The Evaluation & Applied Research Methods PhD program focuses on training students in the design and implementation of impactful evaluations that improve the lives of people across a range of settings, including federal health agencies, educational programs, philanthropic foundations, academia, and more.

CGU’s Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences is a globally recognized leader in evaluation and applied research methods for real-world settings. Here, you’ll receive expert training in one of the preeminent evaluation programs in the country. You’ll embark on a lifetime of meaningful scholarship and practice as you participate in leading research with highly regarded faculty-scholars, including leading evaluation experts such Michael Scriven and Stewart Donaldson, among many others. Our graduates emerge prepared for top leadership positions in evaluation and applied science in government, business, education, health care, foundations, consulting, and at major universities across the globe.

Program Highlights
  • All graduate students in Evaluation & Applied Research Methods are encouraged to gain practical experience through projects, internships, or jobs. These opportunities can be frequently accessed through our research centers and affiliates, such as the Claremont Evaluation Center or the Health Psychology and Prevention Science Institute
  • The curriculum balances technical training in research methods, statistics, and evaluation approaches with your interests by allowing you to select multiple elective courses to develop an area of specialization that fits your career goals and objectives (e.g. health evaluation, educational evaluation, foundation evaluation, international development evaluation, etc.).
  • We have a generous transfer-of-units policy if you have already earned a master’s degree with an empirical thesis from another institution. If applying for a PhD, you may transfer up to 24 units of relevant coursework and a master’s thesis.
  • All Evaluation students who request financial aid receive fellowships. DBOS also regularly hires students for paid research positions and teaching assistantships.

Program at a Glance

UNITS
72 units

COMPLETION TIME
4–8 years

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring

DIVISION
Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences

DEGREE AWARDED
PhD in Psychology

Featured Courses

PSYCH 315Z
Comparative Evaluation Theory

Provides basic understanding of prevalent evaluation theories, systems for categorizing these theories, the process of theory development in evaluation, and more.

PSYCH 308a
Intermediate Statistics

Studies descriptive techniques, probability theory, basic statistical distributions (binomial, t, z, X2, F), measures of central tendency and variability, sampling distributions, selected nonparametric methods, and hypothesis testing.

PSYCH 315ee
Evaluation Procedures

Explores the three facets of evaluation practice as well as the stages of and methods for conducting program evaluations that are theoretically grounded, practical, and useful.

PSYCH 326
Foundations of Evaluation

Examines the prevalent ideas that underpin evaluation and its practice.

PSYCH 306a
Directed Research Seminar: Evaluation

Requires a 10-hour-per-week commitment to developing and executing a research project with a faculty supervisor who is conducting an ongoing program of evaluation research.

PSYCH 302a
Research Methods

Surveys contemporary research methods in psychology, focusing on research conceptualization, design, and measurement and the logic of minimizing the number of viable alternative explanations for a set of findings.

Curriculum

 

Evaluation Core Courses (12 units)
Theory-Driven Program Evaluation (2 units)
Foundations of Evaluation (2 units)
Comparative Evaluation Theory (4 units)
Evaluation Procedures (4 units)

Evaluation & Related Electives (32 units)
Students are often encouraged to take elective courses that help meet their specific career goals. These courses can be selected from the home department of any of the other CGU schools, including the School of Educational Studies, the Drucker School of Management, the Division of Politics & Economics, the Center for Information Systems & Technology, the School of Arts & Humanities, and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

Statistics & Methodology (20 units)
Research Methods (4 units)
Directed Research Seminar: Evaluation (two 2-unit courses)
Intermediate Statistics (2 units)
Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) (2 units)
Applied Multiple Regression (2 units)
Categorical Data Analysis (2 units)
PSYCH 315 Sequence: Four additional units of Advanced Methodology

Field/Teaching Experience (4 units)
Supervised Teaching Seminar (4 units)
or
Field Placement (4 units)

Transdisciplinary Core Course (4 units)
All PhD students are required to enroll in a transdisciplinary core course from the “TNDY” course sequence during their first three semesters at Claremont Graduate University.

Portfolio
In addition to 72 units of coursework, all students must complete a portfolio that represents a cohesive set of experiences balancing training in their area of specialization.

PhD Completion

  • PhD qualifying exam
  • Dissertation proposal
  • Dissertation and oral defense

In the Field Opportunities
Under the supervision of professionals with expertise in your particular areas of interest, you can participate in fieldwork, research, and paid internships at a range of corporations and organizations, including:

  • Claremont Evaluation Center
  • Institute for Research on Social Issues
  • Southern California Edison Company
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Orange County Rapid Transit District
  • Riverside County Department of Mental Health

Faculty & Research

  • Stewart I. Donaldson profile image

    Stewart I. Donaldson

    Executive Director, Claremont Evaluation Center
    Professor of Psychology and Community & Global Health

    Research Interests

    Positive organizational psychology, theory-driven evaluation, organizational and career development, health and well-being

    Affiliated with

    Claremont Evaluation Center

  • Michael Scriven profile image

    Michael Scriven

    Distinguished Professor

    Research Interests

    Philosophy, Mathematics, Evaluation methodologies, Critical thinking, Technology studies, Computer studies

  • Tarek Azzam profile image

    Tarek Azzam

    Associate Professor of Evaluation and Applied Methods

    Research Interests

    Social research and methodologies, Policy and program evaluations, Data visualization and evaluation

  • Tiffany Berry profile image

    Tiffany Berry

    Research Associate Professor

    Research Interests

    Educational program evaluation, K–12 educational curricula, After-school programs, Comprehensive school reform

  • William Crano profile image

    William Crano

    Oskamp Chair, Distinguished Professorship in Psychology

    Research Interests

    Social influence; Effects of persuasive information on drug addiction and HIV/AIDS; Minority and majority relationships to health information;
    Children and adolescent relationship to health information

  • Jason T. Siegel profile image

    Jason T. Siegel

    Associate Professor of Social Psychology

    Research Interests

    Social Psychology, Health Psychology, Persuasion, Motivation, Research Methodology

  • Eusebio Alvaro profile image

    Eusebio Alvaro

    Research Professor, Behavioral and Organizational Sciences

    Research Interests

    Social influence processes; Health promotion, disease prevention, and medicine; Minority relationship to health promotion; Mass media messages targeting health behavior change

  • Michelle Bligh profile image

    Michelle Bligh

    Dean, School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
    Professor of Organizational Behavior
    Director, Human Resource Management

    Research Interests

    Organizational culture, Leadership in corporate cultures, Charismatic leadership, Interpersonal trust, Political and executive leadership

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