The certificate in Program Evaluation will provide you with graduate-level training in the concepts and skills necessary to conduct evaluations of programs and program improvement efforts in domestic and international settings. You can also enhance your evaluation skills in your work as an evaluator, policy analyst, health and social service administrator, or program manager for non-profit advocacy and community-based organizations. You can complete the program either on a full-time or part-time basis within a five year time period as a non-degree seeking student or in conjunction with a graduate program at FSU. The courses are offered both online and on-campus.
Step 1: Apply for admissions to the University (select one)
You can enroll in either fall or spring semesters and may take five years to complete 15 credit hours. In the first semester of taking certificate courses, you must complete the Certificate Admissions Form, identifying the five courses and anticipated semesters you intend to take to fulfill certificate requirements. The Admissions Form is then e-mailed to the Program Coordinator. You must complete and submit the Admissions Form in the first semester of coursework for the certificate or the courses will not be eligible for use in completing the certificate.
Courses in the certificate program may be applicable to a graduate degree; however, you should consult with your major professor to determine which courses are applicable to specific graduate programs.
This program requires a minimum of 15 credit hours of coursework: three core evaluation courses (9 credits) and two elective courses (6 credits) in evaluation theory and methods or data collection and analysis. None of the courses on the program evaluation certificate application may be satisfied by transfer credit from other universities.
Required Courses in Program Evaluation (9 Credits):
Elective Courses (6 Credits)
(Other courses may be accepted with approval of Certificate Coordinator.)
Once coursework has been completed, you will complete the Certificate Completion Form, identifying the five courses taken and during which semesters. The Completion Form is e-mailed to the Program Coordinator, who will confirm course and grade information, process the certificate, and notify the registrar of the certificate award for posting on the student’s transcript. You must complete and submit the Completion Form no later than two weeks after the end of your final semester of certificate coursework.
To satisfy the requirements of the certificate, you must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours, have a grade point average of 3.25, and earn at least a “B” or higher in core and elective courses.
Information about tuition and fees can be found here. Please note that students may incur costs associated with the purchase of books/materials for courses.
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