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OLPD M.A. curriculum
Evaluation Studies

M.A. students choose between Plan A and Plan B options. Plan A students register for thesis credits, write a master's thesis, and meet with their committee members for an oral defense of the thesis. Plan B students write a final examination paper that they submit to their committee members for review and approval. The accelerated Plan B option is designed to be completed in one year rather than two years for the traditional program.

Plan A | Plan B (traditional and accelerated)

Plan A (31-32 credits)

Program core (6 credits)

Take a minimum of 6 credits from the following:

  • OLPD 5501—Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5502—Theory and Models of Evaluation (3 cr)
    OR OLPD 8502—Program Evaluation Theory and Models: Qualitative and Quantitative Alternatives (3 cr)

Research design and methods (6 credits minimum)

Two qualitative methods courses selected in consultation with adviser.

Related fields (6 credits taken outside ES)

The master’s degree requires at least 6 semester credits to be taken outside the ES program track that directly relate to the student’s area of study. These courses should be selected in consultation with the adviser and should constitute a solid coursework foundation for the student’s thesis. These courses may include additional methods courses taught outside the department.

Such as:

  • EPSY 5261—Introductory Statistical Methods (3 cr) or comparable stats course required
  • One additional EPsy measurement or methods course

Electives (3 credits minimum)

At least 3 credits selected in consultation with adviser to meet 31-32 total credit requirement.

Thesis credits (10 credits)

Take 10 or more credits of the following:

  • OLPD 8777—Thesis Credits: Master's (10 cr)

Plan B (30-32 credits)

Program core (9 credits)

  • OLPD 5501—Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5521—Cost and Economic Analysis in Educational Evaluation (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5502—Theory and Models of Evaluation (3 cr)
    OR OLPD 8502—Program Evaluation Theory and Models: Qualitative and Quantitative Alternatives (3 cr)

Research design and methods (6 credits minimum)

  • Two qualitative methods courses selected in consultation with adviser.

Related fields (6 credits taken outside ES)

The master’s degree requires at least 6 semester credits be taken outside the ES program track that directly relate to the student’s area of study. Courses should be selected in consultation with the adviser and should constitute a solid coursework foundation for the student’s thesis. These courses may include additional methods courses taught outside the department.

Electives (6-7 credits)

Coursework related to the student's specialization, selected in consultation with the adviser. This will total 6-7 credits for students in the one-year or two-year program. These may be OLPD or outside courses.

Colloquium paper (3-6 credits)

Total of 120 hours of work required. Students in the two-year program must take 3 or more credits of OLPD 5095. Students in the one-year program must take a total of 6 cr of OLPD 5087 or OLPD 5095 over 3 semesters with adviser approval (three of those credits will count towards the Electives requirement).

  • OLPD 5087—MA Research Seminar (1-3 cr)
    OR OLPD 5095—Problems: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (1-3 cr)

Contact

David R. Johnson, Coordinator
Evaluation Studies
612-624-1062 | johns006@umn.edu