Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (MESA)

With a focus on solving critical, global problems, our Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (MESA) programs integrate state-of-the-art research design, statistical methods, and testing. Our coursework blends theory and application, preparing students for careers in government, testing organizations, nonprofits, and schools.



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Applied Statistics & Psychometrics, M.S.
<h3>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS</h3> <ul><li>Exposure to the latest trends in psychometric theory and research.</li><li>Internships with national organizations such as ACT, ETS, and Cognia.</li><li>Coursework focused on organizational, educational, and behavioral improvement and equity through evidence-based research.</li></ul>
<p>Use advanced data analysis and statistical expertise to improve evidence-based organizational decision-making and practices. </p>
Educational Researcher Educational Consultant Principal Psychometrician Project Analyst Educator Institutional Researcher
Data Science, M.S.
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </b></h3> <ul><li>Approach data science with a human-centered mindset by centering ethics, bias, and security and privacy issues that can influence findings and subsequent decision-making.<br /> </li><li>An online part-time program designed for students to leave the program with evidence of their skills by having a body of work to show employers through a capstone project.</li><li>Opportunities to learn in small class sizes and interactive programming incorporating discussions, reflections, and case studies.</li></ul> <p> </p>
<p>Apply technical methods and consulting skills to address the needs of organizations and communities, preparing both experienced professionals and recent college graduates for rewarding careers in one of the world’s fastest-growing fields.<br /> </p>
Data Scientist Machine Learning Engineer Data Engineer Data Analyst/Consultant Business Intelligence Analyst Research Scientist
Early Childhood Policy and Leadership Certificate
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </b></h3> <ul><li>Complete a three-course certificate in Early Childhood Policy and Leadership, including courses in the science of early childhood development; program and policy development and evaluation; and leadership, advocacy, and partnerships.</li><li>Participate in monthly seminars, targeting key issues related to early childhood research, practice, policy, advocacy, and leadership over the course of three semesters. </li><li>Complete a three-month, paid summer internship in a local, national, or international setting to solidify skills in policy development and analysis, leadership, advocacy, or research translation in the early childhood field.</li><li>Translate learning from the internship and certificate courses by completing a capstone project, such as a policy brief, academic paper, or policy analysis.<br /> </li></ul> <p> </p>
<p>Develop a deep understanding of the science of early childhood development and the policies and systems that intersect with young children and their families.<br /> </p>
Institutional Research Certificate
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </b></h3> <ul><li>Program combines foundational courses in higher education administration with the MESA department&#39;s strength in data analysis, evaluation, and research design. </li><li>Quantitative and qualitative research methods coursework are included.</li></ul> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
<p>Prepare for a career in higher education as an institutional research officer or analyst by helping schools address institution-related questions and problems.</p>
Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, & Assessment, Ph.D.
<h3><strong>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS </strong></h3> <ul><li>Examine institutional programs, design quantitative research studies, develop assessment instruments, and analyze organizational data to help inform policy-making.</li><li>Research Assistantships drive students to produce conference presentations, publications, and consulting opportunities.</li><li>Opportunities to collaborate on research with faculty to better integrate theory and practice.</li></ul> <p> </p> <p> </p>
<p>Hone research methodology and data analysis skills to inform policy-making in education and other critical areas.</p>
Professor Researcher Director of Efficacy Analytics and Studies Senior Vice President of Research Director of Innovations Lab
Research and Evaluation Methods, M.A.
<h3>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS</h3> <ul><li>Students have hands-on opportunities to work on applied research and evaluation projects in a variety of settings including K-12 and higher education, social services, and public health. </li><li>Learn ways to develop and conduct studies that honor the perspectives and experiences of marginalized populations. </li><li>Wide selection of electives make the program customizable for each student. </li></ul> <p> </p>
<p>Develop data-driven skills to improve organizational decision-making and conduct vital evaluations to examine processes and outcomes.</p>
Educational Researcher Educator Data Analyst Evaluation Specialist Consultant Institutional Researcher
Undergraduate Minor: Research, Evaluation and Measurement
<h3><b>PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS</b></h3> <ul><li>The Lynch School of Education and Human Development (LSEHD) Research, Evaluation, and Measurement minor consists of 18 credits, 12 of which may not simultaneously be counted toward the BC core or other major/minor requirements.</li><li>The Research, Evaluation, and Measurement minor is designed to prepare students to design high-quality research studies, conduct rigorous statistical analyses, build valid survey and test instruments, and evaluate programs and policies. </li><li>This minor will develop students&#39; understanding of research and evaluation methods, and capacity to advance knowledge in ways that enhance the human condition and make the world more just.</li></ul>
<p>Advance your understanding of research, evaluation and measurement tools and practices. </p>
Educational Researcher Educator Data Analyst


Internationally recognized faculty integrate interdisciplinary theory with the most current evidence-based practices.

Faculty Accepting Doctoral Students

Retired Faculty


Research Centers

The national and international demand for sophisticated education researchers is reflected through the two world-renowned MESA-affiliated research centers.

TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center

A global leader in educational assessments: Trends in Mathematics and Science Study and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study.

Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy

CSTEEP strengthens school assessment practice and policy with research, engagement, and advocacy.


Contributing to national and international efforts to solve critical educational and human problems in a diverse global community


  • Business Analyst
  • Chief Data Strategist
  • Chief Research Officer
  • Director of Assessment and Accreditation
  • Director of Institutional Research Insights and Outcomes Specialist
  • Policy Advisor
  • Research Specialist
  • Senior Principal of Research & Evaluation
  • Software Engineer
  • Vice President of Strategic Planning


  • American Institute for Research (AIR)
  • Education Development Center
  • Fidelity Investments 
  • Hanover Research
  • Horizons for Homeless Children
  • MA Department of Education
  • Maguire Associates
  • Microsoft
  • Pearson
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • Villanova University 


Student Research

Guided by world-class faculty, MESA Ph.D. students develop the inquiry skills needed to produce relevant and insightful research.

Ph.D. Student Dissertations



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