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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 January 7th

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 WINTER)

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

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. 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
$697 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. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Accredited & Respected

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.

HMSV8502 Organizational Performance and Advanced Program Evaluation 4 quarter credits
HMSV8512 Advanced Leadership for Human Services Analytics 4 quarter credits
HMSV8516 Advanced Reporting Solutions in Human Services Analytics 4 quarter credits
HMSV8520 Information Technology Policies and Processes in Human Services 4 quarter credits
HMSV8218 Advanced Data Analytics and Program Evaluation in Human Services 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 folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Doctoral Advising

A doctoral degree takes special effort. It's why we offer expert support at every step to keep you moving forward toward your goal.

Capstone Mentors

You’ll be paired with a knowledgeable mentor early in your program to help you move toward completion of your capstone project.

Relevant Blog Posts

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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**
  • Adjunct, part-time or full-time human services faculty
  • Social services manager
  • Social services director
  • Executive director
  • Program director, children and family services
  • Program manager, children and family services
  • Adoption services manager
  • Director of child welfare services
  • Vocational rehabilitation administrator

Related 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 examples are intended to serve as a general guide.  Many factors determine what position an individual may attain, and Capella can’t guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

** 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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