Online Programs

MS in Measurement & Evaluation: Course Descriptions

Learn to Become a Master Project Evaluator

The online MS in Measurement & Evaluation is experiential, project-oriented and developed by industry professionals to give you current, relevant skills. The program consists of 12 courses (36 credits), each eight weeks long, concluding with a capstone course that allows you to showcase your measurement and evaluation skills in a final project. Your practical, project-oriented study will provide valuable experience in the careful planning, preparation, research, analysis and writing required for high-level evaluation.

A council of top evaluation professionals from leading organizations such as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and Save the Children advised on the curriculum to ensure that it develops the current, relevant skillset needed today for professional success in measurement and evaluation across fields.

Courses

Specialized Courses in Measurement & Evaluation (21 Credits)

PME 600: Principles & Theories of Evaluation
This course introduces the terminology, critical issues and current debates in the field of evaluation, independent of specific disciplines. It also covers the design of monitoring and evaluation plans and of logical models.

PME 610: Evaluation Approaches & Designs
This course reviews monitoring and evaluation approaches, emphasizing different performance evaluation and impact designs that include snapshot, one sample, cross-sectional, before and after, time series, and case study designs.

SPEX 640: Evaluation: Qualitative Methods
Learn qualitative research skills for project planning, monitoring and evaluation activities. Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative data, investigating the circumstances under which planners and evaluators use qualitative methods.

SPEX 650: Evaluation: Quantitative Methods
This course explores quantitative methods in monitoring and evaluation research. Design and apply quantitative evaluations and data collection instruments, appraise sampling methods, apply statistical measures to test hypotheses, deploy statistical software for quantitative data management and analysis, and produce descriptive and inferential analytical reports.

PME 620: Emerging Trends in Evaluation Sciences
Learn how to design proposals, monitoring and evaluation plans, and budgets. Discuss how to engage stakeholders in these processes, and become familiar with donor processes and practices relevant to project design and proposal development.

SPEX 660: Evaluation Sciences
This course explores quantitative and qualitative tools and methods for evaluating, presenting and communicating data (big and small). Learn how to summarize and communicate findings to stakeholders so that they make informed decisions that improve overall organizational quality and efficiency.

PME 700: Evaluation Sciences Capstone
The capstone project showcases the student’s skills as an evaluator with the capacity to construct Logical Frameworks and Evaluation Statements of Work, carry out qualitative and quantitative evaluation research, analyze data and write an evaluation report.

Professional Courses (15 Credits)

SPEX 600: Emerging Technology Trends
This course explores the current and potential impacts of new, emerging and rapidly evolving technologies on organizations and their operations across a range of industries and sectors. Topics include project design, data collection and data storage, as well as legal and privacy issues.

SPEX 610: Intercultural Communications for Professionals
Students learn to improve their intercultural competencies and communication skills, with a particular focus on aspects of intercultural communication highly relevant for technical experts and managers.

SPEX 620: Professional Ethics & Project Leadership
Explore professional ethics and leadership to maximize organizational and personal success across a wide range of disciplines and fields. Learn about ethical issues involved in working with clients and donors, professional correspondence, and managing monitoring and evaluation functions.

SPEX 630: Client Communications & Professional Consulting
This course provides the skills needed to collaborate with global partners and widespread teams and to effectively communicate with clients, internal and external customers, and members of the project team.

SPEX 670: Project Cost-Benefit Analysis
Designed specifically with the non-economist in mind, this course discusses recent developments in the theoretical and empirical cost-benefit analysis (CBA) literature, including welfare economics, the microeconomic foundations of CBA, CBA methodology, and current real-world practices of CBA.

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.