We are delighted that you are considering applying to an ERM graudate program. Each year, we admit a cohort of students who are amoung the next generation of leaders in research methodology, the measurement sciences, and program evaluation. We go to great efforts to facilitate the success of our students, and part of this effort begins as early as the application phase when we strive to admit students having an academic background and professional aspirations that are well-matched to the properties and expectations of the ERM programs. To help you determine whether an ERM program is the right fit for you, we have included on our website extensive information about ERM programs, careers, ERM faculty, current ERM students, and ERM alumni. If you have any questions, please contact us so that we can provide you with any additional information that would be useful to you.
We understand that applying to graduate programs can be a complicated process with numerous steps. Below, we have outlined the steps required to apply to ERM graduate programs. If you have any questions concerning the application process, please do not hesistate to contact Rachel Hill (ERM Administrative Associate) via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The M.S./Ph.D. and Ph.D. programs begin in the fall semester of each year. In order to be considered for admission to one of these programs, you are required to submit a completed application by January 15.
The M.S. Program begins in the fall semester of each year. In order to be considered for admission to this program, you are required to submit a completed application by March 1. Students admitted to the M.S. program who wish to begin taking courses during the summer prior to the fall admission date may enroll in summer courses through the Division of Continual Learning.
The application process for the M.S., M.S./Ph.D., and Ph.D. programs is completely electronic. Please follow these steps to apply online:
Additional information about the Graduate School and the admission process can be obtained by clicking here. If you have any questions about the admissions process, please contact Rachel Hill (ERM Administrative Associate) via e-mail at email@example.com.
ERM strives to obtain financial funding opportunities for as many of our students as possible. However, funding opportunities are limited, and we have a specific number of funded assistantship lines available to students. Part-time students and students employed full-time in other professional positions are not eligible for funding through ERM.
UNCG-based funding opportunities for ERM students generally come from three different sources: (a) departmental assistantships, (b) contracts and grants, and (c) other UNCG units.
Departmental Assistantships: ERM has a pre-specified number of departmental assistantships that are funded through the School of Education. These assistantships come in the form of a research assistantship (RA), a teaching assistantship (TA), a senior teaching assistantship (STA), or a graduate assistantship (GA). The responsibilities of a RA involve assisting one or more ERM faculty with research-related activities, the responsibilities of a TA involve serving as a teaching assistant for an ERM course, the responsibilities of a STA involve being the primary instructor on an ERM course with limited oversight from ERM faculty, and the responsibilities of a GA involve assisting ERM faculty and staff with a range of activities related to research, teaching, and general ERM administrative activities.
Contracts and Grants: Faculty members in ERM frequently have funding opportunities for ERM students through contracts (e.g., contracted evaluation and analysis projects). These funding opportunities typically require specific skill sets, and thus ERM students are selected for these opportunities based on a fit between the student’s skills and the needs of the project.
Other UNCG Units: Some ERM students receive funding through UNCG departments and offices outside of ERM, either in GA or RA roles.
Students who are funded may be eligible for a tuition waiver that covers the cost of tuition. These waivers can come from one of the three sources of funding described above. As was the case with financial funding, ERM strives to provide tuition waivers for as many of our students as possible.
Here are frequently asked questions about the ERM admissions process.
1. Can I enroll part-time in ERM?
While most of our students are enrolled full-time, we do have a small number of students who are enrolled on a part-time basis. Part-time students are not eligible for departmental financial funding opportunities. In addition, because some courses are offered during the day, part-time students who are employed during regular business hours must ensure that they have adequate flexibility in their schedule to allow them to meet all of the degree requirements.
2. Can I begin an ERM degree program in the spring semester?
Course sequences of ERM degree programs begin with courses offered in the fall semester, and thus beginning in the spring semester is typically not an option.
3. What is the ideal academic preparation for an ERM degree?
There is no single academic background that is ideal for students entering into ERM. Students entering the M.S. program come from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, often times being in applied fields such as education and psychology. Our M.S. degree assumes only an introductory background in statistics, and thus is well suited to individuals coming from applied fields of study. Naturally, students with previous training in mathematics and statistics will be more familiar with some of the content covered in the M.S. curriculum. However, in depth training in math or statistics is not necessary for students entering the M.S. program. Students entering the Ph.D. program also come from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, but they are expected to have previous training in statistics that is similar to that offered by ERM’s M.S. program.
4. What level of GRE® scores is required for admission to ERM?
The admissions process for ERM is highly competitive, and we consider all academic and professional accomplishments when reviewing applications. The GRE® is just one of many sources of information we consider when evaluating applications. While we do not have particular criteria for the GRE® scores, successful applicants to the Ph.D. and M.S./Ph.D. programs typically have combined Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning GRE® scores that exceed 1200 (Old Scale) and 310 (New Scale). Successful applicants to the M.S. program typically have combined Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning GRE® scores that exceed 1000 (Old Scale) and 300 (New Scale).