Master of Arts in Program Evaluation
To earn a master’s degree in program evaluation, students complete eight core content courses (24 credits) that cover:
leading models and standards of professional evaluation practice.
quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method design and analysis for the evaluation context.
effective interpersonal and communication skills.
leading-edge dissemination and reporting strategies.
evaluation contracting and project management.
Students also complete a practicum sequence (13 credits) that provides them with the opportunity to further develop their evaluation skills by immersion in a real-world setting in which evaluations are currently being conducted. Settings include government agencies, human service organizations, educational settings, healthcare organizations, and for-profit and non-profit evaluation firms.
All courses are delivered entirely online by accomplished and respected evaluation professionals. As a full-time student, you'll earn your degree in only 16 months (four consecutive semesters). As a part-time student, you will follow an individualized plan of study that meets your needs.
The current cost of tuition for the M.A in program evaluation is $27,750 ($750 / credit hour). Rates are subject to change. Contact the MSU Financial Aid Office for information about financial assistance. Contact MSU Student Accounts for billing and payment information.
The total cost for course materials (e.g., books) is approximately $930. This estimate is based on the cost in academic year 2019 - 2020.
Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation
The graduate certificate is designed to provide foundational knowledge and skills, while providing students with the flexibility to tailor the program to meet their unique educational needs. The graduate certificate is a good option for evaluation practitioners looking to advance their skills and credentials without committing the time and resources necessary to complete a master’s degree. However, should your circumstances change, 9 credits from the certificate program can be applied toward the master’s degree. This means that once you complete the graduate certificate, you are already 9 credits closer to earning your M.A. in Program Evaluation.
To earn a graduate certificate in program evaluation, students complete four 3-credit courses (12 credits). As a certificate student, you would take PSY 880: Foundations of Evaluation to gain a solid foundation in leading models and standards of professional evaluation practice. You would also choose one of the two methods courses: PSY 881: Evaluation Design or PSY 884: Qualitative and Mixed Method Evaluation. For the other two courses, you select the courses that best meet your professional goals. You can choose any of the core content courses that you have not already taken; that is, you can choose among: PSY 881: Evaluation Design; PSY 882: Evaluation Data Collection Methods; PSY 883: Statistics for Evaluators I; PSY 884: Qualitative and Mixed Method Evaluation; PSY 885: Communicating and Reporting; PSY 887: Statistics for Evaluators II; and PSY 888: Evaluation Project Management. Information about when each course is offered can be found on the MSU Schedule of Courses.
The current tuition cost for the graduate certificate in program evaluation is $9,000 ($750 / credit hour). Rates are subject to change. Contact the MSU Financial Aid Office for information about financial assistance. Contact MSU Student Accounts for billing and payment information.
The cost for course materials (e.g., books) is approximately $300. This estimate is based on the cost in academic year 2019 - 2020.
Not interested in pursuing an M.A. or a graduate certificate, but would like to build your skills in a particular competency area? Any of the eight core content courses can be taken through MSU’s Lifelong Education program. If you are interested in taking one or more of the courses as a non-degree seeking student, contact us regarding course availability and complete the MSU online Lifelong Education Application status through the university.
The current tuition for a 3-credit course through the Lifelong Education program is $2904.75 ($968.25 / credit hour). Rates are subject to change. Contact the MSU Financial Aid Office for information about financial assistance. Contact MSU Student Accounts for billing and payment information.
The cost for course materials (e.g., books) ranges from approximately $50 to $120. This estimate is based on the cost in academic year 2019 - 2020.
More information about the program is availale in the MSU Program Evaluation Student Handbook