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10 PhDs for Monitoring and Evaluation

A doctorate will place you on a whole new trajectory when it comes to your field of specialisation. As the field of Monitoring and Evaluation grows, so are the opportunities for focused doctoral study expanding across fields, while also deepening in their technical specificity. Whether your strengths lie in the highly analytic, and technical aspects, or whether a specific development challenge or cause has captured your heart, mind, and career, there is a PhD opportunity out there for you to formalise your knowledge, and to take your contribution to developing real-world solutions to the next level. It takes many years to find your niche for doctoral study, but these suggestions may assist is guiding your decision making as you navigate.

DPhil in Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation – University of Oxford

Oxford’s Department of Social Policy and Intervention offers this world-class, interdisciplinary doctoral programme focusing on Social Intervention process, policy and practice across a range of subject areas. The programme equips students with the theory and skills for conducting sound evaluations of programmes in health, violence prevention, the reduction of poverty and inequality, and child mental health; indeed some of the most pressing challenges for governments, civil society and development practitioners. This advanced programme encourages independent work, and the programme is usually highly specific to each individual, although all candidates are well supervised. This is a research-based programme, with stringent access requirements, but will guarantee candidates with the skills to grapple with development issues from the level of international policy, right down to the grass-roots implementation of even the most complex problems.

PhD Programme in Social and Engineering Systems – MIT

This cutting-edge research programme speaks into the heart of current best practice in social and human science. This programme will equip participants with the analytic and statistical methods to be able to analyse and address leading social challenges, from a strong data and machine learning perspective. Combining aspects of Information Systems and Sciences, with Engineering, Social Science, and the study of research methodologies, this fascinating programme will pave the way for a new generation of development practitioners. This programme includes a focus on autonomous systems, financial systems, urban systems and how these systems can be used to strengthen policy making, and urban development. If you’re looking at not only grasping M&E, but how to use evaluation as a principle in creating reinforcing loops for ongoing development practice, then why not explore this option.

PhD in Development Studies – University of Cambridge

This is a structured programme which provides participants with comprehensive coverage of current development issues and challenges; an excellent place to situate skills in monitoring and evaluation for improvement of development practice. At the end of their third year, participants submit a research dissertation, and the second year usually involves international, on-the-ground participation and study. The first year equips participants with all the critical research theories and skills. This structure makes this a unique opportunity to properly experience and explore real-world development challenges, while seeking their solutions. This is a full time PhD course, with stringent entry requirements, and a demanding study regime, however a strong supervisory element ensures a high quality, and enriching study experience.

PhD in Environmental Science, Policy & Management – University of California Berkeley

If your passion for problem solving is related more to issues of the environment, and the climate crisis, and this is where you hope to focus your Monitoring and Evaluation specialisation, this this expanded Environmental Science PhD might be the thing you are looking for. With employment and career prospects in government, environmental policy making, and academia, this programme will equip you with the methods and skills to evaluate programmes and policies to improve the outlook of our environment, and to mitigate the negative effects of our industrialised world. This will provide you with the language and the evidence to sway key stakeholders toward creating a better world.

PhD in Biomedical Informatics – Columbia

If you’re looking to focus on Public Health, and Health information systems, with Monitoring and Evaluation to improve healthcare policies and programmes, the this PhD in Biomedical Informatics will equip you will the skills you require to evaluate and improve healthcare programmes, information flows and conduct studies around programme efficacy. With a growing focus on healthcare related issues, this programme with its strong theoretical and applied components will equip epidemiologists, looking to sharpen their M&E with a top notch qualification, to engage in solving health challenges at the global level.

PhD in Evaluation Studies – University of Stellenbosch

This is a two-year doctoral programme offered by one of Africa’s leading universities, situated outside Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, which has been generating some of the most rigorous research and evaluations on the continent and around the world. The programme equips upcoming evaluators with all the skills and methodologies to conduct rigorous evaluations and aims to build Monitoring and Evaluation capabilities on the African continent and to ensure that this field continues to grow in professionalisation and practice. This programme is an excellent opportunity for those seeking to specialise as evaluators, and who aim to make a sound contribution across a range of intervention subjects and areas by applying this critical skillset. Studying M&E within a developing country context is sure to provide additional context, and a real edge the study experience.

PhD in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics and Assessment (MESA) – Boston College

If you are technically skilled in statistics and are fascinated by the interplay with these skills and social research, then this is the programme for you. The programme ‘integrates state-of-the-art research design, statistical methods and testing’ to ensure that candidates are equipped with the highest degree of technical excellence. This programme is collaborative, both within the school amongst colleagues, but also on an international level. The programme is technical, but also applied, providing participants with the opportunity to work with NGOs and other civils society organisations, focusing on real-world development challenges.

