Earn a Certificate in Evaluation from a top-tier graduate university—from anywhere in the world.

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Evaluation equips you with advanced methodologies for conducting evaluation at the intersection of theory and practice, emphasizing on-the-ground practice. In intimate cohorts with a favorable student-faculty ratio, you can build and renew your skills in the rapidly expanding field of evaluation. The certificate of advanced study in evaluation program covers the five key areas of professional evaluation:

  1. Professional Practice
  2. Methodology
  3. Context
  4. Planning and Management
  5. Interpersonal

The program culminates with a practicum experience tailored to your current practice or research interests. Whether you’re seeking to enhance your performance in your current occupation or are looking to develop new career opportunities, this concentration meets your needs with state-of-the-art training in evaluation theory, methods, practice, and research.

Program Highlights
  • Non-Residential Certificate Program in Evaluation–The Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (DBOS) offers select applicants admission to our high-quality, competency-based certificate program, which can be completed from anywhere in the world.
  • Accreditation–Claremont Graduate University is one of the only fully accredited universities to offer a certificate of advanced study in evaluation.

Program At a Glance

10 units

1–1.5 years

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring | Summer

Certificate of Advanced Study in Evaluation

Featured Courses

EVAL 310
Theory-Driven Evaluation Science

Provides you with an in-depth understanding of theory-driven evaluation science, with special emphasis on the foundations of evaluation theory and practice. Learn how to apply theory to improve evaluation practice; to engage diverse stakeholders in the process of developing logic models and theories of change; and to design comprehensive, tailored, ethically defensible, and culturally responsive theory-driven evaluations.

EVAL 315
Evaluation & Applied Research Methods: A Survey of Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

An overview of evaluation and applied research methods and related ethical issues, including quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, research and evaluation design, applied social science research topics, specific data collection strategies, meta-evaluation, and reporting methods.

PSYCH 316a
Advanced Methods for Evaluation

Addresses competencies related to technical and management practice.

Faculty & Research
  • Stewart I. Donaldson profile image

    Stewart I. Donaldson

    Distinguished University Professor
    Executive Director, Claremont Evaluation Center
    Executive Director, The Evaluators' Institute (TEI)

    Research Interests

    Positive Organizational Psychology, Health/Well-Being & Positive Functioning Across Cultures, Program Design & Re-Design, Culturally Responsive Theory-Driven Measurement & Evaluation

    Affiliated with

    Claremont Evaluation Center

    The Evaluators’ Institute

  • Tiffany Berry profile image

    Tiffany Berry

    Dean, School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
    Full Research Professor

    Research Interests

    Educational Program Evaluation, K–12 Educational Curricula, Comprehensive School Reform

    Affiliated with

    Claremont Evaluation Center

  • Wanda Casillas profile image

    Wanda Casillas

    Director of MS: Evaluation and Applied Research (Online)
    Associate Research Professor

    Research Interests

    Culturally Responsive Evaluation, Evaluation in Service of Equity and Social Justice, Using Systems Thinking in Evaluation and Applied Research, Using Values-based Research and Evaluation to Solve Social Problems

  • Michael Quinn Patton profile image

    Michael Quinn Patton

    Visiting Senior Scholar

    Research Interests

    Use of evaluation to support sustainability and equity, food systems transformation, sociology of knowledge

Extended Faculty

Rebecca Eddy

Cobblestone Applied Research & Evaluation, Inc.

Research Interests

Applied research and program evaluation in education

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