M.S. in Educational Research, Evaluation and Assessment

About the Program

Are you interested in educational assessment, evaluation and research? Do you want to complete a Master of Science degree in a completely online format, on your own schedule? If so, this program is for you. You'll learn to plan educational evaluations, interpret qualitative and statistical data analytic procedures, and ultimately relate the findings to educational and social science policy. This program is designed to advance your knowledge, both theory and practice, of assessment, evaluation and research.

This program has been rated a top-five program for the last six years by US News & World Report.


Advanced Quantitative Methods Area of Study

This area of study prepares you for a career as a data analyst and statistician in educational, business and professional settings, as well as in governmental agencies.

Assessment Area of Study

The assessment area of study furthers your knowledge of the theory and practice of assessment. This specialization also provides opportunities for teacher professional development.

Program Evaluation Area of Study

This area of study prepares you for a career as an evaluator for school districts, business and professional organizations, culturally based institutions, and military and government agencies.

Information about specific course requirements can be found in the NIU course catalog.

Applying to the Program

Start your application now with the NIU Graduate School.


Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Online master's degree
College: College of Education, Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
Credits Required: 36 credits
Tuition per Credit: $505.00 (Learn more about tuition and fees)

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Application Deadlines

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Deadline
Fall August 15
Spring December 13

For international students living abroad

Term Deadline
Fall October 1
Spring December 1



Contact advisor Judy Puskar at jpuskar@niu.edu or 815-753-6085.

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