Ph.D. in OLPD
Evaluation Studies

Become an expert in program evaluation. This Evaluation Studies (ES) track program equips you with the knowledge, experience, and resourcefulness needed to be a professional evaluator, evaluation researcher, or educator in a variety of settings.

In this program, you will hone an interdisciplinary set of skills for designing and implementing effective evaluation strategies. Through advanced research techniques, you will be able to quickly and astutely discern issues in processes and systems, develop incisive solutions to bottlenecks and roadblocks, and manage organizational paradoxes with confidence.

About our students

I am driven to help nonprofits understand significance of their work. As an evaluation researcher, I want to build culturally rooted evaluation processes for the communities and nonprofit that can help them learn from their work and thrive in the future.

Satlaj Dighe
Evaluation Studies

Satlaj is working on early academic skill development of children in Ethiopia and evaluating Check & Connect – a program promoting school success of disabled youth from African American and American Indian communities. Her Ph.D. thesis is on the topic of evaluation capacity building of community based health organizations in India.


You will gain experience in a full array of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods, and you will sharpen your skills in designing evaluation studies, data collection,data analysis, and how to effectively communicate results to improve policies and programs.. Through new and ongoing organizational partnerships, you will work in real-life evaluation cases and get hands-on experience.

Doctoral students in Evaluation Studies gain the capacity to:

  • Teach evaluation and research methods courses.
  • Serve as lead evaluators and consultants on evaluation and research methodology and program design.
  • Measure both the economic and social impact of public policies and programs.
  • Communicate the value, vision, possible strengths and potential flaws of a project with clarity and precision.
  • Conduct original research on evaluation theory and practice in a range of contexts.


  • Program evaluation specialist
  • Director of institutional research
  • President/CEO of consulting firm
  • University professor
  • Senior behavioral scientist
  • Senior organizational development specialist


  • 72 credits completed in 3-5 years for full time students
  • Curriculum


Jeremy Hernandez
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
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