Northern Illinois University

College of Education

Educational Research and Evaluation


The Graduate School

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, IL 60115

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Certificate of Graduate Study in Advanced Quantitative Methodology in Education, Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Research and Evaluation

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Research and Evaluation program is designed to prepare individuals whom are broadly trained in both the theory and practice of qualitative and quantitative research, program evaluation, and assessment/measurement. Students learn to design, conduct, and evaluate educational research and evaluation studies; select and implement suitable qualitative and quantitative data analytic procedures; design and evaluate assessments and other instruments; and relate empirical findings to educational and social science policies and practices. While the program entails a comprehensive and rigorous core curriculum, students may pursue specialized areas of professional interest (e.g., advanced qualitative research design, statistical analysis) through elective courses. Such skills are highly-valued in today’s workplace. The M.S. degree combines student-centered courses with a variety of engaged learning experiences (e.g., research, internships) to provide students with a top-quality graduate experience. Students are prepared for careers as researchers, evaluators, assessment specialists, and data analysts in educational, business, government and other professional settings, as well as advanced training in social science disciplines. Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study in Advanced Quantitative Methodology in Education, Advanced Qualitative Methodology in Education, and Response to Intervention are also available. The program is offered in face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats.


Northern Illinois University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small Suburb

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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