Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (MESA)

Lynch School of Education


With a focus on solving critical, global problems, our Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment programs integrate state-of-the-art research design, statistical methods, and testing. Students collaborate with faculty who are active practitioners, internationally recognized for their influential work in communities.

Coursework blends theory and application, preparing students for careers in government, testing organizations, nonprofits, and schools.

Program Offerings

Undergraduate Fifth Year Program

The Fifth Year Program in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development offers qualified Boston College students a unique opportunity to begin graduate study during their undergraduate years.

MESA also offers two undergraduate courses, ideal for students who are interested in educational research and perhaps a graduate degree in our program. The following courses are available at the undergraduate level:

ERME 1060, Classroom Assessment

APSY 2216, Research Methods

Thorough and flexible, the M.Ed. in Educational Research Methodology program catalyzes rewarding careers. Graduates become leaders, transforming organizations and communities.

Quantitative specialists and vigilant researchers, alumni of the M.S. in Applied Statistics and Psychometrics program inform policy and practice around the world.

Our comprehensive Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment, Ph.D. Program can be customized to students’ interests. For more than 40 years, the program has trained students in designing research studies, developing assessment instruments, and analyzing data.


Teachers and school administrators benefit from our Certificate in Institutional Research.

Our Faculty & Expertise

20 Years of Shaping Global Policy

The Lynch School’s TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center administers the world’s longest running large-scale assessment of mathematics and science education.