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Certificate in Project Monitoring & EvaluationLearn How to Secure Project Funds and Approvals

As industry standards change, the demand for higher accountability and transparency of development-related project funding also increases. Future funding hinges on the clarity of demonstrated program performance. Employees who specialize in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) skills are in demand for this reason. The skills American University offers in M&E will give you what you need to assess a project or program’s current or past performance, as well as its lasting impact.

Course Description

The curriculum for the 12-credit online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation includes four courses:

Principles & Theories of Evaluation(3 credits)

Analyze the theories, terminology, critical issues, and current debates in the field of evaluation. Gain the skills necessary to design logic models, set evaluation questions, and craft monitoring and evaluation plans that reflect varying project fields and parameters.

Evaluation: Qualitative Methods(3 credits)

Investigate the circumstances under which evaluators use qualitative data collection techniques, practice using different qualitative data tools, and partner with an organization to set a qualitative research or evaluation question, collect qualitative data to answer it, and write a report detailing findings.

Evaluation: Quantitative Methods(3 credits)

Examine descriptive statistics, correlation, and graphical representation of data using statistical software and exercise evaluation methodology by partnering with an organization of your choice.

Evaluation Approaches & Designs(3 credits)

Differentiate between various approaches to evaluation and apply them to different performance and impact evaluation designs, learn when evaluators use different performance and impact evaluation designs, and partner with an organization to plan and carry out an evaluation.

Admission ProcessHow to Apply to American University Online

  1. Send an email to ExecutiveEd@american.edu to let us know of your interest.
  2. First, let us know about you by filling out this profile for BAH employees.
  3. We recommend that you start your AU application process by filing your FlexEd Application
  4. The required application documents include:
    • A completed application
    • Phone Interview with Admissions Advisor
    • Résumé
    • Statement of purpose
    • Two letters of recommendation, which may be from former professors as well as current or former employers
    • Transcripts from previous undergraduate and relevant graduate coursework (If a degree was earned outside the U.S., a course-by-course evaluated transcript is required.) In order to be able to apply for this Graduate Certificate, you must have a bachelor’s degree and a recommended 3.0 GPA.

Tuition and Fees(Subject to Change)

Cost per credit hour
$1,345
Technology fee
(per semester)
$40

Other costs to budget for*:

Books and supplies
$550
Personal expenses
$725
Loan fees
$110

*These costs are an estimation based on the average student — your individual costs may vary.

Project Monitoring & Evaluation

In just 12 to 15 months you can prove program performance

It takes just four courses and 12 to 15 months to gain the skills necessary to advance your career in project monitoring and evaluation. Project managers and program evaluators are needed in nearly every professional industry and sector, including the corporate world, government, global development, and the nonprofit sector. The online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation from American University provides you with the critical skillset necessary to design and implement program-based Monitoring and Evaluation to make a difference within leading sectors.

Gain the In-Demand Skills

You’ll utilize specialized, in-demand skills to optimize current projects, recommend new programs with confidence, and advance your career either domestically or abroad.

  • Comprehend and create a Logical Framework (Logframe or Results Framework) for improving the planning, implementation, management, monitoring, and evaluation of projects.
  • Assess monitoring plans, performance evaluation designs, impact evaluation designs, and Evaluation Statements of Work (SOW).
  • Examine and demonstrate the use of qualitative and quantitative tools used to collect data for formative and summative evaluations.
  • Appreciate the role of governance, both of self and others, in data and project evaluation.

Make a Difference Through M&E - Your Career

The skills acquired within American University’s online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation are applicable toward a wide variety of fields, across many industries and sectors. From humanitarian aid, nonprofit work, and disaster relief projects to community development and project management, M&E assesses 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.

Job Opportunities in the Field of Project Monitoring & Evaluation

In 2016, a study indicated that there were 1.6 million nonprofit organizations which employed over 11 million people, or 10% of the US workforce.1 There is a significant need for nonprofit managers and leaders who understand the importance of integrating impact analysis in the planning process. However, there is a gap in the market for leaders of nonprofit, development, and philanthropic organizations who command the skills necessary to assess project performance adequately. Graduates of American University's online certificate program have obtained these critical skills in order to enter the workforce in roles such as:

  • Project Monitor
  • Community Development Worker
  • Project Manager
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Charity Director
  • Program Manager
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
  • Corporate Sustainability Manager

American University’s online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring helps current employees and job seekers gain the expertise essential to manage performance and impact evaluations on projects or programs effectively. You’ll master the experience needed to shape the strategic landscape and direction of these projects or programs based on the tools and methodologies learned throughout the program.