PhD’s by Research – Institute of Development Studies

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) ranked 1 st place in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by subject. The Institute takes some 50 PhD students at a time, and the work is focused on Development Studies across a range of topics and geographies. PhD students work with two Research Fellows, and participate actively in the teaching and learning activities offered by the IDS. Whether you are interested in applying your M&E skills to Policy and Governance, Civil Society, or Dev Tech, you will find associates at the IDS to facilitate a comprehensive research-based PhD. If you have a research topic in mind, focusing on any of the Institute’s subject areas, applications are welcome. As this programme is research based, coupled with teaching and learning opportunities, this programme will provide some freedom for research, while allowing participants to gain critical work experience in academia.

PhD in Development Studies with Reference to Emerging Economics – King’s College London

If your interest is in solving development challenges, using an evidence approach, and focusing on developing economies, then this PhD programme may be the one for you. The degree focuses on developing systems for modernisation, development and progress, with focus areas of Poverty, Inequality and Inclusive Growth, Social Justice and Political Economy and Institutions. The Department also hosts the Africa Leadership Centre, which creates a unique network with young leaders in Africa. This PhD may be completed part-time, or full-time.

PhD in the Evidence-based Practice Unit – University College London

If you’re already a subject specialist, looking an analysing critical issues such as healthcare provision and when to stop treatment, resilience in schools, child and adolescent mental health, mental well-being, or a range of other specialist areas at the centre of some of the world’s most significant development challenges, then why not browse the research areas currently support at UCL’s Evidence-Based practice unit. UCL, a ‘diverse global community of world-class academics, students, industry and external partners’, is well recognised for research strength and is growing its reputation as a leading multidisciplinary University. With links to the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in the UK, this is an excellent opportunity for those seeking to bring an evidence-based and evaluative focus to an existing development challenge.

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PhD in Evaluation Studies

Who should apply.

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  • Researchers and consultants tasked with evaluation studies
  • M&E officers in government, industry and civil society
  • Project managers in government research and planning units and directorates
  • NGO employees involved in social, health and educational research activities
  • Social policy analysts and advisers
  • Social science methodology lecturers

Dissertation options

  • The PhD would address a topical theme –systematically reviewing the literature on that theme over the past 10 years AND then develop an empirical study that would link with that theme.
  • The PhD would address an evaluation approach –systematically reviewing the literature on that approach over the past 10 years or so AND then develop an empirical study that would link with that theme.
  • The PhD would involve a review of the scholarship from a particular field of evaluation and a review some of the common approaches and methodologies and even methods and tools used in each of these “fields”.
  • Meta-studies (historical/ philosophical/ epistemological/ methodological) of evaluation practice, e.g. the nature of impact evaluation/ the challenges of causal attribution/ understanding causal mechanisms/ reflecting on complexity in programmes/ historical studies of evaluation enterprises in Africa/ etc.

The topic of the thesis will have to be developed in detail with CREST M&E supervisory staff.

Candidates for the PhD in Evaluation Studies must have either:

  • a Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation Methods (PGD MEM) from Stellenbosch University. Students must show potential for further study and have an average of over 65% in the PGD MEM or a Master’s degree in evaluation studies (from any university)

Candidates will only be accepted into the PhD Evaluation Studies programme after the successful submission of an abridged literature chapter.


  • How do I apply?
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CREST covers the broad fields of bibliometrics and scientometrics, research on higher education knowledge production, human resources in science and technology, research evaluation and impact assessment studies and studies on the communication patterns of scientists.

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Admissions requirements

  • Spring semester start deadline is October 15
  • Fall semester start deadline is January 15
  • A professional resume or CV.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A written personal narrative describing your familiarity with EMR and how this has led you to apply.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • English language proficiency scores (for international applicants only). 

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Program overview

This program is offered in-person, online, and hybrid.

The Ph.D. program in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology at Western Michigan University is designed for highly qualified students and seeks to prepare them as evaluators, assessment specialists, or researchers for leadership and teaching positions in schools, non-school organizations, institutions of higher education and government. This program is 93 credits.

Why evaluation, measurement and research at Western Michigan University?

  • You will work with national and internationally recognized faculty.
  • You can take advantage of opportunities to engage in grant-funded research.
  • You will engage in cutting-edge coursework and be exposed to the latest advances in evaluation, measurement, and research.
  • You will feel supported in a small program with faculty interested in individualizing and maximizing your experiences.
  • You will have opportunities to present research and evaluation studies at the peer reviewed professional conferences.
  • You will be encouraged and supported to prepare publications with faculty or on your own.
  • We are the  only institution in the U.S.  that includes an optional co-curricular designation known as the  WMU Signature . Pathways include: Teaching & Student Success, Leadership, Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Justice, and more! 

