The Applied Research and Evaluation PSM program prepares students for applied positions focusing on research and development within educational and organizational settings. Academic settings may include research centers, institution evaluation units, and research and planning units within institutions of higher learning. Other organizational settings may include applied research and development units within the public and private sector, and units within for-profit and non-profit entities.
The program is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on expertise and experience of faculty from the Advocacy & Organizational Development program, as well as the Educational Psychology program within Temple’s College of Education and Human Development. The combination of education, experience, and expertise of faculty within these programs prepares students for a wide variety of positions in organizations and institutions of higher learning. The professional science masters (PSM) program is designed for students interested in conducting and supporting research projects and their implementation in a variety of contexts. This program represents a new initiative to address changing work expectations of what is now the “Education Industry,” which is no longer confined to the Pre-K-16 realm. Learning is now a lifelong endeavor and this program prepares students to participate fully across work environments.
Growing awareness of the importance of data-informed planning and decision-making, increased availability and ease of collection of data, and rising emphasis on accountability in a wide array of educational and organizational settings have served to increase demand for personnel with applied research knowledge, skills, and abilities across educational, non-profit, for-profit, and governmental organizations. This PSM degree offers a graduate curriculum that enables students to obtain advanced theoretical, methodological, and statistical training while simultaneously developing expertise and experience with applied research in educational and organizational settings. This degree offers two optional concentrations: Applied Educational Psychology and Organizational Research and Development. The Applied Educational Psychology concentration focuses on the development of research and evaluation skills for PreK-16 educational settings, whereas the Organizational Research and Development concentration focuses on the development of these skills for use in non-profit, for-profit, and governmental institutions.
Janice Laurence, professor of policy, organizational and leadership studies, is faculty coordinator of the Applied Research and Evaluation program.