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Advanced Program Evaluation and Data Analytics Doctor of Human Services

School of Counseling and Human Services


Total program credits needed for graduation: 72 quarter credits

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

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Sixteen Required Courses



60 quarter credits

Core courses:

Multidisciplinary Practice and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners

Learners in this course critically analyze theory and research in human services, with an emphasis on contemporary research and application issues. In addition, learners use a multidisciplinary approach to examine the connection between individuals, organizations, and society to construct public value in human services. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer

4 quarter credits
Action Research Methods in Human Services

In this course, learners develop and apply skills using data and technology for planning, executing, and assessing the action research process. Learners demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of the organization; collaborate with stakeholders to develop and implement an intervention for organizational improvement that includes collecting, analyzing, and interpreting both qualitative and quantitative data to assess the intervention and its effects; and share that information with stakeholders to bring about change.

4 quarter credits
HMSV8212 *
Advanced Ethics and Leadership for Diverse Populations

The focus of this course is the ethical and leadership responsibilities of human service professionals. Learners synthesize ethical principles with leadership roles in public and private settings and evaluate the ways professionals apply ethics and leadership in their work with diverse client and community populations. Prerequisite(s): HMSV8002.

4 quarter credits
Funding and Grant Writing Skills for Human Services

This course offers a comprehensive examination of the process of writing grant proposals and managing grant awards for programs or projects in for-profit, nonprofit, and government organizations. Learners research grant opportunities, align the program or project goals to be funded with the purposes of the funder, develop effective communication with prospective funders, analyze components of successful grant proposals, develop a fundable proposal, and plan for grant funding evaluation. 

4 quarter credits
Advanced Program Design in Human Services

Learners in this course focus on program design at the leadership level in the field of human services. In particular, learners evaluate needs-based program design approaches and the models that inform those approaches. Learners also evaluate effective communication strategies to communicate with internal and external stakeholders and to address ethical implications of various approaches to program design. 

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
Keystone: Determining Readiness for the Professional Doctorate Project

In this course, learners focus on synthesizing the knowledge and skills gained during their program. Learners state the case for their planned capstone project to demonstrate their readiness to enter the professional doctorate project process. In addition, learners identify strategies to secure a supervisor/preceptor and project site. Grading for this course is S/NS. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

Specialization courses:

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
Advanced Leadership for Human Services Analytics

Learners in this course develop and apply leadership skills in the area of human services analytics. Learners evaluate change management theories and models as they relate to analytics and analyze the ethical issues and practices of the analytics field to gain an understanding of how personal ethical frameworks shape the decision-making process. Learners also begin to cultivate the project management skills needed for human services analytics professionals.

4 quarter credits
Advanced Reporting Solutions in Human Services Analytics

In this course, learners analyze, select, and apply reporting solutions that use analytics to fit an organizational need and evaluate different reporting frameworks. Learners in this course demonstrate advanced practice in the analytic lifecycle.

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
HMSV8524 *
Advanced Statistical Methods in Human Services Analytics

In this course, learners study the collection, organization, presentation, analysis, and interpretation of data using statistical methods. In particular, learners practice using appropriate tools to obtain a result using statistical methods and collaborate with team members to compare processes, techniques, and conclusions in order to understand various perspectives. Learners in this course demonstrate advanced practice in the analytic lifecycle. Prerequisite(s): HMSV8502.

4 quarter credits

Learners must register for HMSV9971 a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

HMSV9971 *
Doctoral Capstone

This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and support as they fulfill the required milestones toward completion of a doctoral capstone. Learners apply scholarly research within a particular professional context to advance their knowledge in the science and practice of the profession and solve organizational, institutional, or community concerns. Grading for this course is S/NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required and elective coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

3 quarter credits each



Three Elective Courses



12 quarter credits

Choose any graduate course(s).






72 quarter credits


* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website (


Your doctoral program includes a keystone course which is intended to help you develop a strong foundation for your doctoral capstone topic. In this course, you’ll work with a faculty member who is an expert in the capstone process, examining the key supporting elements of your capstone topic. You’ll synthesize the knowledge and skills needed to prepare to complete your capstone project successfully. In addition, the faculty member in the keystone course will help you identify strategies to secure a project site to help complete your project. This experience will help you hit the ground running when you move into your doctoral capstone base as you near completion of the doctorate in human services.


The doctoral capstone is the culminating activity for the Doctor of Human Services program. The doctoral capstone requires a minimum of 4 quarters to complete. The capstone project will demonstrate your use of evidence to improve outcomes or resolve a gap in the field. As you develop your project, write your findings using an evidence-based approach, and complete your work, your experience will give you the skills and knowledge to practice at the top of your profession.

There are two approved options for your final capstone project: research paper or professional product

RESEARCH PAPER: This is defined as a publishable scholar-practitioner analysis based on research about a specific problem or issues appropriate to your specialization. The paper can take the form of an action research monograph or program description/analysis of an ongoing human services agency.

PROFESSIONAL PRODUCT: This is defined as an application of research to create a specific arrangement of materials and activities to bring about improvement in human service practice at a specific organizational setting. The product takes the form of program plan to help meet a need or goal within an organization or a change management plan that entails a set of processes, policies, and materials needed to help your selected organization meet objectives.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 20 credits.

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What can I expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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