Application information

The admissions deadline for students hoping to start the program in the Spring semester is  October 15  and for the Fall semester start is  January 15 . The admissions application process is completely online . If you wish to be considered for department funding as a graduate assistant (GA or DGA), please complete that  application by February 15 deadline. Please note there are two different admission deadline dates for starting classes, but just one deadline for consideration of departmental funding, which is awarded will begin in the Fall semester. Please review the following web pages for information about graduate and doctoral assistantships: Fellowships and Grants  and Scholarships

Application deadlines (applications MUST be COMPLETE by the due date listed below in order to be considered for that semester)

  • October 15 for Spring semester classes
  • January 15 for Fall semester classes

Note: There are no "conditional admissions" for any EMR degree or certificate program.

EMR has permanently suspended the GRE requirement as an admission requirement.

Application requirements

  • A professional resume or curriculum vita.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • These must be obtained from three different individuals in a position to address the applicant’s ability to successfully complete doctoral level work.
  • Applicants must request such recommendations from within the online system. The recommenders will respond via the online system as well.
  • Please be aware that references will only be sent an electronic request with an online link for the reference AFTER a student has submitted their application.  Therefore, do not wait until the last day to submit your application.  It is a good idea to forewarn your references that a request for an electronic reference is forthcoming and needs to be submitted by the admissions deadline.
  • Applicants must clearly describe their professional goals and how this doctoral program fits with those goals.
  • This narrative should be no more than four double-spaced pages and will be considered as a writing sample.
  • Applicants must submit an  official transcript  from the institution from which you received your Bachelor’s degree, as well as a transcript from institution(s) where any graduate level courses or degrees have been taken/completed.  Applicants are not required to submit an official transcript of courses taken/completed at Western Michigan University.
  • English language proficiency scores (for international applicants only).
  • As required by WMU, international applicants must provide proof of English competency, unless they have successfully completed either four years of upper secondary school or one year of full-time tertiary (university-level) education within specific countries ( view the list of such countries ).
  • English proficiency scores may be reported within the online application system and official scores must be uploaded within the online by the application deadline to which you are applying.
  • Desired minimum English language proficiency scores for this Ph.D. include: 7.0 on IELTS; 233 on TOEFL (CBT), 577 on TOEFL (PBT), or a 90 on TOEFL (iBt), with the following minimum sub-scores on the TOEFL (iBT): 22 in reading, 20 in listening, 24 in speaking, and 24 in writing. Students not meeting these desired minimums may still apply for the program; however, lower scores will be a factor in the admissions decision and discussed within your Personal Narrative.
  • Students not meeting these minimum desired scores may apply after having met the requirements for advanced-level students within WMU’s Center for English Language and Culture for International Students program (to be considered, students must pass all advanced-level classes with a final grade of “B” or better in each class). No conditional admissions are granted for potential applicants who are enrolled in but have not yet successfully completed the CELCIS program.
  • Copies of article reprints, white papers, evaluation reports, etc., or other artifacts that represent your scholarship if available.

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  • Claremont Evaluation Center
  • The Evaluators’ Institute
  • Institute for Research on Social Issues
  • Social Identity Lab
  • Health Psychology & Prevention Science Institute

The Evaluation & Applied Research Methods PhD program focuses on training you 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.

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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

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.


DIVISION Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences

DEGREE AWARDED PhD in Psychology

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

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.

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.

Examines the prevalent ideas that underpin evaluation and its practice.

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.

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.

  Evaluation Core Courses (12 units) Theory-Driven Program Evaluation (4 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.

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:

  • Southern California Edison Company
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Orange County Rapid Transit District
  • Riverside County Department of Mental Health

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Positive Organizational Psychology, Health/Well-Being & Positive Functioning Across Cultures, Program Design & Re-Design, Culturally Responsive Theory-Driven Measurement & Evaluation

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Tiffany Berry

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

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

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Wanda Casillas

Director of MS: Evaluation and Applied Research (Online) Associate Research Professor

Culturally Responsive Evaluation, Evaluation in Service of Equity and Social Justice, Using Systems Thinking in Evaluation and Applied Research, Using Values-based Research and Evaluation to Solve Social Problems

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Eusebio Alvaro

Full Research Professor

Social Influence Processes, Health Promotion, Disease Prevention & Medicine

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William Crano

Stuart Oskamp Chair of Psychology

Social Influence, Effects of persuasive information on drug addiction and HIV/AIDS, Minority and majority relationships to health information

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Jason T. Siegel

Professor of Psychology

Social Psychology, Health Psychology, Persuasion

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Distinguished Professor

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

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Identity, Identity balance, Stereotypes, Diversity, STEM, Prejudice, Longitudinal Research, Quasi-Experimental Research, Intervention Evaluation, Theory-driven Interventions, Implicit Bias, Implicit identities

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Evaluation studies PhD

Become an expert in program evaluation. This Evaluation Studies (ES) track program equips you with the knowledge, experience, and resourcefulness needed to be a professional evaluator, evaluation researcher, or educator in a variety of settings.

