Certificate in Institutional Research

The Certificate in Institutional Research prepares professionals for higher education careers as institutional research officers and analysts where addressing institution-related questions and problems requires:

  • Skill in program evaluation, assessment development, general research design, and applied social science statistics
  • Familiarity with institutional structures and operations.

The Department of Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment in coordination with the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education, provides this preparation within the highly ranked and internationally recognized Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Our geographic proximity to the concentration of academic and nonprofit institutions in the Greater Boston and Northeast region—and our extraordinary alumni network—provide significant opportunities to enhance your professional career.

Faculty Program Coordinator

Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?


  • Courses: 6
  • Credits: 18
Course Number Course Name
ERME7460  Interpretation and Evaluation of Research
ERME7462  Assessment and Test Construction
ERME7466  Program Evaluation I
ERME7468  Introductory Statistics
ELHE7101  Higher Education in American Society
ELHE7301  Organization and Administration in Higher Education

Schedule of courses subject to change.

Requirements & Timeline

The certificate may be achieved through two pathways:

  • The first option is a six course, 18 credit certificate.
  • The second pathway involves completion of the certificate as part of a Boston College master's or doctoral program. 

The certificate requirements may be completed in one year (fall, spring, summer). Students must obtain a B or better in each course and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to be counted towards the certificate.

To be awarded the certificate, one must complete the program of study form and have it approved by the program coordinator.

Where do our graduates work?

American Institutes for Research


Northern Illinois University

Assistant Professor

Bank of America Operations

Project Analyst

Hanover Research

Research Associate


Director of Efficacy Analytics and Studies

Cumberland County College


ACT Inc.

Principal Psychometrician

Measured Progress

Director, Innovation Lab

Maguire Associates

Senior Vice President of Research

Sheffield Research and Evaluation

Senior Consultant

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the MESA Department.

Application Information




Early Decision
November 1
Regular Decision
December 1
Late Decision
March 1

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A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants.


In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include:

  • Any teaching or counseling experience (including any licenses already held);
  • Any social justice related experience; 
  • Any language skills other than English (especially Spanish language skills) and;
  • Any research experience or publications

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.


All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:

  • Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.

  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.

  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu to ensure it is received by our office. 

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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