Make a measurable difference within an organization committed to social impact. Participants in this program will master practical skills from our project monitoring faculty with extensive experience in all phases of M&E management, in addition to guest lectures from practitioners in funding and implementing organizations.
The curriculum for the 12-credit online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation includes four courses.
Core Courses (9 credits)
SPEX 660: Data-Driven Decision Making
The primary goal of this course is to explore quantitative and qualitative tools and methods used to evaluate, present, and communicate data (big and small). Students will also learn how to summarize and communicate findings to stakeholders so that they may make informed decisions that will improve the overall quality and efficiency of an organization. Topics include asking the right questions of data, constructing Statements of Work for performance and impact evaluation, conducting t-tests, ANOVA, ANCOVA, matching, differences in differences, regression discontinuity in program evaluation, and disseminating quantitative findings. No prerequisites.
PME 600: Principles and Theories of Evaluation
This course introduces the terminology, critical issues, and current debates in the field of evaluation, independent of specific disciplines. Students begin to gain the skills necessary to design monitoring and evaluation plans that reflect varying circumstances and parameters. Students learn how to develop logical frameworks, or logframes—one of the major documents that donors and implementers use to monitor and evaluate projects.
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.
Electives (Choose one):
SPEX 600: Innovation Through New Technologies
SPEX 610: Intercultural Communication for Professionals
SPEX 620: Professional Ethics & Project Leadership
SPEX 630: Client Communications & Professional Consulting
SPEX 635: Teams and Virtual Teams
SPEX 640: Evaluation: Qualitative Methods
SPEX 650: Evaluation: Quantitative Methods
SPEX 670: Project Cost-Benefit Analysis
*Optional DC Experience @AU on-campus.
Pursue an M&E Master's Degree by Taking 6 More Courses
American University offers a Master of Science in Measurement and Evaluation to provide you with the knowledge to lead evaluation efforts and the technical skills needed for analytically demanding roles in upper management. The program consists of 6 additional courses (10 courses total) and can be completed within 20-months. Learn more about the Master’s program.
To learn more about American University’s online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation and eligibility for the Dean’s Scholarship, request more information or call us toll free at 855-725-7614.