The ability to effectively evaluate projects, programs, and processes is essential to lead organizational success today. American University's MS in Measurement & Evaluation teaches you the skills to lead evaluation efforts, increase your technical skills and better position you for upper-management roles.

This flexible, fully online evaluation degree program builds your expertise in planning, monitoring, and evaluating programs and projects. You will become a skilled evaluator of the effectiveness of projects and program management. Developed by active evaluation practitioners with more than 20 years of industry experience, this practical degree will prepare you to make a difference in your organization.

Application fee waivers now available for applicants that complete their application file within three weeks.

In this 20-month, 30-credit online program evaluation master's, you will:

  • Gain a universal framework for collecting, analyzing, and using data to determine program and project effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Build the leadership and practical assessment skills needed in corporate, non-profit, and governmental organizations to evaluate projects bridging various sectors and industries.
  • Learn to move beyond the management of projects and programs to assess, measure and evaluate the efficacy of program efforts.

Career Opportunities

When you study at American University, you also benefit from superior educational rigor and networking opportunities. In fact, 92 percent of graduate degree holders find jobs or go on to further studies. This evaluation degree can prepare you for the more than 27,000 positions requiring data evaluation or program evaluation skills1 that were posted in 2015 alone. These include a variety of lucrative analyst and management roles:

  • Management Analyst — $81,320
  • Operations Research Analyst — $78,630
  • Top Executives — $102,690

– Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016 Occupational Outlook Handbook

Program Evaluation Courses

Courses in Measurement & Evaluation

Field/Professional Courses in Measurement & Evaluation (12 Credits)

PME 600: Principles & Theories of Evaluation
PME 610: Evaluation Approaches and Designs
SPEX 640: Evaluation: Qualitative Methods
PME 700: Evaluation Sciences Capstone

Core Courses (9 Credits)

SPEX 600: Innovation Through New Technologies
SPEX 610: Intercultural Communication for Professionals
SPEX 660: Data-Driven Decision Making

Required Courses (6 Credits)

SPEX 620: Professional Ethics & Project Leadership
SPEX 650: Evaluation: Quantitative Methods

One Elective (3 credit hours from the following):

APM 600: Adaptive Project Management Principles
HCS 600: Standards & Systems in US Healthcare
HRAM 600 Human Resource Information Systems
IDLA 600 Instructional Design Principles and Practices
SAM 600: Strategic Management of Sports Organizations
SPEX 615 Decision Making and Change Management
SPEX 630: Client Communications and Professional Consulting
SPEX 635: Teams and Virtual Teams
SPEX 670: Project Cost-Benefit Analysis

Advisory Council

The online MS in Measurement & Evaluation is taught by professionals with over 20 years of experience who remain active in the field. To further ensure the curriculum is current and relevant, an advisory council comprised of leading practitioners in planning and evaluation has provided input on competencies, standards and industry trends.

“The curriculum blends theory and real-world experience, as it requires students to practice what they learn virtually in real time, through organizational partnerships and practicum assignments, where students design and carry out evaluations.  This helps students involved in domestic and international work to gain evaluation and consultancy experiences and build their resumes while studying.”

- Beverly Peters, Ph.D., Program Director