Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment
College of Education (MC 147)
1040 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7133
Campus Location: 3145 EPASW
Program Code: 20FS5106MED; Online 20FS5105MEDU
Telephone: (312) 996-4532 for face-to-face program; (866) 772-2268, option 1 for online program
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for face-to-face program; email@example.com for online program
Web Site: http://education.uic.edu for face-to-face program; http://www.go.uic.edu/OnlineMESA for the online program
Dean: Victoria Chou
Department Chair: Kimberly Lawless
Program Coordinator: Everett Smith
Director of Graduate Studies: Theresa Thorkildsen
The MEd in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment is designed to address the current industry-wide shortage of individuals who can function effectively in educational research and applied settings by providing rigorous training in quantitative and qualitative methodologies. The MEd in MESA will address this pressing need for more trained professionals in these critical areas and will service the student population interested in upgrading their skills without having to complete a dissertation.
The primary objective of the program is to produce graduates who are well prepared to draw upon the specialized knowledge and skills acquired in the measurement, evaluation, statistics, and assessment courses they have taken, and function effectively in a variety of positions in research and applied settings. Two versions, one delivered online and the other face-to-face are offered.
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate work must be submitted. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:
- Baccalaureate Field No restrictions.
- Grade Point Average At least 2.75/4.00 for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study, and a 3.00/4.00 on all postbaccalaureate or graduate course work combined.
- Tests Required GRE General. Minimum of 1000 on combined Verbal and Quantitative (tests taken before August 2011) or minimum of 300 on combined Verbal and Quantitative (tests taken August 2011 or after).
- Minimum English Competency Test Score
- TOEFL 550 (paper-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based), or equivalent. Note: Total score is higher than the sum of the subscores. OR
- IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, or equivalent.
- Letters of Recommendation Three letters of recommendation are required.
- Personal Statement This required statement must address the applicant’s professional and scholarly goals.
- Interview If being considered for admission, the applicant will be required to participate in a face-to-face or phone interview with faculty.
- Other Requirements A College of Education application form should be submitted as well as the official university application. This program requires two packets of admissions materials. One set of transcripts and the official university application should be sent to the Graduate College Admissions Office. A second set of materials should be sent directly to the College of Education, including a copy of the official UIC application, the College of Education application, a second set of transcripts, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, and the personal statement.
- Application Deadlines The application deadlines for this program are October 1 for enrollment in spring and March 15 for enrollment in fall terms for the face to face program, and May 15th for enrollment in the online program.
In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:
- Minimum Semester Hours Required 32 hours beyond the baccalaureate, at least 9 hours must be at the 500-level, excluding independent study and thesis courses. At least 24 hours, or one-half the minimum number of semester hours of graduate work required for the degree, whichever is greater, must be earned as a degree candidate at UIC.
- Only 400- and 500-level courses can be applied to the degree. Credit toward the degree is only given for courses in which a student received a grade of A, B, C, CR, or S.
- Face-to-Face Program Course Work Research Methods Core (12 hours): ED 501, ED/EPSY 503, and EPSY 509.
- Electives: Elective hours as needed to meet the minimum 32 hours for the degree; ordinarily this is a minimum of 15 hours of electives. Students should consult their advisor for a list of approved electives in the College of Education. Other College of Education and non-College of Education courses may be selected with the approval of the advisor. Only one of these course selections may be Independent Study.
- Online Program Course Work Research Methods Core (12 hours): ED 501 or EPSY 561, ED/EPSY 503, and EPSY 509.
- Electives: Elective hours as needed to meet the minimum 32 hours for the degree; ordinarily this is a minimum of 15 hours of electives and courses are selected from EPSY 504, EPSY 505, EPSY 506, EPSY 512, EPSY 546, EPSY 553, EPSY 560, and EPSY 583. Students should consult their advisor if thesis research will be undertaken.
- Comprehensive Examination None.
- Optional Thesis or Research Project Students electing to complete an optional thesis or research project should earn a minimum of 5 hours in thesis research (EPSY 598). For a thesis involving 5 credit hours, two types of research are appropriate. The first would emphasize the ability to conduct and write up a secondary data analysis. The second would require the student to write a literature review of publishable quality on a chosen topic. This would include a thesis rationale and review of predominant methods used to investigate the phenomena of interest. For those students wanting to conduct original research, 8 credit hours will be required.