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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:

Data-Driven Decision Making(3 credits)

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.

Principles & Theories of Evaluation(3 credits)

This course introduces the terminology, critical issues and current debates in the field of evaluation, independent of specific disciplines. It also covers the design of monitoring and evaluation plans and of logical models.

Evaluation Approaches & Designs(3 credits)

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.

Choice of One Elective(3 credits)

Choose One:

  • Innovation Through New Technologies
  • Intercultural Communication for Professionals
  • Professional Ethics & Project Leadership
  • Client Communications & Professional Consulting
  • Teams and Virtual Teams
  • Evaluation: Qualitative Methods
  • Evaluation: Quantitative Methods
  • Project Cost-Benefit Analysis

Admission ProcessHow to Apply to American University Online

  1. First, let us know about you by filling out this profile for BAH employees.
  2. We recommend that you start your AU application process by filing your FlexEd Application
  3. 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:

  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Principles & Theories of Evaluation
  • Evaluation Approaches & Designs
  • Choice of One Elective

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.

Principles & Theories of Evaluation

This course introduces the terminology, critical issues and current debates in the field of evaluation, independent of specific disciplines. It also covers the design of monitoring and evaluation plans and of logical models.

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:

  • Innovation Through New Technologies
  • Intercultural Communication for Professionals
  • Professional Ethics & Project Leadership
  • Client Communications & Professional Consulting
  • Teams and Virtual Teams
  • Evaluation: Qualitative Methods
  • Evaluation: Quantitative Methods
  • Project Cost-Benefit Analysis

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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