Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (MESA)

Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (MESA)

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

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

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


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.


Current LSEHD graduate students as well as teachers and school administrators benefit from our Certificate in Institutional Research.

MESA Research Centers 

The national and international demand for sophisticated education researchers is reflected at Boston College through the two world renowned Lynch School of Education and Human Development and MESA‐affiliated research centers:

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

The TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center
The TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center conducts comparative studies in educational achievement throughout the world. Principally, the Center directs two main efforts—Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)—under the auspices of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.

Department Faculty & Expertise

MESA News and Notes