This vital credential, paired with an accredited institution like American University, positions you for advancement both domestically and abroad in careers in monitoring and evaluation.

The curriculum for the 12-credit online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation includes four courses:

  • Principles and Theories of Evaluation

  • Evaluation: Qualitative Methods

  • Evaluation: Quantitative Methods 

  • Evaluation Approaches and Designs

PME-600 Principles & Theories of Eval (3 Credits)

Principles and Theories of Evaluation (3) 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. Grading: A-F only. Restriction: OGPS Program: Online.
 

PROF-640 Evaluation: Qualitative Meth (3 Credits)

Evaluation: Qualitative Methods (3) This course teaches the skills necessary to carry out qualitative data collection for project planning, monitoring, and evaluation activities. The course analyzes the strengths, weaknesses, and uses of qualitative data, investigating the circumstances under which project planners, managers, and evaluators use qualitative methods. Students learn how to use qualitative data collection techniques common to the work of project planners, managers, and evaluators, including observation, participant observation, participatory tools, interviews, and focus groups. Course work includes practical assignments in which students apply several data collection techniques while collaborating with an organization in their local community. Grading: A-F only. Restriction: OGPS Program: Online.

PROF-650 Evaluation: Quantitative Meth (3 Credits)

Evaluation: Quantitative Methods (3) This course provides opportunities for students to apply statistical measures to test evaluation hypotheses. Students explore the use of statistical software in managing and manipulating data and the proper production of descriptive and analytical reports that meet the guidelines and expectations of professional practitioners in the field. Students develop an understanding of an often intimidating and difficult subject with an approach that is informative and clear as they are guided through various statistical procedures, beginning with descriptive statistics, correlation, graphical representation of data through inferential techniques, analysis of variance, and more. Grading: A-F only. Restriction: OGPS Program: Online.

PME-610 Evaluation Approaches & Design (3 Credits)

Evaluation Approaches and Design (3) Students review monitoring and evaluation approaches, emphasizing evaluation design. The course introduces different performance evaluation designs, including snapshot, simple, cross-sectional, before and after, time series, case study, and developmental design. It then focuses on impact evaluation designs, including experimental and quasi-experimental designs. The course emphasizes the use of mixed method performance and summative evaluation designs that measure progress, outcomes, and impact. Course work includes developing a logframe, Statement of Work (SOW), and evaluation report of a project in the student's local community. Grading: A-F only. Prerequisite: PME-600. Restriction: OGPS Program: Online.

Sue Cottrell

"Even though I worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist before I received my Graduate Certificate in Project Evaluation, I didn’t feel like I had the credentials to stand up to the myriad of other evaluators in the field with much more experience. The hands-on practical exercises in each of the four courses gave me the confidence to articulate a theory of change, develop targeted questions for interviews, analyze data, and conduct an evaluation. After finishing the program, I felt more confident in all aspects of M&E. I regularly apply the concepts I learned in the course as I develop and review project proposals, terms of reference, and set up M&E systems. I also reference materials from the course in M&E training programs I deliver to staff."

Mitch Teberg

"The Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation firmly established my career as an M&E Specialist. Having been in the development sector for 12 years, I found the curriculum to consist of both the well-established and the most up-to-date methodologies. The AU instructors are highly capable professionals with direct experience in the field of M&E and provide their valuable insights throughout the coursework. Thanks to the AU program in 2015-2016 I was able to lead project formulation processes, develop Performance Monitoring Plans, and to integrate custom evaluation designs into programmatic and project design for UNDP Afghanistan. In 2015-2016, I helped to generate over $350m in new programming that included complex joint UN agency programs and cross-border multi-agency projects."

Judith Lewetchou

"The Online certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation at American University was an eye opener for me. It helped me discover my passion for quality assurance, and strengthened my inclination to evidence-based impact analysis. The online setting made it easier for working students to advance their education while keeping a full-time job. It also allowed them to gain wonderful insights from instructors and other classmates from various parts of the world. I highly recommend the program to anyone looking for a highly marketable professional skill."

Jennifer Ottolino

"The best thing about American University’s PME graduate certificate program was that I could participate while living in a village in Tanzania. Being able to apply what I was learning, immediately, to the work I was doing in the field made this one of the richest learning experiences I have had in my career. I loved how the online class discussions were set up to mine students’ experiences of these real-world applications, so that we could learn from each other, too. The professors brought a wealth of expertise to the program but were also kind and approachable. They were invested not only in our success as students in the program, but also in our development as future practitioners of M&E. Overall, I would highly recommend this program for people who do not want to stop working or relocate to get a high-quality, rigorous M&E education."

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