved waivers, view the fee waiver form below.

Fee Waiver Form

Résumé

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:

  • Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
  • Any social justice related experience; 
  • Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and;
  • Any research experience or publications

 

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

 

Transcripts

Official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the registrar or relevant administrator, are required for all post-secondary education. Undergraduate transcripts are required and graduate level transcripts are accepted, but not required. Official transcripts are only required after acceptance and that unofficial copies are acceptable to be uploaded in the application.

Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Data Processing Center
P.O. Box 8027
Portsmouth, NH 03802

If you are using FedEx or UPS (as they do not ship to P.O. Boxes), please use this address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467