Research and Educational Foundations (M.S., Ph.D.)

The Research and Ed Foundations program offers both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

The M.S. is a broad-based education degree, including coursework in both Higher Education and applied research. This degree is designed for individuals who seek a terminal Master's degree outside the P-12 setting. This degree may also be appropriate preparation in applying for a doctoral degree. This is not a licensure program.

The Ph.D. degree has an emphasis in Research, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment (RESA). Qualified individuals may apply to this Ph.D. program directly without a Master's degree.

How to Apply

1. Apply online to the USM Graduate School and pay fee.

You will be prompted to request or provide the following:

2. Request Official Transcripts be sent to USM Graduate School 

3. Request GRE scores (within last 5 years) be sent to USM Graduate School

4. Request 3 letters of recommendation (from professionals who can address your readiness for graduate study)

5. Upload:Departmental document requirements below


 Letter of interest

      -should include statements regarding the applicant’s related experiences and professional goals

 Once the Application is complete,

 What to expect:

  • Once all required paperwork or documentation is submitted, each complete application will be reviewed.  
  • The Department will contact you to schedule an interview (for Ph.D.)
  • The Graduate School will notify each applicant in regard to admission status.
  • If accepted by the Graduate School, you should contact the program coordinator/director for advising before enrolling in classes.