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Program Design & Evaluation

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Credits Required: 30
Cost Per Credit: $725
Community Collaboration + Social Change + Research

College of Social And Behavioral Sciences

Program Details

Learn to conduct research and leverage health and social equity through evidence. The MA in Program Design & Evaluation will teach you the execution, application and translation of research to address the most pressing challenges impacting our local and global communities. You will study and advance solutions to grand challenges through interdisciplinary, community-focused and research-informed monitoring and evaluation.

The knowledge and skills you will gain from this program will be transferable and applicable across a variety of industries. Through this MA, you will deepen your cross-cultural competencies, community engagement skills, and applied research experience. In turn, you will develop community-focused and research-based solutions to problems situated in social systems. 

Upon graduation, you’ll be able to apply your skills to identify community needs related to issues like group-based disparities in education, employment, housing security, access to healthcare, and health-related outcomes. You’ll also be able to identify the populations disproportionately impacted by these disparities and evaluate and improve programs and strategies designed to lessen these disparities.

Faculty with expertise and decades of experience in community-focused, translational research from the Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) will provide you with instruction and guidance. SIROW faculty have deep relationships with community organizations. They work in areas like economic disenfranchisement, immigration, social inclusion and equity, health-related disparities, LGBTQ civil liberties, harm reduction, homelessness, sexual health and HIV, gender equity, education equity, and criminal justice.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The core courses required for this program include:

EVAL 500: Seminar on Identifying and Characterizing Challenges or Problems
EVAL 501: Informed Solution Identification
EVAL 520: Planning, Implementation Science and Scale Up
EVAL 521: Monitoring and Evaluation
EVAL 602: Research Dissemination and Translation to Facilitate Change
EVAL 551: Community-Based Participatory and Action Research
EVAL 552: Culturally Responsive Engagement with Diverse Populations
EVAL 698: Capstone



Earning your Master of Arts in Program Design & Evaluation will build core skills, including:

  • Identifying societal issues
  • Classifying societal issues
  • Data-based tools
  • Research translation
  • Community-based problem solving
  • Data analytics
  • Applied research
  • Monitoring & evaluation
  • Project implementation

Graduates of the MA in Program Design & Evaluation program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

  • Program Evaluator
  • Healthcare Program Director
  • Social Service Program Director
  • Public Health Program Director
  • Business Development Manager
  • Clinical Director
  • Community Healthcare Provider
  • Program Coordinator
  • Data Analysts and Manager
  • Program Evaluator
  • Research Coordinator
  • Policy Communications Specialist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Coalition Coordinator
  • Director of Community Engagement