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Assessment program

Research and Evaluation Methods – Assessment, MA

School of Education and Human Development

Contemporary teachers design their students’ learning experiences based upon knowing each and every learner in their classroom through formative and summative assessments. CU Denver’s online Master of Arts in Research and Evaluation Methods with a concentration in Assessment provides an opportunity for anyone in schools to develop expertise and skills to conduct an assessment to better inform educational practice.


Program Details

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.

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at the University of Colorado is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.

The tuition amount assessed is determined based on which University of Colorado campus, school, or college is offering your degree program, as well as if it is at the undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for more information.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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


Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student or an international student.

Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.

I love teaching research and analysis here in SEHD because I get to work with and train current practitioners in assessment and how to think like a researcher. Together, we can have a greater, positive impact on educational practice!

Courtney Donovan, Clinical Assistant Professor

Courtney Donovan Clinical Assistant Professor University of Colorado Research and Evaluation Assessment

Career Paths

Students acquire skills necessary for a variety of roles that involve data-driven decisions. Students are prepared to facilitate decision-making based on evidence. Some students pursue the degree to enhance their skills as classroom teachers. Others work in environments where information and data from different sources are used to make informed decisions.

  • Assessment coordinator
  • Professional development coordinator
  • Director of assessment and accreditation office
  • Program evaluator


Courses at CU Denver are offered three times a year — fall, spring and summer. Not all courses are available every semester. For most programs, courses last 15 weeks, plus one week for finals. This is a big commitment, but we believe the extra time you spend dedicated to your studies pays off!

Example Courses

RSEM 5120 - Introduction to Research Methods 
This is a survey course that examines the purposes of research, the methods of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research, and the processes involved in research studies. The primary aims of this course are to improve your skills as an informed consumer of research and to provide you with the skills to conduct your own research.

RSEM 6100 - Methods of Qualitative Inquiry
Prepares graduate students to conduct field research employing qualitative methods and perspectives. Students become familiar with evolving theoretical and methodological perspectives in qualitative research drawn from anthropology, clinical psychology, sociology and education. Students apply techniques of qualitative data collections and analysis in a pilot investigation.

RSEM 7050 - Methods of Survey Research
Covers the purposes and methods of survey research. Topics included are: goals and uses of survey research, data collection methods, questionnaire and interview protocol design, reliability and validity of data collection methods, sampling, ways to reduce error in data collection and sampling, data analysis techniques commonly used in survey research studies, interpreting and reporting results, and ethical issues. Students design and conduct a survey as part of the course requirements.