Master the skills necessary to pursue a career in the field of data sciences, one of the “sexiest careers of the 21st century,” by earning an online MS in Program Evaluation and Data Analytics. Learn how to improve organizational effectiveness by translating data into actionable information through evaluation and performance frameworks.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

This tools-based degree prepares you for a career that spans the public, nonprofit and private sectors using data-driven and evidence-based approaches to social impact. You will develop expertise in performance and evaluation frameworks for social programs, and foundations in the field of data science, one of the “sexiest careers of the 21st century” according to Harvard Business School Review.

The Master of Science in Program Evaluation and Data Analytics is a professional degree that emphasizes skills needed to leverage data to improve organizational performance in the public and nonprofit sectors. We have combined curriculum from the field of program evaluation, which provides tools to assess policy or program impact, with data science courses, which empower students to utilize a diverse array of data analysis tools in new and exciting ways. Your coursework will introduce you to impact analysis, data visualization, dashboards, and automation of reporting.

Unlike other data scientist degrees, this program is built using public sector and nonprofit examples. We do not assume that students have a background in computer programming before starting the degree. Courses build the technical skills necessary to implement rigorous approaches to collecting and analyzing data within public organizations to enhance performance management. ASU’s online degree in Program Evaluation and Data Analytics will prepare you to work as an analyst or manager.

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After completing your degree in Program Evaluation and Data Analytics you might follow one of several career paths.  Some graduates will work with local, state, or federal government agencies on issues related to open data, smart cities or, community indicators. They utilize data to improve government performance and citizen experiences. Others might pursue careers as analysts at think tanks, research groups, or consulting firm such as World Bank, OMB, or Deloitte. Some may work with large nonprofits or international development agencies to measure program efficacy and develop monitoring and evaluation capacity.


Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in criminology or criminal justice, public administration or public service, sociology or social work, public safety or fire service management, parks and recreation management, applied sciences, environmental sciences or geography, public health, economics, urban planning, management, political science, nonprofit studies, law, journalism, humanities, STEM or another closely related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants are required to submit:

  • Graduate application and application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A written statement, at least one page in length, which describes the applicant's educational and career goals and long-term professional development strategy
  • Evidence of current employment in an organization in this field or at least two years prior professional experience in this or a related field or a bachelor's degree in a related area

Additional Admission Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

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