In this program, you will hone an interdisciplinary set of skills for designing and implementing effective evaluation strategies. Through advanced research techniques, you will be able to quickly and astutely discern issues in processes and systems, develop incisive solutions to bottlenecks and roadblocks, and manage organizational paradoxes with confidence.

You will gain experience in a full array of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods, and you will sharpen your skills in designing evaluation studies, data collection, data analysis, and how to effectively communicate results to improve policies and programs.. Through new and ongoing organizational partnerships, you will work in real-life evaluation cases and get hands-on experience.

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Doctoral students in Evaluation Studies gain the capacity to:

  • Teach evaluation and research methods courses.
  • Serve as lead evaluators and consultants on evaluation and research methodology and program design.
  • Measure both the economic and social impact of public policies and programs.
  • Communicate the value, vision, possible strengths and potential flaws of a project with clarity and precision.
  • Conduct original research on evaluation theory and practice in a range of contexts.

72 credits (48 credits of coursework + 24 thesis credits) completed in 3-5 years for full time students.

OLPD departmental core

  • OLPD 8011—Doctoral Research Seminar I (1 cr) [Fall term of first year]
  • OLPD 8015—Inquiry Strategies in Educational and Organizational Research (3 cr) [Take Spring term of first year]
  • Quantitative research course (3 cr) selected with approval of advisor
  • Qualitative research course (3 cr) selected with approval of advisor
  • Additional methods courses (6 cr) selected with approval of advisor

Evaluation studies program core

Students must take OLPD 8596 twice in two different semesters for 3 credits each time.

  • OLPD 5501—Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3 cr)
  • OLPD 8502—Program Evaluation Theory and Models: Qualitative and Quantitative Alternatives (3 cr)
  • OLPD 8595—Evaluation Problems (3 cr)
  • OLPD 8596—Evaluation Internship I (3 cr)
  • OLPD 8596—Evaluation Internship II (3 cr)

Additional coursework

Minimum of 17 credits required. These credits can be used to meet the requirement that a minimum of 12 credits be taken outside the ES track or for a minor. Courses not specifically listed should have advisor approval.

Thesis credits (24 credits)

All Ph.D. students are required to register for 24 semester thesis credits (OLPD 8888) after completing the preliminary oral exam. These must be taken over two or more terms.

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Measurement and Evaluation PhD

Doctor of philosophy (ph.d.) in measurement & evaluation.

The Ph.D. in Measurement & Evaluation is designed to prepare graduates for careers in a wide range of educational settings. Graduates acquire specialized knowledge and skills in test theory, test and instrument development and validation, program evaluation, and quantitative analysis of educational and psychological data. Some graduates pursue careers as college professors. Some are employed in city or state departments of education in the planning and supervision of testing programs and research and evaluation projects. Others work for test publishers, licensure and certification boards, and government agencies in the construction of tests or in the management of large-scale testing programs. Still others work in evaluation, research design, and statistics in contrast research firms, as well as health care and business settings. 

A doctorate is required for most college teaching positions and for positions of professional responsibility in testing organizations, departments of education, and licensure and certification boards. The Ph.D. is appropriate for individuals with strong quantitative and technical skills who wish to focus on theoretical issues in measurement and evaluation or who have a strong background in a substantive area of psychology in which they wish to further the development and application of measurement techniques.

Both the Ed.D. and Ph.D. are accepted as qualification for faculty positions in schools of education in the United States.

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Doctor of Philosophy

  • Points/Credits: 75
  • Entry Terms: Fall Only

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): December 1
  • Summer/Fall (Final): December 1

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • Online Degree Application , including Statement of Purpose and Resume
  • Transcripts and/or Course-by-Course Evaluations for all Undergraduate/Graduate Coursework Completed
  • Results from an accepted English Proficiency Exam (if applicable)
  • $75 Application Fee
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE General Test

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Measurement Core (15 points):

HUDM 5059 Psychological measurement (3)

HUDM 5124 Multidimensional scaling and clustering (3)

HUDM 6051 Psychometric theory I (3)

HUDM 6052 Psychometric theory II (3)

HUDM 6055 Latent structure analysis (3)

Evaluation Core (9 points):

HUDM 5130 Meta-analysis (3)

HUDM 5133 Causal inference for program evaluation (3)

ORLJ 5040 Research methods in social psychology (3)

Quantitative Methods Core (21 points):

MSTM 5030 Topics in probability theory (3)

HUDM 4125 Statistical inference (3)

HUDM 5123 Linear models and experimental design (3)

HUDM 5126 Linear models and regression analysis (3)

HUDM 6026 Computational Statistics (3)

HUDM 6030 Multilevel and longitudinal data analysis (3)

HUDM 6122 Multivariate analysis I (3)

Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics Electives (18 points):

In consultation with an advisor, students select courses from the following list, as well as more generally from courses offered at other Departments and Schools at Columbia University:

HUDM 5058 Choice and decision making (3)

P8120 Analysis of categorical data (3) (at Mailman School of Public Health)

P8121 Generalized linear models (3) (at Mailman School of Public Health)

W4640 Bayesian statistics (3) (at the Columbia Statistics Program)

HUDM 5250 Research practicum in measurement and evaluation (0-4)

Psychology (minimum of 9 points):

In consultation with an advisor, a group of courses aimed at substantive preparation in the field of psychology.

