M.A. Program Design & Evaluation

This is a program in Research for Social Change. Students learn and practice the execution, application, and translation of research to address the most pressing challenges impacting our local and global communities.

Students study and advance solutions to grand challenges through interdisciplinary, community-focused, and research-informed problem solving, solution monitoring, and evaluation.

About the Program

The fully online M.A. in Program Design & Evaluation is a community-focused problem solving and evaluation research degree equipping students with knowledge and skills to design and implement community-focused and research-based solutions to problems situated in social systems, and to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of those solutions.

The program is designed for students and currently employed professionals with 7.5 week course cycles leading to a completed degree within 24 months. Students will immerse in the process of identifying, understanding, and researching key problems of our time with a focus on creating viable, sustainable solutions, and examining evidence of impact.

The program will provide students with transferrable skills applicable across industry sectors, populations, and challenges or problems. Students will gain cross-cultural competencies, community engagement skills, and applied research experience while establishing competency in evidence-based problem identification, solution development, monitoring and evaluation, and translation of results for program and policy evolution.

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Program Requirements

Pre-admissions requirements are consistent with UArizona online M.A. or M.S. degrees, including the 3.0 GPA requirement for Graduate Admissions. No specific prior coursework is required.

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For more information on how to apply to this M.A. in Program Design & Evaluation, visit the Graduate College catalog page.

Program Instruction

Faculty with expertise and decades of experience in community-focused, translational research from the Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) will provide online instruction and guidance. External experts will enhance course learning by sharing experiences and discussing focal issues of importance.

SIROW faculty have deep relationships with community organizations. They will facilitate the development of applied learning relationships for students. These faculty work in several areas such as economic disenfranchisement, immigration, social inclusion and equity, health-related disparities, LGBTQ civil liberties, harm reduction, homelessness, sexual health and HIV, gender equity, employment, and education equity, and criminal and juvenile justice.

SIROW is a regional resource and research institute renowned for collaborative and translational research focused on leveraging health and social equity through evidence.

For more information about the M.A. in Program Design & Evaluation, contact SIROW’s Director of Graduate Studies, Beth Meyerson, at dgssirow@arizona.edu