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Online Master of Science in Measurement and Evaluation

Program Length: 20 Months
Credit Hours: 30
Total Classes: 10
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

The online Master of Science in Measurement and Evaluation at American University sets a higher standard to prepare you for excellence in program evaluation.

Throughout your coursework and six practicum experiences, you’ll learn how to design and lead high-level evaluation efforts, improve data collection analysis and visualization, and support program equity. You’ll gain experience designing performance and impact evaluations and communicating findings to program collaborators and contributors.

You’ll learn from expert faculty with 20 to 30 years of experience in the field who are leaders in the American Evaluation Association, Washington Evaluators, and other local affiliates. Our faculty are actively involved in helping you with networking and supporting your professional development.

You’ll graduate ready to impress future employers with skills, knowledge, and experience that already demonstrate excellence and leadership in measurement and evaluation.

Program Objectives

Master Key Analytical Skills To Be Effective Now

Excel in an evaluator position of your choice as you become empowered to lead evaluation efforts and data-driven decision-making. Through the online MS in Measurement and Evaluation, you’ll gain the skills you need to design and implement high-level program-based evaluations. By graduation you can:

  1. Improve Programs

    Create logic models, results frameworks, and Evaluation Statements of Work (SOWs) to improve the planning, implementation, management, monitoring, and evaluation of projects.

  2. Evaluate Data

    Evaluate relevant project data using qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and visualization tools.

  3. Form Relationships

    Establish professional consulting relationships with all project collaborators while using appropriate correspondence channels.

  4. Design Evaluations

    Use a variety of approaches and designs; plan performance, impact, and economic evaluations that support program equity and the needs of program collaborators.

  5. Appraise Trends

    Assess emerging trends in evaluation and the impact of ever-changing technologies.

  6. Be a Leader

    Demonstrate professional ethics, project leadership skills, and cultural responsiveness while engaging in self-reflection.

See How We Set the Standard

6 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 Master of Science in Measurement 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.

Success in the workplace requires more than possessing relevant knowledge. You must also know how to communicate your ideas, work with teams, make ethical decisions, think critically, and demonstrate cross-cultural competence.

The online MS in Measurement and Evaluation is an experiential, project-oriented program that will give you the technical skills you need to design monitoring and evaluation systems that measure performance and impact while supporting equity. It was developed by industry professionals, so you’re prepared well beyond the basics with the critical information, skills, and experience you need at graduation to lead project evaluations.

Details can be found on our Program Curriculum page.

The Role of a Program Evaluator

Program evaluators are found in all sectors by many titles. Still, the core of their role involves measuring program performance and impact, and providing insight and change recommendations after data collection and analysis. They answer questions such as: 

  • How is the program performing, and what might be changed during implementation to better meet objectives and serve program collaborators?
  • What was the impact of the program, and how can we show that impact through data?
  • Is the cost of the program reasonable in relation to its outcomes?
  • Is there an alternative program design that could have similar outcomes with less cost?
  • How do different groups experience the program? Is there equity in program outcomes?

The Many Titles of Program Evaluators — Which One Appeals to You?

The job growth rate of the many titles that align with the program evaluator’s responsibilities is strong. Additionally, a top five goal of non-profits is to start new or expand current programs1; while public sector is increasingly more focused on accountability. Consequently, the few who qualify for these positions find they can take their pick of sector and title while earning top dollar and using their career to make a lasting impact on communities and society.

Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

Director of Evaluation and Research

Director for International Development

More Roles to Explore

Social & Community Service Managers

Social and community service managers implement and supervise programs conceptualized by administrators, elected officials, or project collaborators, and are often expected to demonstrate effectiveness to those who fund them. To do so, they’ll collect qualitative and quantitative data, and use evaluations to identify areas that need improvement for programs to be more effective and equitable, such as providing mentorship and assessments for their staff.

Emergency Management Directors

Emergency management directors are responsible for keeping their community safe in the event of disasters and states of emergency, such as a natural disaster. In addition to drafting plans for, and managing people during response efforts, they coordinate shared resources, prepare and analyze damage assessments following an event, report on spending, and revise emergency plans as necessary.

Urban & Regional Planners

Urban and regional planners is an umbrella term for many roles that contribute to how a community’s physical space is developed or conserved to serve the community equitably. Such planners are involved in land use and code enforcement, transportation, managing environmental and natural resources, supporting economic development and urban design, and advocating the best use of a community’s land and resources for residential, commercial, industrial, educational, and recreational purposes.

Management Analyst/Evaluation Consultant

Many management analysts and evaluation consultants, who are also most recently known as evaluation consultants, work either independently or as part of a consulting firm. They often specialize in departments or industries, such as education, public health, environmental protection, disaster relief, and community development, both domestically and internationally. Their job growth rate is on the rise at 14%9, double the national average. Their goals are to develop solutions or alternative procedures to improve efficiencies and support equity, making their recommendations to their contact manager.

Career Services

American University’s Career Center offers its services to online and on-campus students as well as to all alumni, so you’ll continue to receive support for as long as you need it. 

This means you’ll have access to resources for your job search, career advising, internships, and scholarships. You can also network, look for jobs, and apply for positions by making an account at AU Career Web, our online career search tool.

In addition, the Office of Professional Studies offers career development workshops and continuing education through industry-specific webinars delivered by practitioners who discuss emerging trends in their fields. Our program directors act as mentors to current students and alumni alike.

Alumni Employers

As passionate change-makers, our alumni are employed in various settings all over the country. You can find some of them working at these outstanding organizations:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • BlueForce Inc
  • Center for Program Design and Evaluation Dartmouth
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Center for International Private Enterprise
  • Civil Service
  • Collaborative Social Change
  • Community Advocacy Research & Evaluation Consulting Group
  • Family Office Exchange
  • Freelance Consulting
  • Guidehouse
  • JHU Applied Physics Lab
  • Public Libraries
  • State and Local School Districts
  • United Way
  • Winrock International

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 measurement 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 Master’s in Measurement 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.

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Program FAQs

Developed by well-known and highly experienced evaluators, AU’s program offers in-depth and multi-disciplinary content so that you gain the technical skills you need to be an evaluation expert in a variety of fields.

To ensure that the curriculum is relevant and reflective of emerging trends in evaluation, AU constructed the master’s program with guidance from an expert advisory council of evaluators with experience in international development, education, public health, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector.

Admission requirements for the MS in Measurement 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.

The program can be completed in as little as 20 months.

No, a GRE test is not required.

We may accept up to six hours of graduate work from another institution that applies directly to the MS in Measurement and Evaluation degree. Transfer credits from another institution must be approved by the admissions team.

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.

Yes, graduate students enrolled at least half-time in a master’s program may be eligible for federal loans. To apply, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). American University’s FAFSA code is 001434.

This program is offered exclusively online. There will be opportunities for learners to meet each other face to face in our immersion events, but these events are optional.

Yes. The online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation consists of four courses focused on evaluation theories, approaches, and designs and data-driven decision making. If you decide to pursue the online MS in Measurement and Evaluation at a later date, you can use these 12 credits towards the full degree.

All students will have the opportunity to focus on an area of their interest and work with a client to complete their capstone project. Students will work with an experienced faculty member who will serve as a mentor and provide feedback throughout each step of the project.

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