Dissertation Advisement and Seminar (minimum of 3 points):

HUDM 7500* Dissertation seminar (1-3 credits each for two semesters) HUDM 8900 Dissertation advisement (0)

Special Requirements:

The first two years require full-time study. In addition to the above coursework, an approved empirical paper, an approved theoretical research paper, successful performance on the certification examination, and completion of an approved doctoral dissertation are required for the Ph.D degree.

M.Phil. Degree

The M.Phil. is an en passant degree awarded to those nearing the completion of the Ph.D. degree. Students contact the Office of Doctoral Studies (ODS) to file for the award of the degree.

To receive the M.Phil., the student must satisfactorily complete the following requirements:

Register for courses through Teachers College and maintain continuous registration.

File, in the Office of Doctoral Studies, an approved Program Plan of Study, including transfer credit.

Complete not less than six courses with evaluative grades, under Teachers College registration, with a minimum composite grade decile of 6.

Pass the Departmental Certification Examination (i.e., Research Methods Examination).

Complete an approved empirical research paper and an approved theoretical research paper.

Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 75 points of graduate credit, as indicated on the Program Plan, and all program requirements for the Master of Philosophy degree.

Be recommended by the Program Advisor and Department Chair for the award of the M.Phil. degree, which signifies certification as a Ph.D. degree candidate who may continue the dissertation requirement under the auspices of the Teachers College faculty.

Candidates should provide copies of the Program Plan and both research papers to the Department of Human Development for inclusion in the student’s records.

Transfer Credit

Relevant courses completed in other accredited graduate schools to a maximum of 30 points, or 45 points if completed in another Faculty of Columbia University, may be accepted toward the minimum point requirement for the degree.

Only completed graduate courses with earned grades of B or higher that appear on the student’s transcript from a regionally accredited institution may be considered for transfer credit.

The student files a “Request for an Allocation of Graduate Credit” with the Office of the Registrar. Once the Registrar's Office determines the eligibility of courses for transfer, final determination of transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the faculty advisor after evaluation of the courses for content and relevance to program requirements. The Office of the Registrar notifies the student of the results.

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Online PhD in Monitoring, Measurement and Evaluation

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Full (officials of PS); 15% off (ECOWAS and IGOs)

EUCLID’s online PhD in monitoring and evaluation is the only doctoral degree program offered by an institution that is itself an intergovernmental   treaty-based institution (EUCLID). To master monitoring and evaluation means to be able to manage and oversee complex programs with external funding sources. M&E is defined as:

Monitoring and Evaluation  ( M&E ) is used to assess the performance of projects, institutions and programmes set up by governments,  international organisations  and  NGOs . Its goal is to improve current and future management of outputs, outcomes and impact. Monitoring is a continuous assessment of programmes based on early detailed information on the progress or delay of the ongoing assessed activities. [1]  An evaluation is an examination concerning the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and impact of activities in the light of specified objectives.

Moreover, EUCLID is an academic partner of other intergovernmental organizations lacking degree-granting authority such as  LLPI  and  CAFRAD . Remarkably, EUCLID’s associated MBA (Sustainable Development) has been consistently ranked in the world's top 20.

Historically, EUCLID grew out of the cooperation between universities and the  International Organization for Sustainable Development (IOSD) which was the original SD international organization and which became a EUCLID-affiliated institute in 2008.

This PhD degree program was officially designed for and by senior civil servants over 4 continents. It is also highly relevant to managers and executives working for multinational companies.

EUCLID’s online PhD in monitoring and evaluation offers a strong coursework core capped with a dissertation and associated project. Graduates can expect to complete the program transformed and enhanced in their ability to make a difference in global research and governance.

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OECD governments and international organizations play a vital role in today’s global and complex international development scene. These governments and organizations fund complex development programs that call for rigorous and professional monitoring and oversight. The employment opportunities in this field are vast, exciting and geographically diverse.

The EUCLID PhD in monitoring and evaluation program is the program you need to obtain the skills necessary to become a desirable and valuable asset for employment with these governments (often through their development agencies like SIDA) as well as international organizations (such as the World Bank or AfDB) and universities: you will receive advanced training in project management and auditing, project monitoring, relevant IT tools, etc.

