Aug 04, 2020  
University Catalog 2017-2018 
University Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, M.A.: Option in Research and Evaluation

The Education, M.A.: Option in Research and Evaluation offers candidates the opportunity to examine theory and practice in educational research and evaluation; to participate in research or evaluation projects in school districts, non-profit organizations or at the university, and to assume leadership roles in research and evaluation. This program incorporates a specialization in research and evaluation into an existing Master’s Degree program. The program of study requires the completion of a minimum of 30 semester units. The three semester program consists of courses in program evaluation, evaluation of federal and state programs, assessment, and quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as opportunities to do field work and a culminating project or thesis or a comprehensive exam. 

Admission to the Program

In addition to university requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants must meet the conditions for classified graduate standing and satisfy the following criteria;

  • Have a 2.75 GPA in their last 60 semester units
  • Have a bachelors degree
  • Submit 2 letters of reference
  • Attend a screening interview with a faculty member

Requirements for the Degree (30 units)

A total of 30 or more units is required, with at least 17 units in 5000-level courses. A comprehensive examination or a thesis or project is required. There is a limit on credit that may be earned in variable-unit courses. See Restriction on Credit Earned in Variable Unit Courses.

Comprehensive Exam or Thesis/Project (0, 4 units):


Students should expect to take the comprehensive examination (EDFN 5960) during the Fall or Spring semester after they complete all coursework on their program and must comply with college and division requirements.

*Students who do a thesis are required to obtain advisor approval. Students who do a thesis are required to take a second course in educational research methodology such as EDFN 4520 (with adviser approval).

**May be repeated once for credit.