Master of Arts in Evaluation, Measurement and Research

graphic image for evaluation, measurement, and research master of arts with a WMU WThe Master of Arts in evaluation, measurement and research in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University is designed to prepare you for staff positions in evaluation, testing or research units in schools or non-school organizations.

The program will develop practical field experience and requires basic courses in:

  • Applied statistics
  • Evaluation
  • Measurement
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods

Career opportunities

Evaluation, measurement and research graduates can work in a variety of positions in the academic, government, private or nonprofit sectors.



Applications for the Masters of Arts in evaluation, measurement, and research are accepted on an ongoing basis.


Application procedure and requirements

Within this online application applicants must include the following:

  1. Resume or curriculum vita: A resume or curriculum vita is required and must be submitted within the online application.
  2. Written statement: Please prepare a statement which covers the following information, and attach it within the online application:

    In 2-4 pages, please provide a clear statement of your prior experience and future professional goals and describe how these relate to graduate studies in the EMR program.
  3. Education history information and transcripts
    • Applicants must list all previously attended higher education institutions.
    • Applicants must submit an official transcript from every higher education institution they have ever attended (except WMU).
  4. Three Recommendations (one academic)
  5. English language proficiency scores (international applicants only)
    • As required by WMU, international applicants must provide proof of English competency, unless they have successfully completed either four years of upper secondary school or one year of full-time tertiary (university-level) education within specific countries. Click here for more information.
    • English proficiency scores may be reported within the online application system and official scores must be sent to WMU.
    • Desired minimum English language proficiency scores for this MA degree program include: 7.0 on IELTS; 233 on TOEFL (CBT), 577 on TOEFL (PBT), or a 90 on TOEFL (iBt), with the following minimum subscores on the TOEFL (iBT): 22 in reading, 20 in listening, 24 in speaking, and 24 in writing. Students not meeting these desired minimums may still apply for the program; however, lower scores will be a factor in the admissions decision.
    • Students not meeting these minimum desired scores may apply after having met the requirements for advanced-level students within WMU’s Center for English Language and Culture for International Students program (to be considered, students must pass all advanced-level classes with a final grade of “B” or better). No conditional admissions are granted for potential applicants who are enrolled in, but have not yet successfully completed, the CELCIS program.

The application does not require GRE test scores.                                 

Questions? Contact the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology graduate office at (269) 387-3893 or Linda Walters.



EMR courses are open to any WMU graduate student who has the appropriate prerequisites. However, several EMR courses typically reach capacity very quickly (EMR 6450, 6650, 6480, and 6580). Please note that for all EMR courses, the department will adhere to a priority enrollment process as follows: 1st priority = EMR students; 2nd priority = doctoral students in programs that have required EMR courses approved through the curriculum process; 3rd priority = doctoral students in the College of Education and Human Development; 4th priority = any WMU doctoral students; and, last priority = other WMU graduate students who have the appropriate prerequisites. If you need an EMR course that is already full, please add yourself to the waitlist; the waitlist is the only way we know if we need more sections. More often than not, the Grand Rapids sections of EMR courses usually have more seats available.

Core courses

Unless otherwise noted all courses are three credit hours.

    sample syllabus for EMR 6410

   Sample syllabus for EMR 6480

Total: 27 credits

Elective courses

Nine hours of coursework from a single department or program outside the evaluation, measurement and research program such as sociology, psychology or other area approved by the advisor.

Portfolio assessment

During the capstone portfolio experience, the students will develop a portfolio that shows their ability to apply the techniques from the core courses. At least one element on the portfolio must be the report of an independent piece of inquiry for submission to either a professional journal or a conference program. Portfolios must be submitted to the program faculty three months prior to an anticipated graduation date.

Total minimum credit hours for degree: 36 hours