Although spending 2 years in Geneva or Washington DC is exciting and possibly the best approach for those who can take the campus-based route, the EUCLID program has the advantage of being offered completely online, with a very low tuition designed to make international careers possible for residents to developing countries.


Within certain parameters, the EUCLID Online PhD in Monitoring and Evalution (M&E) is customizable, with elective courses focusing on:

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  • Management and Marketing applicable to NGOs and IGOs
  • Project Management within IOs
  • IO role in Sustainable Economic Development
  • Governance and leadership of Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • International Law and Treaty Law for IGOs and NGOs.
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Note: All courses available in the EUCLID database can be considered elective, after review and approval by your EUCLID counselor. Graduate level degrees may include a certain number of undergraduate electives. Likewise, undergraduate roadmaps may be built using graduate level courses. Again, prospective students are reminded that the final degree roadmap must be reviewed and approved by the Admissions Officer to ensure logical progression of subjects covered and conformity with international standards.

Note: to consult the current and official curriculum/list of courses from the EUCLID CMS database, please visit: EUCLID Available Degree Programs and follow the program link.

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Why Study @ EUCLID?

EUCLID is the only intergovernmental, treaty-based university with a UN registered charter and recognized expertise in diplomacy. Join the alma mater of ambassadors and senior officials globally.

Note: if the PDF brochure is unavailable (or outdated by 2 years), please contact [email protected]


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The application review process takes 4-6 business days after receipt of documents.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology (PhD)

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The MERM Program is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of measurement, program evaluation, and research methodology in the social and behavioral sciences (e.g., Psychology, Education, Quality of Life Studies, Health Studies). For more than 25 years, the faculty and students of the MERM program have been contributing to its international reputation as a leader in the field. Our students and faculty have done research in human and health services, psychological, educational, community and health settings.

For specific program requirements, please refer to the departmental program website

What makes the program unique?

The MERM Program is the only Program in Canada, and among a short list in North American, in which the students are awarded a degree in "Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology"; that is, a degree in the discipline of MERM rather than a degree in some other social or health science discipline with a focus or specialization in MERM. Being awarded a MERM degree, with interdisciplinary foci, makes our students unique in an international setting.

Quick Facts

Program enquiries, admission information & requirements, 1) check eligibility, minimum academic requirements.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

  • Canada or the United States
  • International countries other than the United States

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.

English Language Test

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet-based

Overall score requirement : 92

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

Overall score requirement : 6.5

Other Test Scores

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE is required by some applicants. Please check the program website.

2) Meet Deadlines

3) prepare application, transcripts.

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

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Many programs require a statement of interest , sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.


Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their thesis supervisor. Please follow the instructions provided by each program whether applicants should contact faculty members.

Instructions regarding thesis supervisor contact for Doctor of Philosophy in Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology (PhD)

Citizenship verification.

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

4) Apply Online

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Tuition & Financial Support

Financial support.

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.

Program Funding Packages

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2021 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $22,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $22,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.

Average Funding

  • 4 students received Research Assistantships. Average RA funding based on 4 students was $19,442.
  • 3 students received Academic Assistantships. Average AA funding based on 3 students was $7,813.
  • 9 students received internal awards. Average internal award funding based on 9 students was $15,807.
  • 2 students received external awards. Average external award funding based on 2 students was $20,000.

Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)

All applicants are encouraged to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund their graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA)

Many professors are able to provide Research Assistantships (GRA) from their research grants to support full-time graduate students studying under their supervision. The duties constitute part of the student's graduate degree requirements. A Graduate Research Assistantship is considered a form of fellowship for a period of graduate study and is therefore not covered by a collective agreement. Stipends vary widely, and are dependent on the field of study and the type of research grant from which the assistantship is being funded.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

Graduate programs may have Teaching Assistantships available for registered full-time graduate students. Full teaching assistantships involve 12 hours work per week in preparation, lecturing, or laboratory instruction although many graduate programs offer partial TA appointments at less than 12 hours per week. Teaching assistantship rates are set by collective bargaining between the University and the Teaching Assistants' Union .

Graduate Academic Assistantships (GAA)

Academic Assistantships are employment opportunities to perform work that is relevant to the university or to an individual faculty member, but not to support the student’s graduate research and thesis. Wages are considered regular earnings and when paid monthly, include vacation pay.

Financial aid (need-based funding)

Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans .

All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.

Foreign government scholarships

Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.

Working while studying

The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.

International students enrolled as full-time students with a valid study permit can work on campus for unlimited hours and work off-campus for no more than 20 hours a week.

A good starting point to explore student jobs is the UBC Work Learn program or a Co-Op placement .

Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals

Students with taxable income in Canada may be able to claim federal or provincial tax credits.

Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.

Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.

Cost Calculator

Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.

