Michael Scriven's research fields include evaluation, philosophy of science, and computers. His 50 years of teaching have been in departments of mathematics, philosophy, psychology, the history and philosophy of science, law, evaluation, and education.

Scriven received an honors BA in Mathematics and then an honors MA in the Philosophy of Mathematical Logic at the University of Melbourne before receiving his PhD in Philosophy at Oxford University. Nearly 50 years after this PhD, Scriven received an honorary doctorate in Education from the University of Melbourne. He is the former president of the American Educational Research Association and of the American Evaluation Association, and he is the recipient of the American Evaluation Association’s Lazarsfeld Medal for contributions to evaluation theory.