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The Michigan State University (MSU) online Program Evaluation Masters and Program Evaluation Certificate are built to equip evaluators with skills to determine if programs are working and how they can be improved. Skilled evaluators are in high demand. Now is the time to progress on your path to building a successful, rewarding evaluation career with credentials from an accredited university celebrated for academic excellence.


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  • No GRE required to apply
  • Apply to start in September, January, or May. 
  • Personalized plan of study 
  • Practical, skill-based coursework
  • Peer, faculty, and staff support
  • Career advising

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Graduates who say the M.A. or certificate was beneficial for their career

Faculty Spotlight

"Hi, I'm Ana Coghlan. I've been an evaluator for over 25 years, working mostly in international development evaluation with donor agencies, international and local non-governmental organizations, and UN entities in the areas of HIV/AIDS care and prevention, maternal and child health, and agriculture and rural development. I have an M.A. in International Planning and a PhD in Program Evaluation and Planning. What I love about MSU's MA and Certificate in Program Evaluation is the access the programs provide to students and professionals around the world to first-rate evaluation studies. The other thing I love is its intentional mix of evaluation theory and practice, where all the faculty have strong academic backgrounds and extensive real-world work experience in evaluation. Come and join us as we explore how program evaluation can make the world a better place!"

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Weather Potdevin, Program Evaluation MA Alumnus

Alumni Experience

"My Master's in Program Evaluation from MSU positively affected my career. Once I completed the program, so many new career opportunities were more easily attainable. The degree was totally worth my time and effort, and it directly tied to my career advancement."

Weather Potdevin, Program Evaluation M.A., 2018 

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Weather Potdevin, Program Evaluation MA Alumnus