Career Outcomes

15 students graduated between 2005 and 2013. Of these, career information was obtained for 13 alumni (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016):

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MERM graduates are in high demand because of their technical skills and trans-disciplinary perspectives. Our former students are employed as university faculty, data analysts, research scientists, test developers, directors of research in private sector and government, research consultants, assessment and testing specialists in business, industry, and education, certification and credentialing professionals, and psychometricians at research and testing organizations.

Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

These statistics show data for the Doctor of Philosophy in Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology (PhD). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.


Completion rates & times.

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This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Hubley, Anita (Psychological and health measurement; test development and validation; adult neuropsychological, personality, and mental health topics and assessment; research with general community and vulnerable populations (e.g. elderly, homeless, drug addicted))
  • Kroc, Edward (measurement; applied and theoretical research methodology and best practice; spatio-temporal modelling; Causal inference; urban ecology; life cycle of gulls)
  • Mathison, Sandra (Evaluation theory and practice; student assessment; standardized testing; school and program evaluation; critical theory; interpretive and critical research methodologies, qualitative research methods; sociology of assessment)
  • Wu, Amery (Development of new psychometric methods (e.g. reliability of complex assessment designs, validation methods using structural equation modeling or item response theory); methodology for group comparison in item responses (e.g. detection of differential option functioning in multiple choice tests); understanding response processes; large-scale educational assessment and English Language assessment)
  • Zumbo, Bruno (Psychological methodology design and analysis, and psychometrics; Statistical theory and modeling; Educational assessment and evaluation; Psychometrics and Test Theory; Mathematical sciences of measurement; Latent Variable Models, Item Response Theory, Factor Analysis, Mixed models; Validity Theory and Validation; Multivariate Analysis)

Doctoral Citations

Related programs, same specialization.

  • Master of Arts in Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology (MA)
  • Master of Education in Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology (MEd)

Same Academic Unit

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development, Learning, and Culture (PhD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in School and Applied Child Psychology (PhD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education (PhD)
  • Graduate Certificate in Orientation and Mobility (GCOM)
  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MA)
  • Master of Arts in Human Development, Learning, and Culture (MA)
  • Master of Arts in School and Applied Child Psychology (MA)
  • Master of Arts in Special Education (MA)
  • Master of Education in Counselling Psychology (MEd)
  • Master of Education in Human Development, Learning, and Culture (MEd)
  • Master of Education in School and Applied Child Psychology (MEd)
  • Master of Education in Special Education (MEd)

Further Information


Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology (MERM) focuses on the preparation of graduate students to be methodological and measurement specialists. MERM students generally fit into one of three categories:

  • Students who have an applied interest in educational and psychological measurement, program evaluation, or data analysis. These students are more oriented toward the use of measurement, program evaluation, or data analysis techniques in fields such as education, psychology, or health.
  • Students who have strong theoretical interests in technical problems related to areas such as test theory, item response theory, assessment, statistics, factor analysis, and multi-level modelling.
  • Students who find it compatible with their career goals to give equal attention to both applied and theoretical aspects of this program.

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The Section of Organisational Psychology offers a PhD in Programme Evaluation by dissertation only. We do not offer a PhD by coursework and dissertation.

The minimum admission requirement is a master’s degree in programme evaluation with a component in quantitative research methods at HEQF level 9. Candidates should have an average mark of 65% for their master’s degree. Also note that a named degree (in other words, a degree with a label indicating that it is in the discipline of programme evaluation/monitoring and evaluation) is required. A degree in any other discipline with only a module in programme evaluation is not sufficient for admission into this doctorate.

Please note that while we greatly encourage PhD candidates who are experienced programme evaluation practitioners to apply, professional experience in programme evaluation alone is not sufficient for admission into this doctorate – as a master’s degree in programme evaluation is also required.

You can apply for PhD studies throughout the year.

To apply, please forward a short CV stating your contact details, academic qualifications and courses completed in research design and/or statistics.  A short proposal describing the proposed evaluation topic for the PhD should also be included, as this is essential to determine whether or not an appropriate supervisor can be identified for your chosen area of research.  These documents should be sent to the programme convener, Adiilah Boodhoo .

A preliminary check will be performed to ensure you fulfil the necessary prerequisites and requirements. If so, the relevant documents will be forwarded to potential suitable supervisors in the area of your interest. Because most potential supervisors limit the number of PhD students they agree to take on annually (to ensure the quality of supervision they give to their existing PhD students), there may not always be a suitable supervisor for your proposed research topic at UCT.  For these reasons, please be aware that the selection process is highly competitive, and offers are made to a very limited number of applicants.

The main requirement of a PhD is that the candidate adds new academic knowledge to the field of programme evaluation. This will usually involve an evaluation of an existing social programme or initiative and/or a substantial contribution to our understanding of the theory and practice of programme evaluation (i.e., knowledge about how we should evaluate this particular programme or initiative). Producing a manuscript describing your work on a programme or an existing evaluation report does not fulfil this requirement and would not be accepted as a proposal. Also, note that the university requires ethical clearance for all data collected for research purposes. Therefore, existing data collected outside the ethical rules of UCT cannot be used for a PhD.

