MS in Higher Education: Educational Assessment and Evaluation

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The MS in Higher Education: Assessment and Evaluation program is designed to teach you research and analysis skills for assessing postsecondary curricula and student learning patterns. Read more about this Kaplan University online program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Students who enroll in Kaplan University's Web-based MS in Higher Education: Assessment and Evaluation program have the opportunity to learn techniques for compiling and examining information and statistics regarding the effectiveness of college programs. More specifically, students will have the chance to study correlational, survey, and experimental research strategies. The curriculum is also designed to teach students about the organizational structure of colleges. In addition, participants will have the chance to examine internal budgeting, government funding, and financial aid issues. Other topics designed to be covered include government responsibilities and regulations regarding postsecondary institutions, institutional interests and charges, cultural diversity, and quality control.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Applicants may be already working in higher education and seek additional training in the field, though this is not required. Prior to beginning the program, students must successfully complete a course in college statistics, calculus, or algebra. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer.

What Are the Course Requirements?

With the MS in Higher Education: Assessment and Evaluation curriculum, students must complete a total of 50 credit hours. This includes 30-40 core and 10-20 specialization area credits. The program offers nonthesis and thesis tracks of study and students should check with Kaplan University to confirm their availability.

Master of Science in Higher Education with a Specialization in Assessment and Evaluation Requirements

Nonthesis Track

  • Foundations of Higher Education
  • Higher Education Laws and Regulations
  • Higher Education Organization and Governance
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Finance
  • Research Methods for Education and Instructional Technology
  • Educational Program Assessment
  • Introduction to Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
  • Quantitative Methods and Instruments for Assessment
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Student Learning Assessment Methods
    • Assessing Student Learning Online
    • Assessment of Online Learning Programs

Thesis Track

  • Foundations of Higher Education
  • Higher Education Laws and Regulations
  • Higher Education Organization and Governance
  • Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Finance
  • Research Methods for Education and Instructional Technology
  • Master's Thesis Proposal
  • Master's Thesis Defense
  • Choose two of the following:
    • Educational Program Assessment
    • Introduction to Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
    • Quantitative Methods and Instruments for Assessment
    • Student Learning Assessment Methods
    • Assessing Student Learning Online
    • Assessment of Online Learning Programs

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this Kaplan University program, you could seek work with various postsecondary institutions, including public and private junior colleges, universities, colleges, or online schools. You may also be able to find employment with education-related community organizations or business entities. You could participate in areas such as administration, curriculum assessment, policy development, or budgeting.

With a master's degree, you could be able to apply for a job as a(n):

  • College educational program specialist
  • Academic advisor
  • Assistant director of higher education

Advanced Degrees

After you've earned your MS in Higher Education: Assessment and Evaluation degree, you could pursue a related doctoral degree. Taking part in a Ph.D. program could allow you to focus on field research. By obtaining a doctoral degree, you could be able to take on additional workplace responsibilities or qualify for a wider variety of employment options.