Master of Arts in Research and Evaluation Methods

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: MA

Classroom Type: Fully Online Online and on campus classes

Provides an opportunity for those interested in improving the quality of education in schools and community organizations, using high-quality research and evaluation, data-driven decisions, and the dissemination of evidence-based research.

Application​ deadlines

Rolling Admission

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling Social & Behavioral Sciences

Campus: CU Denver Online

What you'll learn

As a student in this program, you’ll be encouraged to examine real-world challenges impacting education and society today. You’ll learn how to address real life challenges through research and evaluation studies: from defining problems to conducting the study itself. In addition to basic coursework, you’ll develop skills using software and learn using real life data in practicums and internships.

You’ll learn to solve important assessment questions by:

  • Skillfully identifying and articulating questions to ask in urban and rural environments
  • Recognizing appropriate sources of information to collect data
  • Designing methods of data collection such as questionnaires and interview protocols
  • Analyzing data using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods
  • Using Excel, SPSS, Dedoose, Qualtrics and other data analysis software programs
  • Interpreting data and preparing presentations and reports

How it works

This program allows part-time and full-time students the ability to customize learning experiences based on their professional goals. Students can choose one or two of the certificates listed below to highlight specialized skills on the way to meeting the requirements of the 30-credit MA in Research and Evaluation Methods.

Certificate Options

Choose CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development

The School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver attracts students who are passionate about careers in educational research and evaluation. We match their passion with an education that is rooted in diversity, technology, proven approaches and real-world practice. That’s why our graduates are prepared to make immediate and life-long impacts on people, communities and the world.


The MA in Research and Evaluation Methods with a concentration in research and evaluation requires 30 credits.

Sample Courses

  • RSEM 5120 - Introduction to Research Methods 3 credits
  • RSEM 7080 - Methods of Qualitative Inquiry 3 credits
  • RSEM 6200 - Single Case Research Design for Education 3 credits
  • RSEM 7150 - Mixed Methods Research 3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:1 to 2 years

Required Credits for Completion:30

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

We practice "rolling admission" and after your application is complete, we strive to notify you of your admission status in no more than two to three weeks.

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: June 1

Spring Semester: November 1

Summer Semester: April 1

Application Requirements

  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If applying for an endorsement, proof of teaching license or special services license is required
  • Resume/CV
  • Written Statement: Describe your interest in the program, your special strengths, and the goals you hope to achieve through your work in the program
  • $50.00 application fee
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency)
  • Admissions Interview: An interview may be required as part of the admissions process. If so, applicants will be contacted with more details.

For more information, email or call 303-315-6300.

Additional Information

Our students come from a wide array of education backgrounds, usually educational and often psychological.

After gaining admission to the program, your course of study will guide you through the various competencies that are required. At the end of the program, you'll complete a practicum, an independent study project, or a master's thesis. You will need to perform satisfactorily on a written, comprehensive examination.