Master of Education (M.Ed) in Educational Research Methodology

The M.Ed. in Educational Research Methodology focuses on a balanced curriculum of both quantitative and qualitative coursework, as well as the opportunity to explore professional interests through electives.

Several job titles of our M.Ed. alumni are: Research Analysts, Data Quality Managers, Vice President of Enrollment, Institutional Officer, Director of Admissions, Evaluation Specialist within a range of industries, and companies such as:

  • Education Development Center
  • Maguire Associates (Higher Education Consulting)
  • The Center for Effective Philanthropy  
  • ETS
  • Wellesley Public Schools

Students also benefit from multiple opportunities to engage in hands-on research. In addition to being asked to support the active research of our faculty, Boston College is also home to a number of internationally renowned research centers. 

TIMSS and PIRLS International Study Center

Center for Optimized Student Support

Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy

Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education


Financial Assistance

Education should level the playing field – we feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $7.5 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. Here’s why:

At a Glance

How many courses?

This program consists of 10 courses for a total of 30 credits. 

How long will it take?

Part time students complete the program in 2-3 years.
Full time students can complete the program in 1 year.

When can I start?

Students can begin the program in the spring, summer, or fall semesters.

  What are my options?

Students can enroll in the program part-time or full-time.


Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?


  • Courses: 10
  • Credits: 30
  • Comprehensve Exam
Course Course Title Credit
ERME7460 Interpretation and Evaluation of Research 3
ERME7462 Assessment and Test Construction 3
ERME7466 Program Evaluation I 3
ERME7467 Program Evaluation II 3
ERME7468 Introductory Statistics 3
ERME7469 Intermediate Statistics 3
ERME7565 Large Scale Assessment: Methods and Practice 3
APSY8851 Design of Qualitative Research 3
ERME8100  Master’s Comprehensive Examination  0
  Two Electives 3
  Total Credits   30

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


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Regular Decision
Rolling Admission
After 1/6/20
Regular Decision

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


To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, 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.

Letters of Recommendation

Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form.

Three letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional recommendations from supervisors.


Undergraduate transcripts are required as part of the application process and graduate transcripts are accepted, but not required. Please note the following:

  • Only official transcripts, bearing the official seal of the institution and the signature of the relevant administrator, are acceptable.
  • Copies and unofficial transcripts are not acceptable.
  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate degree at the time your transcript is sent, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.


Transcripts must be mailed to the following address:

Boston College, Lynch School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

This program does not require the GRE or any other standardized test. If you wish to submit a score report, the Lynch School code is 3218.

Writing Sample

Not required. 


International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education. Learn about requirements for international students.