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Advanced Program Evaluation and Data Analytics Doctor of Human Services

School of Counseling and Human Services

Transforming communities through innovation and insights

Sometimes making a difference in the community requires leading transformational change. It takes practical experience and an understanding of innovative leadership methods. Our online Doctor of Human Services, Advanced Program Evaluation and Data Analytics brings all of these tools together for you to advance your career. You will learn and apply innovative management and leadership theories to drive positive change in your organization and community. You will also learn to access and understand human services data from a variety of federal, state, and agency settings—and use that data to formulate insights and make decisions.

This program is not designed to meet licensure requirements for the social work and counseling professions.

At a Glance

  • 100% online
  • 6 Core courses
  • 5 Specialization courses
  • 3 Elective courses
  • 1 Keystone course
  • 1 Doctoral capstone

Classes Start December 2nd

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

What you’ll learn

Develop cultural competence

Apply professional ethics and cultural competence in the human services profession.

Manage with insight

Conduct valid, reliable, and ethical program evaluation and design in the human services discipline.

Decide using data

Apply data analytics to ensure error-free, positive outcomes in human service organizations.

Innovate to drive positive change

Evaluate trends and social phenomena in the field of human services.

Optimize with theory

Apply the knowledge of organization design and leadership theory for optimal organization management.

Communicate professionally

Develop scholarly and professional communication respectful of the diversity, dignity, and integrity of others.

25 years of online doctoral experience

With over 25 years of experience in online doctoral education, we understand the unique needs of doctoral students, and have designed our programs to meet those needs. We've structured our programs to help you reach your goals and obtain critical skills—with our expert faculty, support teams, and online resources to help guide you every step of the way.

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Big data for community change

You will learn current methods using Big Data to make decisions and formulate insights for positive change in your community.

Leader in the field

Capella is one of the first universities to offer a Doctor of Human Services program.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced doctoral faculty who are actively engaged in the human services profession.

Capella offers both a PhD and a professional doctorate in human services. Choose the PhD if your interest is research in policy and program design for systemic change in the profession. Choose the Doctor of Human Services to apply advocacy and problem solving research in the community.

Cost & learning format

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$710 per credit, 72 total quarter credits, 20 max transfer credits

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

$5K toward your doctorate

Apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your doctoral degree.

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample courses

The coursework for this specialization focuses on organizational performance with advanced program evaluation, technological policies and processes, reporting solutions, and statistical methods in the profession.

Keystone course

Work with a faculty member who can help you examine key support elements and identify potential project sites for your capstone topic.

Doctoral capstone

Develop your project, write your findings, and demonstrate your use of evidence to improve outcomes or resolve a gap in the field.

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Organizational Performance and Advanced Program Evaluation

This course presents performance measurement techniques and the advanced methods used to manage organizational performance. In particular, learners examine action research and evaluation techniques to assess the relationship between program impact and organizational performance. Learners also analyze the ethical and legal implications of data use, collection, evaluation, and integration from internal and external organizational perspectives.

4 quarter credits
HMSV8520 *
Information Technology Policies and Processes in Human Services

This course presents key issues related to the implementation of information technology policies and processes as day-to-day operations. In particular, learners consider ethical, cultural, and global issues and their potential effects on internal and external stakeholder needs. Learners also evaluate strategies for implementing different governance models and assess the ways in which those models relate to change management processes and organizational innovation. Prerequisite(s): HMSV8502.

4 quarter credits
Advanced Data Analytics and Program Evaluation in Human Services

Learners in this course examine needs assessment and program evaluation as fundamental tools in nonprofit, for-profit, and government organizations. In particular, learners apply needs assessment strategies to evaluate the needs of specific populations in various social and community settings. Learners also explore researchbased program evaluation models and focus on developing skills in evaluating program effectiveness at the leadership level.

4 quarter credits

Your courses include access to RiverBend City, an interactive tool where you apply what you’re learning in a realistic, multidisciplinary environment. You will develop skills as a collaborative leader, negotiator, communicator, and advocate.

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Doctoral advising

Doctoral programs are specific and challenging. That’s why you’ll have access to expert support at every step along the road to your degree.

Capstone mentors

For the culminating project of your doctoral degree, you’ll be paired with a mentor who can support and assist you along the way.

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Move forward in your career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online Doctor of Human Services with a specialization in Advanced Program Evaluation and Data Analytics.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Program analyst**
  • Management analyst**
  • Data analyst**
  • Executive director
  • Social services director
  • Social services manager
  • Adjunct or part-time human services faculty
  • Full-time human services faculty
  • Program director, children and family services
  • Adoption services manager
  • Director of child welfare services
  • Director

Employment settings to explore

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college
  • Individual and family services
  • Continuing care retirement facility
  • Government - local, state, federal
  • Religious organization
  • Grantmaking/giving service
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Private for-profit social service company
  • Clinic
  • Hospital
  • Shelter

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

** This related job title is based on Capella’s research into potential future market trends. Markets change and industries can rapidly evolve. Learners bear the responsibility for understanding job demand for their field of study.

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