Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment 

For more than 50 years, the Lynch School's Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (MESA) doctoral program has trained students to examine educational programs, design quantitative research studies, develop assessment instruments, and analyze educational, psychological, and social science data to help inform policy making.


Enhance your professional career with a curriculum that emphasizes research methodology and data analysis; advanced coursework in research design, statistical methods, and testing and assessment; and seminars in statistical and measurement topics. MESA students have the opportunity to tailor coursework to their particular interests and background. 

At a Glance

How many courses?

Students with a master's degree take 18 courses.

Students without a master's degree take 24 courses. 

How long will it take?

Students with a master's degree typically complete the program in 4–6 years.

Students without a master's degree typically complete the program in 5–7 years.

When can I start?

All students are full time and begin the program in the fall semester.


Applicants must demonstrate evidence of their preparation for doctoral study, typically through completion of a master's degree. Students applying for admission without a master's degree generally have a combination of research-relevant undergraduate courses, and research project and paid work experiences that convey a commitment to and skill in independent scholarship. Based on their background, students will complete the 54-credit (for students who have completed a master's degree) or 72-credit (for students entering without a master's degree) program.


  • Courses: 18 or 24
  • Credits: 54 or 74
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation

54-Credit Program (entering with a master's degree)

72-Credit Program (direct admit students entering without a master's degree)

Your Network

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. 


Financial Aid

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. 

MESA Research Centers 

Both master’s and doctoral students can work with faculty and other experts at one of the Lynch School’s internationally renowned MESA‐affiliated research centers:

TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center

The Center conducts comparative educational achievement studies in math and science (the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study or TIMSS) and reading (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study or PIRLS) under the auspices of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. 

Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy (CSTEEP)

CSTEEP is an educational research organization that conducts research on testing, evaluation, and public policy, working with individual schools, districts, states, and countries to advance educational testing practices and policy and improve the quality and fairness of education.



  • Researcher
  • Assistant Professor
  • Project Analyst
  • Research Associate
  • Director of Efficacy Analytics and Studies
  • College President
  • Principal Psychometrician
  • Director, Innovation Lab
  • Senior Vice President of Research
  • Senior Consultant


  • American Institutes for Research
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Bank of America Operations
  • Hanover Research
  • Pearson
  • Cumberland County College
  • ACT Inc.
  • Measured Progress
  • Maguire Associates
  • Sheffield Research and Evaluation



Application & Deadlines

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants.

Deadline for all applicants: December 1


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.

Three letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional recommendations from supervisors.


All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:

  • Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. 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. 

If your degree was obtained from an institution outside of the U.S. you are required to submit a course-by-course evaluation completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved evaluator. A complete list of NACES-approved evaluators is found on the Directory of NACES Members.

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

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment program will require the GRE for admission for Fall 2022. 

For more information about the GRE exam, including test dates and testing sites, visit

Lynch School of Education and Human Development GRE Code: 3218

Writing Sample

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

All applicants to this program are required to submit one piece of work that demonstrates graduate-level writing ability. This document may be an academic term paper, a published work in which you are the primary author, a training manual or curriculum that you have created, a clinical case formulation, or another representative sample of your writing. The document should be approximately 20 pages.

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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