M.S. in Educational Research, Evaluation and Assessment

About the Program

Our Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Research, Evaluation and Assessment program prepares professionals with broad training in the theory and practice of qualitative and quantitative research, program evaluation and assessment/measurement. You can complete the program entirely online, entirely face-to-face or in a combination. Courses are designed to be flexible to accommodate a variety of schedules with synchronous and asynchronous options.

You'll 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. Such skills are highly-valued and marketable in today's workplace.

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


Within our comprehensive and rigorous core curriculum, you can pursue specialized areas of professional interest (e.g., advanced qualitative research design, statistical analysis) through elective courses. The M.S. degree also combines student-centered courses with a variety of engaged learning experiences (e.g., research, internships) to provide a top-quality graduate school experience.

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.


  • Thomas J. Smith, Presidential Teaching Professor
  • Laura Ruth Johnson, Professor
  • Vicki Collins, Assistant Professor
  • Todd Reeves, Associate Professor
  • Cynthia Campbell, Associate Professor
  • Ximena Burgin, Assistant Professor

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: $509.75 (Learn more about tuition and fees)

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Application Deadlines

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring December 1

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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