Applied Research and Evaluation PSM courses emphasize foundational knowledge in research theory as well as quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis. The curriculum prepares students for the program’s culminating events, which are a field placement or internship experience and a supervised research apprenticeship. Through these requirements, students apply their studies in real-world, professional organizations.


The Applied Research and Evaluation PSM is designed for students interested in conducting and supporting research projects and their implementation in a variety of contexts. The program prepares students for positions that focus on applied research and development within educational and organizational settings.

Academic settings may include research centers, institution evaluation units, and research and planning units within higher education. Other organizational settings may include applied research and development units within the public and private sector, and units within for-profit and nonprofit entities.

Graduates may pursue careers as a

  • chief evaluation officer,
  • evaluation and research manager, 
  • evaluation consultant, 
  • inspector general,
  • monitoring and evaluation analyst, 
  • outcomes specialist, 
  • research analyst, 
  • research strategy analyst, 
  • senior research analyst, and more.

Career Services


Career opportunities and mid-career salaries for the Applied Research and Evaluation PSM may include the following examples.


Median Salary*

Business Intelligence Analysts


Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

$92,880.00 (2019)

Survey Researchers

$59,170.00 (2019)

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) as of February 17, 2021.