Evaluation & Applied Research Methods

Since the late 1960s, the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University has been a leader in providing graduate education in evaluation and applied research methods for "real world" settings. Many of our more than 1000 alumni with graduate degrees from DBOS hold major positions in evaluation and applied research in government, business, health care, consulting, community settings, and at major universities across the globe.

Follow this link to see a sample of positions held by our alumni.

Click here to read about Career Opportunities in Evaluation.

CNN recently listed Evaluation in a "Top 10 List" of fields with excellent job opportunities. Follow this link to read more.

Our programs in this area have grown substantially in the last decade.  We now offer Ph.D., M.A., Certificate, and Professional Development programs in evaluation and applied research methods. 

Core and Supporting Faculty


Stewart Donaldson  Michael Scriven Tarek Azzam Tiffany Berry
Christina Christie Rebecca Eddy William Crano Dale Berger
Jason Siegel Eusebio Alvaro Michelle Bligh Maritza Salazar

Ph.D. in Evaluation & Applied Research Methods

We offer a Ph.D. concentration in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods.  This program prepares students for top leadership positions in evaluation and applied science.  We have a very generous transfer-of-units policy for students who have already earned a Master's degree from another institution.  That is, if you are applying for a Ph.D. degree you may transfer up to 24 units of relevant coursework and a Master's Thesis.

In addition, we offer Ph.D. students with primary concentrations in Psychology a sequence of evaluation courses that leads to a formal doctoral co-concentration in evaluation.

Follow this link for specific program requirements for the Ph.D. program in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods.


M.A. Evaluation Programs

We currently educate approximately 100 graduate students per year in our evaluation co-concentration masters programs. Our most popular co-concentration programs include:

  • Applied Social Psychology & Evaluation
  • Educational Evaluation
  • Organizational Behavior & Evaluation
  • Applied Cognitive Psychology & Evaluation
  • Health Behavior Research & Evaluation
  • Public Policy & Evaluation
  • Positive Developmental Psychology & Evaluation
  • Positive Organizational Psychology & Evaluation

    We also have evaluation co-concentration programs with human resources design, management, education, and public policy.  Follow this link for more information on our M.A. programs with a co-concentration in evaluation.

    We also offer several dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with other Schools at CGU, such as the M.B.A./M.A. or the M.B.A./Ph.D. program with the Drucker School of Management, and the Master's of Public Health/M.A. with the School of Community and Global Health.  

    Non-Residential Certificate Program in Evaluation

    DBOS offers select applicants a high-quality, competency-based certificate program, which can be completed from anywhere in the world.  Follow this link for details about our evaluation certificate program.

    Follow this link to download a syllabus for one of the non-residential courses, "Advanced Study in Evaluation Theory, Study, and Practice."


    Professional Development Workshops & Symposia

    DBOS offers professional development workshops in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods for those seeking continuing education.  We regularly sponsor and organize symposia that bring together leading experts from around the world to discuss cutting edge topics in applied psychological science.

    Recent volumes based on our Stauffer Symposia on Applied Psychology, Evaluating Social Programs and Problems: Visions for the New Millennium (Stewart I. Donaldson and Michael Scriven eds.) and What Constitutes Credible Evidence in Evaluation and Applied Research? (Stewart I. Donaldson, Melvin Mark, and Christina A. Christie, eds.) provide some of the most up-to-date information on the modern practice of evaluation.

    A panel of internationally recognized scholars debate "What Constitutes Credible Evidence in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods". (From left to right: Michael Scriven, Gary Henry, Leonard Bickman, Sandra Mathison, Jennifer Greene, Thomas Schwandt, and Sharon Rallis.)

    The Evaluation Debates

    We hosted a lively debate on "Using Systems Theories to Improve Evaluation Practice" with Dr. Michael Quinn Patton, Dr. Michael Scriven, Dr. Stewart Donaldson, and Dr. Bob Williams. Follow this link to learn more about how you can attend in person or watch online.

    A recent conference on "What Constitutes Credible Evidence in Evaluation and Applied Research" included a series of talks and two contentious panel discussions on the topic. Follow the link above for free streaming video footage.


    Current Students

    We currently have over 150 students engaged in evaluation through their classes, projects, and work.  Some are working on evaluation as their primary area of study, others are working on their M.A. co-concentration in evaluation, and others are working on evaluations as part of their Ph.D. studies. 


    Financial Aid

    Generous gifts to Claremont Graduate University have made it possible for us to realize our mission of making high-quality graduate education more accessible to a diverse group of students.  We are happy to report that all evaluation students who request financial aid receive fellowships.  In addition, significant increases in faculty research funding have resulted in a substantial increase in the number of stipends and the amount of tuition remission support we are able to provide.  DBOS also regularly hires students for paid teaching assistantships.  The CGU Office of Student Financing assists students with finding work study positions, private scholarships, and government loans.  At the time a student is offered admission to one of our graduate programs, DBOS faculty contact students to discuss the details of their financial aid package.


    For More Information

    Advanced CGU graduate students and faculty would be happy to provide you with more information about the field and career opportunities in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods.  To make a phone appointment or to arrange a visit to campus, please call or e-mail us at (909) 607-7151 or Kristen.Ahn@cgu.edu.


    Follow this link for many useful Evaluation resources.