Evaluation and Measurement

The Evaluation and Measurement Program has been designed to introduce students to theories, skills, and applications in the fields of research methodology, statistical analyses, program evaluation, assessment, and measurement/psychometrics.
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Our program seeks to develop specialists who can apply their knowledge about research and measurement in a variety of settings. Emphasis on theory and application prepares students to use a variety of research approaches and techniques with a mature understanding of their rationale.


Our master’s degree program is oriented to developing educators and specialists in the areas of assessment, measurement, research design, and program evaluation. The program serves teachers and administrators seeking applied measurement, research, and evaluation skills for use in PK-12 and higher education, as well as professionals seeking careers in the areas of evaluation, research, and psychometrics.

The program offers flexibility in course offerings such that individualized plans of study can be built around the needs and career plans of each student. Additionally, students may take coursework in the program in a variety of ways:

Graduates of our master’s degree program have excelled in the following roles:

  • classroom teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators in PK12 schools
  • instructors and administrators at the college and university level
  • research and evaluation specialists for school districts
  • psychometricians at commercial test publishers
  • research and evaluation consultants for state and national organizations
  • research and statistics experts in the private sector


Our doctoral program seeks to develop specialists in a variety of research approaches and applications, statistical analyses, program evaluation, and measurement/psychometrics. Our doctoral students gain the expertise to teach courses at the college level, provide leadership in the conduct of research studies, and serve as consultants in research methodology and data analysis in education, industry, and government.

Graduates of our doctoral program have excelled in the following roles:

  • professors at the college and university level
  • research and evaluation specialists for school districts, higher education, and public and private organizations
  • assessment and measurement specialists for school districts and higher education institutions
  • psychometricians at commercial test publishers
  • research and evaluation consultants to state and national organizations
  • research and statistics experts in the private sector


The certificate is intended to satisfy professional development needs as well as preparing candidates to apply for employment in:

  • institutional research
  • student affairs assessment, or
  • academic assessment. 

The course contents were designed in consideration of ACPA's ASK Standards, the NASPA Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community Assessment Education Framework, as well as competencies identified in publications by the Association for Institutional Research. The interdisciplinary certificate is a collaborative program drawing from both Evaluation and Measurement and Higher Education Administration — students from both programs are welcome, as well as students from other disciplines.


The Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research is an 18-credit hour program through which graduate students gain expertise in qualitative research methodology. Graduate students in this program develop understandings and skills as related to designing, conducting, and assessing qualitative research. This is an interdisciplinary certificate with courses offered through many different programs throughout the university. The program is available to current Kent State master’s and doctoral students, and also as a stand-alone program for new graduate students. Current students may be able to apply course credit to both their primary program and the certificate program. Pursuing this certificate will provide valuable interdisciplinary experience in qualitative research as well as a credential for those pursuing faculty positions, grant funding, and further graduate education.


Contact Information

Dr. Jason Schenker
Program Coordinator