M.A. in Program Evaluation and Assessment

An admissions moratorium has been placed on the Master of Arts in Program Evaluation and Assessment program. We are no longer accepting new students to the program.

The Master of Arts in Program Evaluation and Assessment is designed to prepare students for positions in assessment and evaluation particularly in educational settings or healthcare organizations. With an increasing emphasis on accountability, the demand for assessment and program evaluation is high in many fields. The curriculum will provide students with the knowledge and experience to understand theories, issues, and approaches in assessment and program evaluation; develop and administer formative and summative assessments and evaluation instruments, and analyze and interpret assessment or evaluation results for evidence-based decision making. Students in this program will develop these skills and knowledge with a choice of a concentration in either education or health.

The UM-Dearborn M.A. in Program Evaluation and Assessment is differentiated from other Michigan institutions in that it uniquely combines assessment and program evaluation with a concentration in either education or health. The program will develop leaders who understand how issues of assessment and evaluation impact both schools and communities. Graduates will be equipped to handle the complexities of research design encountered in evaluations in institutional/organizational settings.

What will I Learn?

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Program Evaluation and Assessment program will become proficient in:

  • Designing and implementing formative and summative evaluations
  • Applying evaluation theory and diverse approaches in places of practice
  • Gathering, analyzing, interpreting, and using multiple data sources to make data-evidenced decisions
  • Understanding the types of requests from stakeholders in both formal and informal settings to know how to use a range of evaluation methods for assessing and furthering organizational goals

Visit the University Catalog to learn more about required coursework for the M.A. in Program Evaluation and Assessment.

Admission Requirements

Students must submit the following items with their application. The GRE is not required for admission to this program. The Office of International Affairs lists additional admission requirements for international students.

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 3.0 GPA or higher on submitted transcripts
  • Two professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement

Students will be invited to participate in a group interview after their initial application materials have been reviewed.

Completion Requirements

Before exiting from the M.A. in Program Evaluation and Assessment, you need to complete two steps:

  1. Apply for graduation.
  2. Submit an Exit Survey.

Exit Survey:

The purpose of this essay is to assist the College of Education, Health, and Human Services with the evaluation of the master’s degree program and to serve as a guide for program development. The Exit Survey is a requirement for completion of the program. Submit the exit survey.

Contact Information

CEHHS Office for Student Success
262 Fairlane Center South (FCS)

Academic Advisor

Dara Hill, Ph.D.



Kirsten Dara Hill, Ph.D.


To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hill please contact:

CEHHS Office of Student Success
email: cehhs-oss@umich.edu
phone: 313-593-5090.