Program Evaluation, M.S.  

Why this degree?

Arizona State University's Master of Science in Program Evaluation provides you with a solid grounding in the applied and conceptual tools of conducting program evaluations.  It is designed to provide graduate level instruction and experience in conducting evaluation research with training in a broad spectrum of evaluation research methods. With increasing frequency organizations are required to demonstrate effectiveness of programs for continued funding and accountability to constituents.

This program was developed by the Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions in response to the increasing demands for accountability in the public, nonprofit and private sectors.  The demand for professionals trained in evaluation research is particularly strong in local and state government but is also increasingly critical for nonprofits and NGOs. Upon graduation, you will be a specialist in this area of research and your training will have broad applicability for public and private sector programs and policies, as well as programs and policies initiated by nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.

Pursuing your degree at ASU

You will receive instruction in program assessment and evaluation, research methods, quantitative techniques, and policy analysis. You will also choose advanced courses from quantitative methods, qualitative methods, or geospatial methods. The final applied project requires an evaluation of a specific program, policy, or practice chosen from the cognate areas of specialization.

The program prepares you to conduct sound and methodologically appropriate program evaluations. By the end of the program you will be able to successfully conduct a program evaluation using the appropriate research design, methods and analysis. You will have acquired the skills needed to work conduct evaluations in any number of specific fields.

Program details

The required core classes emphasize knowledge and skills all graduates must have. Electives supplement core knowledge and allow you to customize your degree. An advisor will assist you with selecting appropriate courses for your interests.

Program requires the following: 30 credit hours including the required applied project course (CRD 593 or CRJ 593 or PAF 593).

  • Choose one of the following evaluation classes (3 credits):
    NLM 530  Program Evaluation and Information Management
    PAF 541  Program Evaluation
    CRJ 510  Criminal Justice Planning and Program Evaluation
    SWG 623  Agency and Community Based Research in Social Work

  • Choose one of the following research methods classes (3 credits):
    CRD 500  Research Methods
    CRJ 503  Research Methods
    PAF 501  Public Service Research I
    SWG 519  Research Methods in Social Work

  • Choose one of the following statistics classes (3 credits):
    CRD 502  Statistical and Data Analysis
    CRJ 504  Statistical Tools for Criminology and Criminal Justice
    PAF 502  Public Service Research II

  • Choose two of the following research methods electives (6 credits):
    PAF 573  Advanced Regression
    CRJ 511  Applied Data Analysis in Criminal Justice
    CRJ 604  Advanced Statistical Analysis
    CRJ 605  Topics in Quantitative Methods
    CRJ 613 Qualitative Methods
    Other qualitative methods elective courses chosen with advisor input

  • Choose three of the following electives (9 credits):
    PAF 505  Public Policy Analysis
    PAF 540  Advanced Policy Analysis
    PAF 571 Geographic Information Systems and Analysis
    PAF 572 Urban Demography
    CRJ 603  Advanced Research Design

  • Select one applied project course (6 credits):
    CRD/CRJ/PAF 593 Applied Project

Total required credit hours: 30

Admission requirements

You must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), from an accredited College or University of recognized standing in criminology and criminal justice, social work, public service, nonprofit management, parks and recreation management, tourism management, business, education, family studies, public health, education, psychology, or a related social or applied sciences field. The minimum GPA requirement for the bachelor's degree must be equivalent to a 3.0 or "B" average in the last 60 credit hours of the degree. Official transcripts must be submitted to the ASU Graduate College.

The online application will require recommendations from current or former employers, current or former faculty members, or others who are familiar with your scholarly and professional abilities and characteristics. You will need the name, email address, title and organization from whom you will be requesting recommendations. Your recommenders will be emailed a link to complete an online recommendation for you.

You will be asked to submit a current resume as well as a personal statement of three pages or less that outlines relevant educational experience, educational goals, field(s) of interest, and reasons for interest in the program.

International students must meet the minimum English proficiency requirement established by Graduate Education ( Additional information for international students can be found on the Graduate Education web site (

Application process

You will apply for admission through the online application at Graduate Education. You will be required to pay a $70 nonrefundable application fee (non-U.S. citizen fee is $90). You will receive an emailed acknowledgement letter that will include an ID number and information on how to access your My ASU page. You may check your application status on My ASU. Submit an application by June 30 (for fall semester) or October 30 (for spring semester):

Admission decisions are made after all of the application materials have been received.

Please note: Because ASU receives applications from many highly qualified students, some applicants may be denied admission for reasons not related to their academic performance (e.g., program capacity, mentor availability, program match).

Contact information

For general questions about the master of science in program evaluation, contact us at