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Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology (MED)

Course Description

The graduate programs in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology emphasize diverse perspectives in these core areas:
- Measurement—educational assessment, psychological measurement, construction & use of standardized tests, item response theory, cross-cultural assessment
- Evaluation—program evaluation, curriculum evaluation across the educational spectrum
- Research Methodology—quasi-experimental, hierarchical or multi-level models, analysis of growth & change, dialectics, qualitative approaches

We prepare graduate students as methodological and measurement specialists. The programs emphasize advanced research as applied to educational, psychological, health, and social contexts.

Measurement, evaluation and research methodology is an evolving field that is trans-disciplinary by nature and is at the core of many of the research activities in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, the Faculty of Education, and in many of the human and health sciences in the University. MERM classes are in high demand by students from across the Faculty of Education, including Human Kinetics, as well as Commerce, Dentistry, Forestry, Health Studies, Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Education
- Specialization: Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology
- Subject: Education
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
- Faculty: Faculty of Education

Program Overview

The graduate program in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology (MERM) offers Ph.D., M.A., and M.Ed. degrees. The MERM area focuses on the preparation of graduate students to be methodological and measurement specialists. We strive to promote in our research, student supervision, and teaching the highest standards of measurement and research methodology in our discipline. Upon degree completion, our master's and Ph.D. students are employed as university faculty, data analysts, research scientists, test developers, directors of research in school districts or government, research consultants, assessment and testing specialists in business, industry, and education, certification and credentialing professionals, and psychometricians at research and testing organizations.

MERM students generally fit into one of three categories:
1. Students who have an applied interest in educational and psychological measurement, program evaluation, or data analysis. Although they may have some preparation in measurement and data analysis in their undergraduate studies, this is not always the case. These students are more oriented toward the use of measurement, program evaluation, or data analysis techniques in fields such as education, psychology, or health.
2. Students who have strong theoretical interests in technical problems related to areas such as test theory, item response theory, assessment, statistics, factor analysis, and multi-level modeling. Although some of these students come to the Program with some statistical and/or mathematical background, often obtained while studying in another social science discipline such as psychology or sociology, other students arrive with degrees in statistics or mathematics as well.
3. Students who find it compatible with their career goals to give equal attention to both applied and theoretical aspects of this program.

Visit the Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology (MED) page on the University of British Columbia website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Tuition Award - No. of awards TBC

International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to $3,200 per annum


Students must hold a valid Student Authorization (Study Permit).

Application Procedure

Students do not need to apply, as all international students who are eligible are automatically considered for this scholarship. Awards are assigned on the Student Information System, and, once assigned, can be viewed by logging onto the Student Service Centre.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree from UBC; In addition, academic background in any domain of educational or counselling psychology, psychology, education, statistics, health, or related fields is necessary.

Course Fees

Tuition per year: Canadian $6,598.41, International $8,270.58

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