Master of Education (M.A.) in Research and Evaluation Methods

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Research and Evaluation Methods 

Elevate your work with data driven evaluation and assessment

In today’s data-driven world, there is increasing demand for researchers with the data science skills to lead and conduct research and evaluation investigations that help institutions and schools enhance their decision-making procedures and ensure equitable outcomes for all stakeholders. The M.A. in Research and Evaluation Methods program at Boston College is designed to equip you with the robust background in methodology, research design, and data analysis you’ll need to help meet that demand. This training will allow you the flexibility to work in a variety of research and evaluation fields.

With a curriculum that incorporates quantitative and qualitative methods, including courses in evaluation theory and practice, you will develop strong skills in research and evaluation design, data collection and management, data analysis, report writing, and organizational communication.

In the M.A. in Research and Evaluation Methods program at Boston College, you will:

  • experience research and evaluation practice through multiple perspectives, including an emphasis on social justice. Coursework and projects will engage you in critical discussions around ways to develop and conduct studies that honor the perspectives and experiences of marginalized populations;
  • have hands-on opportunities to work on applied research and evaluation projects in a variety of settings including K-12 and higher education, psychology, social services, and public health; and
  • connect with expert Boston-area research and evaluation professionals working in leadership positions at research and evaluation firms and funding agencies.
If you’re interested in social change and in applying methodology to understand if programs are making a difference, we will give you the theoretical and practical tools to do that.
Emily Gates, Assistant Professor, Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment department

At a Glance

How many courses will I take?

This program consists of 10 courses for a total of 30 credits. 

How long is the program?

Part-time students complete the program in 2–3 years.
Full-time students can complete the program in 1 year.

When can I start?

You can begin the program in the spring, summer, or fall semester.

  Can I enroll part time?

You can enroll in the program part time or full time.


Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?


  • Courses: 10
  • Credits: 30
  • Comprehensive Exam

MESA Research Centers 

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

The TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center 

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

The Center conducts comparative studies in math, science, and reading educational achievement throughout the world under the auspices of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.

CSTEEP conducts its work on both small and large scales, working with individual schools, districts, states, as well as countries to advance educational testing practices and policy, and to improve the quality and fairness of education.


Alumni Profiles

Learn about MESA M.A. alumni careers.

Where do our graduates work?

American Institutes for Research


Northern Illinois University

Assistant Professor

Bank of America Operations

Project Analyst

Hanover Research

Research Associate


Director of Efficacy Analytics and Studies

Cumberland County College


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.

Financial Assistance

Education should level the playing field. We feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $8.4 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. 

Application Information


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Regular Decision
Rolling Admission
Until 8/1
Intl. Applicants
Until 7/1
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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants.


To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, 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.

Letters of Recommendation

Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form.

Two letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants may submit one additional recommendation of their choice. 


Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in lieu of official transcripts for the application review process. In the event that one is admitted into a program and enrolls, our office will need official transcripts prior to course registration. To expedite application processing times, our office encourages you to send unofficial transcripts electronically to our email address at GSOE@BC.EDU. Please note that unofficial transcripts must include all of the following items:

  • Course titles and grades for each course
  • Year and entry term for each of the courses listed
  • Translated into English by certified translation agent (if not already in English)
    • Original and translated transcripts must be provided

If you are able to secure official transcripts, please note the following:

  • An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.
  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.
  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in to ensure it is received by our office. 

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

Submitting GRE test scores is optional and not required for 2022 entry term(s). If you wish to send GRE scores, the Lynch School GRE code is 3218.

Writing Sample

Not required.

International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development.

Requirements for International Students

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