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.
Specialized Courses in Measurement & 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.Link to Course Detail Page
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.Link to Course Detail Page
This course teaches qualitative research skills for project planning, monitoring, and evaluation activities. Students will analyze the strengths, weaknesses, and uses of qualitative data, investigating the circumstances under which planners and evaluators use qualitative methods. Working with an academic practitioner, students will learn qualitative data collection tools and techniques, including participant observation, interviews, and focus groups. In collaboration with an organization in their local community, students will complete practical assignments that require the application of several data collection techniques.Link to Course Detail Page
This course explores quantitative methods in project planning, monitoring, and evaluation. It provides opportunities for students to design quantitative evaluations and apply statistical measures to test hypotheses. Students will explore the use of statistical software in managing and manipulating data and the production of descriptive and analytical reports that meet the guidelines and expectations of professional practitioners in the field. They will develop an understanding of an often intimidating and difficult subject with an approach that is informative, personable, and clear as they are guided through various statistical procedures, beginning with descriptive statistics, correlation, and graphical representation of data through inferential techniques, analysis of variance, and more.Link to Course Detail Page
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.Link to Course Detail Page
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.