M.A. in OLPD
Evaluation Studies

This Evaluation Studies (ES) track program prepares you with the professional experience and the theoretical knowledge for a career in program evaluation.

In this program, you will learn how to:

  • Frame and conceptualize organizational issues,
  • Assess the performance of public and nonprofit programs, and
  • Apply advanced techniques in evaluation and measurements in order to get actionable and reliable results.


Evaluation professionals bring a sophisticated toolkit of methods and models to help organizations understand what is happening in their programs and what could happen. Through organizational partnerships, you will work in real-life evaluation cases and get hands-on experience while in your program. With a master’s degree in evaluation studies, you will be able to provide specialized knowledge and skills to all kinds of professional settings, including education, governance, health care, industry, non-profits, and NGOs.


  • Program evaluator
  • Program manager
  • Program specialist
  • Program developer
  • Organizational development specialist
  • Trainer or research manager
  • Adjunct instructor
  • Behavioral scientist


  • Plan A option: 31-32 credits (with master's thesis) completed in 2 years for full time students
  • Plan B option: 30-32 credits (without thesis but with additional coursework) completed in 2 years for full time students
  • Curriculum


Jeremy Hernandez
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
612-626-9377 | herna220@umn.edu