The Master of Arts in Program Evaluation and Assessment trains students to conduct meaningful assessment in education and healthcare settings.

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.

  • 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
  • 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
    • Three professional letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement

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

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

    1. Request an Exit Audit.
    2. Apply for graduation.
    3. Submit an Exit Essay.

    Exit Audit:

    Prior to your last semester in the program, contact the program director with your UMID# requesting an Exit Audit. The audit verifies your pending completion of all course requirements and is required for graduation.

    Exit Essay:
    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 Essay is a requirement for completion of the program. Submit the exit form.

Academic Advisors

Dara Hill

Kirsten Dara Hill, Ph.D.
313-593-4769, C9 FCS

Schedule an advising appointment with Dr. Hill.

Gail Luera, academic advisor Science Education

Gail Luera, Ph.D.
313-593-3762, D5 FCS

Schedule an advising appointment with Dr. Luera.

Karen Thomas-Brown

Karen Thomas-Brown, Ph.D.
313-583-6387, C13 FCS

To schedule an advising appointment with Dr. Thomas-Brown, please email her directly.