Master of Arts in Research and Evaluation Methods, Assessment


Provides an opportunity for teachers and schools to develop the expertise and skills to conduct assessment that better informs educational practice. Graduates go on to design their students' learning experiences based upon knowing each and every learner in their classroom through formative and summative assessment.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: CU Denver Online Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 2 to 3 years Credits required for completion: 30 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

What you'll learn

As a student in this program, you’ll be encouraged to focus your creativity, imagination and intelligence on real-world challenges impacting learning environments, basing your recommendations and decisions on research findings and assessments. You’ll develop an in-depth understanding about assessment practices including development, evaluation, administration, and analysis. You'll address issues in both classroom and large-scale assessment and focus on varied forms of assessment, such as portfolios and formative assessments. You also may specialize in a content area like literacy or mathematics.

You’ll learn to solve important assessment questions by:

  • Critically analyzing various types of assessments
  • Creating your own formative and summative assessments
  • Learning how to analyze assessment data using qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Developing research and evaluation projects to address topics in educational assessment

Keeping with the school’s mission, your assessment courses will incorporate multiple perspectives, themes of equity and social justice, a focus on the needs and experiences of diverse children and youth, and implications for leadership around assessment themes in today's schools.

Our faculty and alumni provide leadership and consultation to school districts, the State of Colorado, the nation and the international community by helping institutions solve important assessment questions that inform teaching-learning processes, student achievement and educational policy. 

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 assessment. 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.

Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: June 1

Spring Semester: November 1

Summer Semester: April 1

Application Requirements

  • 3 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 Requirements

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.