Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation (Master Degree)


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Master Degree

How long you will study
2 Years

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About Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation at Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo

In everyday life, work, sports, and in research, we are constantly comparing and ranking people and their achievements. You are and have been tested, assessed, and evaluated throughout your life.

Is test construction merely an art, or is there also some science behind it?

The Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation programme intends to train inquisitive students to become measurement specialists in the social and behavioral sciences. The programme offers rigorous training in research methods and data analysis using the free software environment R for statistical computing and graphics.


Measurement is the cornerstone of science and evidence-based practice. In the social sciences, we face the challenge of measuring human behavior, thoughts, opinions, learning, performance, and so much more. This is not an easy task and therefore proper measurement methodology and measurement instruments are crucial. A focus on evaluating the two key quality criteria for measurement instruments – reliability & validity – runs as a leading thread throughout the master's programme.    


Assessment refers to a wide variety of methods and measurement tools used for multiple purposes:

  • Assessment of learning involves measurement of learning and achievement against set standards. It can happen on the individual, institutional or system level and often ends up producing a summary of performance in terms of score, rank or grade, for example used in selection and admission decisions or for monitoring purposes.
  • Assessment for learning involves gathering evidence about individuals' knowledge, understanding, and skills, throughout the teaching and learning process to inform instruction practices. It usually has a more formative nature as the focus is often on developing effective instruction and providing diagnostic feedback to individuals.
  • Assessment as learning involves individuals actively monitoring their own learning and using a range of strategies (e.g., peer and self-assessment and reflection) to decide what they know and can do and what they need to learn next. This is an approach often taken by autonomous learning technology programs


Data on these types of assessments can be and are systematically collected, analysed, and used to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of various interventions, policy changes, programs, and project innovations in education and business alike. The types of assessments span the whole spectrum, from small-scale diagnostic or in-class tests to on-the-job assessment centers, university admission tests, government job recruiting exams, large-scale national standardized examinations, or international surveys that compare different countries.

As assessments and evaluations have become essential in evidence-based education and business, there is a growing demand from both public and private sectors for professionals that bridge the field of academic research and professional practice when working with assessments and evaluations that drive evidence-based decision making. Highly specialized training is necessary for soundly developing, administering, analysing, and reporting the results from any assessment or evaluation.

International and Actively Connected

This master's programme brings together students, teachers, and partner organisations from across the world.

  • Courses are taught in English
  • The academic staff come from many different countries across the continents. This allows us to give you a Norwegian, a Nordic, and an international perspective on assessment, measurement and evaluation.
  • Through the overarching research centre CEMO, this academic programme connects with activities, applications, and partner organizations in government & industry. For some master's students, it will be possible to collaborate with one of these partners while writing your thesis.

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  • The awardMaster DegreeHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
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Notes about fees for this course

The University of Oslo is a publicly funded university and charges no application or tuition fees. This also applies to international students, no matter which country you come from.

Some international applicants (citizens outside the EU/EEA/EFTA), however, must document their financial ability in order to be granted a residence permit to study in Norway.

Entry requirements

Application deadlines

Applicants residing in Norway and Nordic citizens:

  • The application portal opens 1 February
  • The application deadline is 15 April 

Applicants from EU/EEA and Swiss citizens:

  • The application portal opens 1 February
  • The application deadline is 1 March

Applicants from outside EU/EEA and Switzerland:

  • The application portal opens 15 October
  • The application deadline is 15 November

Study programme starst in August every year.

Answer three questions in our admission guide to get:

  • your application deadline
  • admission requirements
  • which documents to submit
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What students think about Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo

    Wanted to become an expert in higher education

    Enzo N. Rossi completed his Master's degree in Higher Education in 2015. Today he works as an external consultant for the University of Oslo's Department of Informatics in their project DHIS2 (District Health Information Software). 

    - In my current job, the degree from UiO is going to be especially useful moving forward. The company I work for are expanding into the area of education, and my specific knowledge of that sector is definitely going to be beneficial. 

    After moving to Norway and completing his degree, Enzo has a lot of good memories from his years at UiO. 

    - My classmates were total stars! I learned a lot from them and their varied backgrounds. I feel like I made many friends through getting involved with student life and events, so I definitely recommend doing that, Enzo tells us.


    For people with an analytical mindset that are looking for a new challenge

    Oscar Skovdahl Jørstad completed his Master's degree in Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation in 2020, he now works at The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training. 

    This program suits people who have an analytical mindset and are looking for a challenge. You can be part of a field that is not quite mainstream yet and still growing. You will acquire skills that are sought after by a growing number of workplaces.

    I feel really lucky to get such a relevant job. I am now working with what I studied in the program.

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