Educational Research Methodology (ERM)



We are delighted that you are considering applying to an ERM graduate program. Each year, we admit a cohort of students who are among 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. We strive to admit students that have an academic background and professional aspirations that are well-matched to the properties and expectations of the ERM programs. To help you determine if an ERM program is the right fit for you, we have included on our website extensive information on our programs, faculty, current students, alumni, careers in ERM fields, and opportunities for hands-on, professional experiences through the Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS). 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 hesitate to contact Dr. Bob Henson (ERM’S Director of Graduate Studies) via e-mail at


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 December 15.

The M.S. program begins in the fall semester of each year. In order to be given priority for admission to this program, you are encouraged to submit a completed application by March 1. We do consider application submitted after March 1, but the availability of space and funding is often limited by this time in the application cycle. Review of applicants is conducted on a rolling basis and thus it is advantageous to submit your application materials prior to 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:

  1. Visit the Graduate School website at
  2. Follow the link to Prospective Students
  3. Once on the Prospective Students page, select the Apply Online option.

Additional information about the Graduate School and the admissions process can be obtained here. If you have any questions about the admissions process, please contact Dr. Bob Henson (ERM’s Director of Graduate Studies) via e-mail at

International Applicants: International Applicants are required to accompany all transcripts with a transcript evaluation conducted by an NACES-affiliated credential evaluation service. More information about this is provided below under Special Procedures for International Applicants.


We understand that finding the right graduate program is an important decision that requires a great amount of time and effort. We want to provide you with as much information as possible about our ERM graduate programs, so that you can make an informed decision about your graduate training in research methodology. We also know that our website alone may not be able to answer all of your questions about what the training and student experience is like here in ERM. As a result, we welcome your questions – please feel free to contact Dr. John Willse at with any questions you might have. And, if you would like to speak with a current ERM student about their training and experience in ERM, as well as life at UNCG and in Greensboro, please contact Dr. Willse ( and he will be happy to put you in touch with a current ERM student who can answer any questions you might have.


Students having transcripts coming from countries outside of the United States must meet two requirements with respect to their transcripts:

  • All transcripts and supporting documents must be in English
  • All transcripts must be accompanied by a “detailed” transcript evaluation conducted by a NACES-affiliated credential evaluation service, as described in more detail below

Applicants may upload transcripts and accompanying transcript evaluations in the on-line application systems. Alternatively, applicants may also mail official documents to:

The Graduate School
Attn: Admissions 241 Mossman Building
1202 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC 27412

Information about Transcript Evaluations: International Transcripts must be accompanied by a NACES-affiliated credential evaluation service, preferably Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), Educational Perspectives (EP), International Education Research Foundation (IREF), or World Education Services (WES). For any application submitted on or after June 1, 2011, the credential evaluation is required at the time of application, along with the transcripts. Applicants should expect to pay an average fee of $125 and allow up to one month for processing and delivery. Transcripts or diplomas must contain the name of the degree and date conferred; the NACES evaluation must also contain the name of the degree and the US equivalency. Applications for formally recognized UNCG Visiting Scholar or Exchange programs are exempt from this requirement.

Additional Questions for International Applicants: Additional information concerning the procedures for international applicants can be obtained from the Graduate School at If you have additional questions about the application procedures for international applications, please contact Grant Jolliff in the UNCG Graduate School at