Evaluation Practice (DEval)

Online Program

Advanced evaluation practice for societal impact.

The Doctor of Evaluation Practice (D.Eval) program is designed to meet the critical demand for skilled evaluators who can address pressing societal issues in industries like education, public health, healthcare, human services, philanthropic foundations, community-based non-profits, technology, organizational development, international development, and government. Created for working professionals, the D.Eval program integrates evaluation theory and practice with data analytics, communication, leadership, and project management to prepare you for high level roles in evaluation firms, evaluation departments in foundations and other large organizations, state/local governments, and non-profit or for-profit organizations.


Program Benefits

Our D.Eval program prepares you to stand out in your field with hands-on projects, collaboration with industry professionals, and an emphasis on cultural responsivity and ethical leadership. This degree builds on our long tradition of high-quality evaluation training, integrating theory, practice, and data analytics that are most relevant for today’s evaluation landscape. You will be trained as a scholar-practitioner that applies research to real-world programs that seek to transform society for the better.

  • Flexible Learning: Choose from full-time, or part-time options with hybrid in-person and online coursework.
  • Impact Driven: Learn to apply expert evaluation practice for meaningful social change.
  • Real-World Relevance: Experience a hands-on doctoral program that fosters professional growth.
  • Expert Guidance: Get a personalized education from faculty with extensive professional experience.
  • Collaborative: Expand your professional network by learning with peers in the evaluation community across the globe.

Career Paths

Graduates of this program will be ready to excel in diverse sectors including education, healthcare, government, non-profit and for-profit organizations, international development, and as independent evaluation consultants, addressing critical societal challenges through impactful evaluation practice. Common job titles may include Director of Program Evaluation, Director of Research & Evaluation, Director of Organizational Learning, Chief Impact Officer, Government Researcher, International Development Evaluator, and Evaluation Consultant.

Ideal Candidates

Our D.Eval program is designed for:

  • Aspiring leaders in education, non-profit, government or NGOs seeking to advance their evaluation skills and careers.
  • Master’s degree holders looking to explore evaluation research and practice in greater depth.
  • Working professionals eager to enhance their expertise in the field of evaluation without pausing their careers.

Program At-a-glance

  • 72 units

    required units

  • Doctor of Evaluation Practice

    degree awarded

  • Online


  • Fall

    program start

  • 3 years | full time*

    estimated completion time

    4-6 years | part time

    estimated completion time

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Regina Burch

Assistant Director of Admissions



  • Portrait of Tiffany Berry

    Tiffany Berry

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

    Research Interests

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

  • Stewart Donaldson

    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

  • Michelle Sloper

    Michelle Sloper

    Associate Professor of Evaluation Practice

    Research Interests

    Positive youth development, evaluation capacity building, evaluation use, continuous quality improvement, expanded learning programs

  • David Fetterman

    David M. Fetterman

    Adjunct Professor, Visiting Scholar, and Research Fellow

    Research Interests

    Educational evaluation, medical education, higher education, empowerment evaluation, ethnography, tobacco prevention, tuberculosis elimination, social justice, gifted, migrant, and dropout prevention programs; homelessness, substance abuse prevention

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    Bradley Cousins

    Research Fellow


The D.Eval curriculum integrates the highest level of training in evaluation with transdisciplinary courses in consulting, interpersonal communication, and project management. The coursework builds on the practical evaluation modules and workshops offered through The Evaluator’s Institute at CGU, a leading provider of professional training and certificates in evaluation.

Additionally, you will create a practice-based portfolio to showcase your skills through hands-on projects like conference presentations and training workshops.

The D.Eval program culminates in a personalized capstone dissertation, typically from an area of interest in your professional field, that develops critical thinking, meta-evaluation, and systematic integration skills.

Degree Requirements


  • Evaluation Core: 20 units
  • Methods/Statistics: 20 units
  • Transdisciplinary: 6 units
  • Practicum: 6 units
  • Capstone or Dissertation: 8 units
  • Electives: 12 units


You will create a practice-based portfolio to showcase your skills through hands-on projects like conference presentations and training workshops.


The D.Eval program culminates in a personalized capstone dissertation, typically from an area of interest in your professional field, that develops critical thinking, meta-evaluation, and systematic integration skills.

Competencies & Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Practice: Execute skills needed to evaluate program effectiveness and identify opportunities for continuous program improvement including actionable recommendations to maximize program outcomes and impact.
  • Methodology: Demonstrate proficiency in applied research methodologies suited for specific contexts and needs and professional reporting and documentation.
  • Context: Conduct evaluations that respect diverse cultural contexts and perspectives and address inequities and inequalities in program outcomes.
  • Planning and Management: Develop and execute evaluation plans that are accurate, feasible and useful
  • Critical Thinking and Communication: Synthesize and communicate complex information in clear appropriate and articulate ways via written, oral, and visual forms.
  • Meta-Evaluation Skills: Identify and articulate similarities and differences in evaluation methods and statistical approaches.
  • Systematic Integration Abilities: Systematically integrate information from multiple sources, evaluation reports, and diverse methodologies.

Application Guidelines

Requirements Summary

Item Description
Application Fee $80
Official Transcripts Yes
Letters of Recommendation 2
Statement of Purpose Yes
Resume Yes
Academic Prerequisites Master’s level degree preferred, especially in Public Policy, Economics, MAP, JD, etc.
Other Requirements 3 years work experience is preferred

Please see the application checklist for more details.

Fall 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – July 5, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – August 1, 2024
Classes begin – August 26, 2024

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Cost & Aid

Tuition and Fees

Program 72 units
Tuition per unit* $2,020

*Based on 2023-2024 tuition rates.


$245 Student Fee
$150 Technology Fee
International Student Services Fee*: $661 fall semester, $776 spring semester
**Applies to all international students (F-1 visa only) who are registered in coursework, doctoral study, or continuous registration. The fee is assessed each fall and spring semester for annual ISO accident and sickness plans and administrative fees. Subject to change.

For estimates of room & board, books, etc., please download CGU’s Cost of Attendance 2022-2023 .

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