Master Project and Program Evaluation for Career Advancement
From the global workplace to local communities, organizations of all shapes and sizes are embracing the values of accountability, professionalism and organizational efficiency. This has led them increasingly to the science of evaluation to evaluate their projects and programs, resulting in dramatically increased interest in evaluation jobs as a profession.
The growth of the field is reflected in the growth of the American Evaluation Association, which had roughly 3,000 members in 2001 but has more than 7,000 today. And there are now more than 50 other international professional associations dedicated to evaluation. In addition, social science occupations in the District of Columbia are projected to grow by a rapid 29 percent from 2010 to 2020, while the projected national average growth in these roles will be a healthy 19 percent.1
The Master of Science in Measurement & Evaluation from the School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS) at American University is designed to prepare career-changers and mid-career adult professionals for technical functional responsibilities. The curriculum has been designed to prepare graduates for practical program evaluation jobs that are currently required in the corporate, nonprofit and governmental spheres. Evaluation projects in these sectors may include human resources, technology, finance, healthcare, energy and other fields.
The project and program evaluation master's is also designed to graduate students who are “T-shaped professionals” — employees who possess the soft skills necessary for effective collaboration (the ‘T-top’) as well as a deeper knowledge of a skill, process or body of work (the ‘T-Stem’). Major corporations such as IBM, IDEO and Cisco have even launched initiatives to hire individuals possessing this mix of skills.2 American University’s focus on practical education produces results: 92.5 percent of the school’s graduate degree holders find jobs or go on to further studies.
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JEFFREY RUTENBECK: AU undoubtedly is a place to help people get to their next level. It's kind of a combination of inspiring and scary, how intense some people can be about where they want to go. And they've shopped around and looked at dozens of programs. And they've found, this is the one that's going to get them where they want to go. And when that match is made, it's a beautiful thing.
JUSTIN SMITH: One of the nice things about the program is that it allowed me to apply directly, the lessons I was learning to the work that I was doing at the time. So that's kind of the advantage of going to school at the same time as working in the same profession that you want to continue in. Is that I was able to immediately apply the lessons and I was learning from the University into my work.
VICKY WILKINS: I think we also do pay attention to what the skills are the students need, and what employers are telling us is critical in the labor market to make sure we do shape an experience that prepares students to go out and work.
JEFFREY RUTENBECK: And this is one of the important things I tell people about going to graduate school, go to a graduate school where you are surrounded by people who have the same level of intensity and interest and passion as you do, because that will be one of the most important networks you will have going forward in your life.
KATIE KRESPAN: I think that I make a difference on an everyday level, but some days I wonder if I could be doing more. So coming back to American really gave me the opportunity, I think, to obtain the skills and the knowledge that I need to make a bigger difference.
All evaluation students will have access to the SPExS Adult Career Coaching Center (ACCC). The ACCC provides support specifically targeted at an adult learner audience. Available services include:
- Career guidance and academic advising
- Resume review
- Job search, application and interview techniques
- Official Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) tool assessment and interpretation
- Professional workshops and networking events
1 Carnevale, Anthony, et al. (June 2013). Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements through 2020. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
To learn more about American University’s online MS in Measurement & Evaluation program, call 855.725.7614 to speak with an admissions representative or request more information.