Professional Science Master’s in Applied Research and Evaluation

Obtain advanced theoretical, methodological and statistical training while developing expertise in applied research with the Professional Science Master’​s (PSM) in Applied Research and Evaluation in Temple’s College of Education and Human Development. In this 30-credit, interdisciplinary master’s degree program, students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct applied research and evaluation studies in professional educational and organizational settings. 

Drawing on the expertise and experience of faculty in the College of Education and Human Development, Applied Research and Evaluation PSM students form a sophisticated understanding of research design and methodology, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and interdisciplinary approaches to research execution.

You’ll have the opportunity to tailor your studies through one of two concentrations. You’ll also work individually and collaboratively in applied research, implementing studies and reporting results. Gain experience in 

  • analyzing complex quantitative and qualitative data, 
  • formulating hypotheses and creating data collection protocols, 
  • preparing technical reports and presentations, and more. 

Through the curriculum, students use conceptual and theoretical frameworks in the social and behavioral sciences to address applied problems in organizational and educational environments. Foundational knowledge in educational and organizational theory, research design, and data analysis leads to real-world professional experiences, field placements and internships, and/or supervised research apprenticeships

The Applied Research and Evaluation PSM is designed to train the next generation of applied researchers across educational, for-profit, governmental and nonprofit organizations. Graduates are prepared to meet a demand in these organizations for professionals with applied research expertise due to a growing emphasis on data-driven decision-making and accountability.


You can focus on Applied Research and Evaluation or you can take one of the following concentrations.

  • Applied Educational Psychology

    Develop the research and evaluation skills necessary to conduct studies with children in prekindergarten classrooms through age 16. Students learn to improve the academic and social outcomes for school-age children, adolescents and their families by studying how children develop and learn in several key areas across their lifespan.

  • Organizational Research and Development

    Form research and evaluation skills for use in nonprofit, for-profit and governmental institutions. You’ll discover advances in research methods and ideas that lead to innovative solutions so organizations can create more successful and sustainable approaches to change.

Program Format & Curriculum

The Applied Research and Evaluation PSM program can be completed on Temple’s Main Campus, on a full- or part-time basis. The program is designed to be completed in two years as a full-time student or up to four years as a part-time student.

Students electing to complete the program without a concentration are required to choose three College of Education and Human Development electives in consultation with their academic advisor. Students in the Organizational Research and Development concentration are required to enroll in Organizational Development and then choose two approved organizational research and development electives.

Courses you will take as part of the Applied Research and Evaluation PSM curriculum include the following.

  • Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • Introduction to Research Design
  • Philosophical Foundations of Educational Research
  • Quantitative Analysis Part I

Learn more about courses within the Applied Research and Evaluation PSM curriculum.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Professional Science Master's offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,053.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,449.00 per credit

View the full cost of attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.


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