Admissions - Master’s in Evaluation & Applied Research Online

How to Apply

Take the next step in your policy and management career by applying to Claremont Graduate University’s online MS in Evaluation & Applied Research.

The well-rounded curriculum of this master’s degree program emphasizes functional relevance for practicing evaluators. First and foremost, you will be trained to develop sound research methodology and to use this methodology to conduct research, analyze data, and improve the effectiveness of projects and policies within your field. Utilizing cutting-edge tools and software, you will increase your skills and qualifications for evaluation and auditing roles in government, education, global health, psychology, and/or the non-profit sector.

Benefit from the flexibility and global reach of an online program, and earn your advanced degree while keeping your current job.

Contact our enrollment team at or (844) 675-7330 if you have any questions.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Summer 2019 Fall 2019
March 22, 2019 Priority Application Deadline June 28, 2019 Priority Application Deadline
May 3, 2019 Final Application Deadline July 26, 2019 Final Application Deadline
May 20, 2019 Class Start September 3, 2019 Class Start

We are still accepting applications for our Summer cohort that begins on May 20th. Need some additional support before clicking submit? Reach out to an enrollment advisor ASAP at (844) 675-7330 or

Application Checklist

Click here to access and submit your MS in Evaluation & Applied Research application. Note that application fee waivers may be available for qualified candidates. Please reach out to your enrollment advisor for more information.

Your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) should list your relevant work experience, internships, research, awards, and/or publications, as well as educational history. This can be uploaded on the Supplemental Items Listing page in your application account.

Your Statement of Purpose is a very important part of your application. It should be carefully crafted, well-written, and approximately 2-3 pages in length. Please describe in detail:

  • Your personal and career goals
  • Relevant employment experience and achievements
  • Your reason(s) for applying to the online MS in Evaluation and Applied Research at Claremont Graduate University
  • Specific areas of interest within your desired field of study
  • Why you are a strong candidate for graduate studies at Claremont Graduate University

Please include a header or footer with your name on every page of your Statement of Purpose.

Letters should serve as written recommendations on your behalf in which recommenders share their personal evaluations of your academic performance, motivation for this program of study, intellectual capacity, and/or research and writing ability. It is recommended that you select references who are acquainted with your potential for success.

In most academic departments at CGU, references from faculty members who can speak to your academic ability are preferred. If you have substantial work experience, you may request to submit professional references. Family members or friends are not acceptable as references. Please have on hand: name, title, professional email address, phone number, and your relationship to your recommenders.

You must enter details about each recommender and indicate whether or not they will be submitting recommendations online. Those who will be submitting their recommendations online will receive an email containing instructions. Recommenders can also mail their letters of recommendation by completing the recommendation form. Should one or more of your references prefer to mail their letters of recommendation, you should download the recommendation form from your application and email it to them. Recommenders can also email their letter of recommendation to the Office of Admissions at

If you suspect that any portion of your application package may present an area of concern (i.e. poor grades), or if you would like to offer more information to the faculty regarding a unique situation (i.e. a large gap in your resume), then you should consider submitting an optional statement.

You will need to complete the academic history section in your online application. Transcripts for your completed bachelor and post-bachelor institutions (if applicable) should be entered, and must be received before your application goes to review.

Unofficial copies of transcripts can be uploaded to your application for initial review as PDF files. Upload one PDF transcript for each school that you have attended. While unofficial transcripts can be used to submit an application for review, you will not be permitted to enroll in the program until official transcripts have been sent and received by a university representative.

For international transcripts, please review our International Transcript Guidelines.

You must submit GRE or GMAT scores in order to apply to the MS in Evaluation and Applied Research program. All scores must be sent directly to CGU by your testing agency. Scores more than five years old will not meet CGU application requirements. Testing information is available from a variety of sources, including:

CGU’s institutional code for the GRE is 4053.

Students seeking to waive the GRE/GMAT requirement for the MS in Evaluation & Applied Research program can apply for a waiver based on professional experience and/or academic background. For information on applying for a waiver please contact our enrollment team at or 844-675-8605.

International Students

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all non-native English speaking applicants.

Examinations are not required for the following applicants:

  • Citizens or permanent residents of countries where English is the sole official language of instruction. e.g., Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada (except Quebec), England, Ghana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago, Uganda, and Wales.

  • Applicants who hold an undergraduate or advanced degree, or will have earned such a degree prior to enrolling at CGU, from an institution in the US or in countries where English is the sole official language of instruction (see above).

  • Applicants who have successfully completed an academic English pre-master’s or intensive graduate-bridge program from a nationally recognized, regionally accredited four-year college or university in the United States within the last two years, with submitted evidence of successful completion. Programs are subject to curriculum approval by the CGU Center for Writing & Rhetoric.

TOEFL or IELTS scores must be sent to CGU directly by the testing agency. Self-reported scores are not accepted. Scores older than two years are also not accepted. CGU’s school code for the TOEFL exam is 4053.

A minimum TOEFL score of 95 iBT, or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with no sub-score lower than 6.5, is required for admission.

Learn more about CGU’s English Proficiency Guidelines.

If you will be submitting an international transcript, be sure to follow these guidelines regarding degree verification, translation, in-process transcripts, and official document submission.

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