UCT is a residential university. We do not offer PhDs by correspondence or through online degrees. In addition to regular, face-to-face meetings with your supervisor on campus, the Section may also require you to spend six months resident on campus during your first year of registration. During this time, you will be supervised closely to prepare a proposal that would be acceptable to the various university committees. Your proposal must be presented within the first six months of your PhD registration. Please note these requirements, especially if you are an international applicant not currently residing in Cape Town.

We may also require you to do additional courses in programme evaluation, research design or statistics.

The relationship is primarily administrative and not necessarily pedagogical (although a number of excellent programme evaluators apply management studies principles to their work). The degree is registered in the School of Management Studies (Commerce Faculty) and is administered by the Section of Organisational Psychology.

However, a background in organisational psychology or management studies is not a requirement for entry into the degree. Similarly, graduates will not acquire a professional qualification in organisational psychology on the basis of the degree.

Please consult the Fees Handbook for the cost of a PhD. International applicants should check under the relevant section, International Students, for their fees.

Unless specifically advertised, there is typically no dedicated scholarship or bursary fund for successful PhD in programme evaluation candidates. Limited financial support is available through scholarships, bursaries, and student loans. Please contact the Postgraduate Funding Office for more information. 

Please note that some scholarships require application by June of the year preceding study. You are advised to apply in June even if you do not know by then whether you have been selected into the programme. International students should note that funding is limited and are advised to apply for sponsorship in their own countries.

Please contact the programme convener, Adiilah Boodhoo .

For more information, please refer to the  Commerce Postgraduate Handbook .

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Doctorate in Evaluation Studies

The two-year doctoral program aims to meet the demand for high-level and scarce skills in Monitoring and Evaluation studies on the African continent. At this level, the aim is to ensure that a new generation of evaluation scholars is trained to ensure that the growing professionalisation of the field is sustained and that a tradition of high-quality scholarship in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in Africa is established and further expanded. The successful completion of the program involves a good grasp of the theoretical and methodological demands of scholarship in the field that culminates in a novel and original contribution to the field in the form of a substantive dissertation and subsequent journal articles.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development, Research and Evaluation Methods

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We need researchers who understand societal problems firsthand AND have the tools to tackle them. Join CU Denver’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Human Development concentration in Research and Evaluation Methods to become exceptionally data savvy and immediately apply your learning to your field. Students gain expertise in methods and advanced analysis techniques while participating in research, evaluation, and teaching experiences.

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The field of education needs experts in data use and research approaches to address critical problems in society. The PhD in Education and Human Development concentration in Research and Evaluation Methods prepares you to become exceptionally data savvy while collaborating with top faculty in the field.

The goal of this concentration is to prepare you to:

  • Design and carry out meaningful, engaged research in education, human development, and social science fields.
  • Become collaborative, mindful, culturally responsive researchers and evaluators. We take a strong social justice stance to our field. 
  • Learn advanced quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research techniques.

Why Research and Evaluation Methods at CU Denver?

Teaching and research experiences.

You will participate in teaching and research experiences early and throughout the program.

Build Your Dossier

Leverage opportunities to present and publish with your faculty to build a strong resume alongside your coursework.

Conduct Research and Evaluation Studies

As part of the course requirements, you will learn how to design and conduct multiple research and evaluation studies including a dissertation study.

Networking & Collaboration

Gain access to faculty networks while building your own connections through multiple collaboration opportunities across the university and your field of interest.

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Sample Courses

  • RSEM 7100 - Advanced Qualitative Methods 3 credits
  • RSEM 7130 - Advanced Measurement: Item Response Theory 3 credits
  • RSEM 7800 - Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) 3 credits
  • RSEM 7400 - Culturally Responsive Research and Evaluation Methods 3 credits

Recommended Completion Time: 4 to 5 years

Required Credits for Completion: 75

Admission Requirements

Application deadlines.

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: January 1

The core course rotation begins every fall. We encourage students to review the concentration area choices on our website and contact one or more of the faculty associated with that concentration area for an appointment prior to submitting their application. This ensures the students have an opportunity to discuss their research area of interest, as well as introduce themselves to the faculty. Also, the financial support we provide our PhD students is often tied to federal and state funding decisions, so meeting with a faculty member will let you know if any funding opportunities will be available in the upcoming year.

As part of gaining admission to the PhD program, students are paired with a doctoral faculty advisor/mentor. The doctoral faculty may request a personal interview to complement the information provided in the application materials.

Application Requirements

  • Master's degree or equivalent
  • 3.5 GPA in graduate-level course work recommended
  • 3 recommendation letters: two letters should come from faculty in a university program in which you were previously enrolled
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