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.
- 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.