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Online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation

Program Length: 8 Months
Credit Hours: 12
Total Classes: 4
Cost per Credit: $1,485
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What are the program start dates?

Spring 2024

Summer 2024
May 6

Fall 2024
Late August

At a Glance

Become empowered to make data-driven decisions and support equitable outcomes in four courses over just eight months. Enroll in American University’s online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation to gain critical skills in the times that work best for you. With four practicums and career-focused outcomes, the certificate program goes beyond a standard theoretical education to prepare you for a career in evaluation.

Coursework includes four practicum experiences where students partner with organizations to collect qualitative and quantitative data, and plan and carry out real world evaluations. You’ll learn how to design and approach performance and impact evaluations while gaining practical experience in program-based monitoring and evaluation.

You’ll learn from expert faculty with 20 to 30 years of experience in the field who are leaders in the American Evaluators Association, Washington Evaluators, and other local affiliates.

You’ll complete your graduate certificate with the confidence and technical knowledge you need to manage monitoring and evaluation efforts.

Program Objectives

Optimize Programs and Support Equity with New Skills

Gain the critical skill set necessary to design and implement program-based monitoring and evaluation in education, public health, international development, government, and the private and nonprofit sectors. Complete the program with the technical skills necessary to:

  1. Improve Programs

    Create Logic Models and Evaluation Statements of Work (SOWs) to improve the planning, implementation, management, monitoring, and evaluation of projects.

  2. Design Evaluations

    Plan performance and impact evaluations using evaluations that support equity.

  3. Collect, Analyze, Visualize Data

    Craft data collection instruments and collect, analyze, and visualize qualitative and quantitative data.

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2 Practicums Gain Technical Experience

Learn the Tenets of CREE Culturally Responsive Equitable Evaluation

Career-Focused Curriculum Developed with Advisory Panel

Admission Requirement
Curriculum Description
Careers and Outcomes
Student Experience

Admission to American University’s online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation program requires an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.

Applicants will need to submit the following:

*The application fee is typically waived if the application file is complete within a three-week period.

The online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation is an experiential, project-oriented program that will give you the technical skills you need to craft monitoring and evaluation systems that measure performance and impact, while supporting equity.

Details can be found on our Program Curriculum page.

Make a Difference with Monitoring and Evaluation Skills

American University’s online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring is designed to help current employees and job seekers assess a project’s performance as well as its lasting impact. Whether you’re backstopping a project or conceptualizing a program, you’ll need targeted M&E knowledge to help make your efforts a success and support equity in program outcomes.

This vital credential, paired with an accredited institution like American University, positions you for domestic and international advancement in measurement and evaluation careers.

Project managers and program evaluators are needed in several fields, including education, public health, international development, philanthropy, government, and the private and nonprofit sectors.

Your skills in measurement and evaluation will make your efforts a success in roles such as:

Project or Program Manager

Program managers collaborate with teams across an organization to oversee and coordinate projects to ensure they complement one another and benefit the company.

Community Development Officer

Community development officers work on projects that involve urban planning assessment to improve the community or city they work for. In this role, you’ll often work with zoning officers, building inspectors, and land development managers.

Research Associate

As a research associate, you’ll collect, prepare, analyze, and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data to support the improvement and management of programs.

Nonprofit Program Manager

Nonprofit program managers maintain the quality of their organization’s programs and ensure they meet their stated goals. They also oversee the budget and staff for projects.

Evaluation Specialist

As an evaluation specialist, you’ll work under a team leader and help to design and structure the evaluation, review methodologies, and collect, analyze, and visualize data. You’ll present findings to different project collaborator groups. 

Alumni Employers

As passionate change-makers, our alumni are responsible for using their policy skills to make an impact. You can find some of them working at these outstanding organizations:

  • Bizzell Group
  • Development Alternatives Inc
  • Independent Consulting
  • Local School Districts
  • Mathematica 
  • Public Charter Schools
  • US Dept of Commerce
  • Washington Metro Area Transit Authority
  • World Bank

We’re especially proud of our faculty—prominent scholars and real-world professionals at the top of their fields who value mentoring students as much as they value excellence in the classroom. Through their teaching, scholarly achievements and first-hand experience, you’ll gain a special entry point to project monitoring and evaluation.

Visit our Program Faculty page to learn more about our faculty.

Learning Online

American University welcomes its online students as a part of its community. As an online student, you’ll learn from the same outstanding faculty and be held to the same learning standards as students who attend courses on campus. On-campus and online programs deliver the same outcomes, and important support systems, like career resources, are set up for online learners as well. The only difference is you’re allowed to learn when and where it’s best for you so you can earn your degree and advance your career without putting the rest of your career and life on hold.

We Bring AU to You

Our digital campus was intentionally designed based on extensive research behind what makes online learning successful. We combine advanced technology, hands-on experiences, and full access to the American University community. Here, you’re not an online student, you’re an AU student.

Rigorous Courses

Online courses are as challenging as their on-campus counterparts and taught by the same connected faculty members and prominent lecturers.

100% Support

New-student orientation, 24/7 help desk for technical issues, a student services coordinator, financial aid advisers, and more are all available to ensure your success.

Expert Faculty

Home to some of the most acclaimed scholars and thought leaders in the world, you’ll learn from award-winning scholars and policymakers, diplomats, authors, artists, attorneys, scientists, journalists, and more.

Collaborative Learning

Use virtual tools to talk about your coursework, work in teams with classmates, build strong connections, network with others and ask your professor questions and turn in assignments.


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Military Education Benefits

American University is dedicated to supporting military service members, veterans, and their families.

As an online student of the Graduate Certificate for Project Monitoring and Evaluation program, you can transform your military experience and leadership skills into new career possibilities as you earn your degree, regardless of where you live or are stationed.

We support a full range of military education benefits such as:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)
  • Tuition Assistance (TA)
  • Yellow Ribbon Program

Additionally, if you’ve served in any branch of the U.S. military on active duty within the past three years, you’re eligible for an application fee waiver. We accept transfer credits from military coursework, have a dedicated Office of Veterans Services to help connect you to benefits, and maintain an active Veterans Services Support Network.

We welcome you to learn more about our military benefits and how to apply for them.

Take Your First Step Today

Become an American University student. A passion for public service, an emphasis on active leadership, and a global outlook are the hallmarks of the American University learning experience. We create graduates who stand out from their peers as active, socially aware, and compassionate leaders who work toward creating meaningful change in our world.

Join Us.

To learn more about American University’s Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation, request more information, request an appointment, or call us toll-free at 855-725-7614.

Program FAQs

Developed by industry professionals who are well-known and highly experienced in their fields, our program focuses primarily on project evaluation rather project management and offers more in-depth and multi-disciplinary content to arm you with the tools needs to be an evaluation expert in a variety of fields.

A council of top evaluation professionals from leading organizations advised on the curriculum to ensure that it develops the current, relevant skill set needed today for professional success in measurement and evaluation across fields.

Degree requirements for the certificate in monitoring and evaluation include a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Applicants will need to submit the following:

No prior measurement and evaluation experience is required for admission to the program; however, this program is geared toward those with prior professional experience.

No, a GRE test is not required.

We do not accept transfer credits for graduate certificate programs.

Our application deadline will change depending on which semester you are applying for. Please contact our online admissions staff for a specific timeline your application file needs to be fully submitted. Application decisions are given about two weeks following submission.

Our fall semester starts in August. Spring semester begins in January. Summer session begins in May.

No. This is an exclusive program being offered online. There will be opportunities for the learners to meet each other face to face but they are all optional.

Yes, online students can easily request a Student ID online to take advantage of all the same resources as our on-campus students.