Master 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 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 evaluation needs that are currently required in the corporate, nonprofit and governmental spheres. Projects in these sectors may include human resources, technology, finance, healthcare, energy and other fields.
The MS in Measurement & Evaluation 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.
All 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.