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Program Evaluation

We welcome applications on a rolling basis. The next priority application deadline is July 15, 2024.

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Program Overview

As schools, colleges and universities, not-for-profit organizations, government entities, even private and public companies, seek to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of their projects, policies and programs, the need for credentialed program evaluation specialists will continue to increase.

The theoretical knowledge and practical skills acquired in our program evaluation program can be applied to a wide range of educational, social services, and business contexts. Graduates can serve as staff or consultant evaluators for assessment or accreditation bodies; support the effective, efficient management of not-for-profit institutions; evaluate government programs; and inform practice and policy decisions in any educational institution – K-12 or higher education – they may be working in.

Key Program Features

  • Combining Theory and Practice: Includes a two-course sequence in program evaluation theories and practices, along with mini-courses focusing on research strategies to conduct surveys, interviews and focus groups, and using quantitative data analysis software.
  • Career-Related Experiences: Includes a group and an individual supervised practicum experience to enable students to gain real-life experiences in conducting program evaluations. 
  • Flexible: Program can be completed full time or part time, starting in any semester, allowing you to go at your own pace.
  • Online Courses: Enjoy the convenience of taking some courses online.
  • Supportive Environment: Engage with faculty and peers at the master’s and doctoral levels - both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Faculty Mentorship: Work with a dedicated faculty advisor to tailor the program to suit your academic and career goals.


  • A bachelor's degree.

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Program Options

These programs in program evaluation focus on preparing students to collect, analyze, and use information to answer questions about projects, policies, and programs, with particular attention to program implementation, effectiveness, and efficiency in education and other institutional settings.

MS in Program Evaluation

33 credits; for individuals in any profession interested in pursuing an advanced degree in the theory, methods, and practice of program evaluation; includes the opportunity to select electives specific to your career interests and needs. Coursework for the master's degree in program evaluation

Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation

15 credits or less; for individuals in any profession interested in developing foundational research and program evaluation skills, and for students seeking to support their current degree program with the knowledge and expertise in theory, methods, and practice of program evaluation. Coursework for the advanced certificate in program evaluation

Combine Certificate

While an Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation is great on its own, it is also a helpful and marketable complement to an existing Warner program.

For a doctoral program, you may be able to earn an advanced certificate with as little as three additional credit hours.

Customize Your Degree

Our degrees are designed to meet your interests and career aspirations. Whether you want to add an advanced certificate or specialize in a distinct area of emphasis, we can help craft the best option for you.

We welcome applications on a rolling basis. The next priority application deadline is July 15, 2024.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our programs in program evaluation will be well prepared to assume staff or consultant positions across diverse industry segments. In addition, pursuing a degree or certificate in program evaluation concurrent with your current Warner degree program will significantly improve our graduates ability to influence and impact policies, projects, and programs executed by their school districts, institutions of higher education, not-for-profit organizations, or companies.

Recent graduates of our degree and certificate programs in program evaluation have secured opportunities as directors of evaluation and directors of research, analytics, and evaluation at not-for-profit organizations. Several regional K-12 school administrators have used the program to support their district leadership roles and better inform their decision making.

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Program Director

Nahoko Kawakyu O'Connor

Associate Professor (Clinical), Director of Program Evaluation

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