Master of Science in Evaluation and Organizational Learning

The M.S. in Evaluation and Organizational Learning will prepare you to work as an evaluation professional. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in any field are eligible to apply. Candidates for the certificate will complete 36 credit hours of courses and collaborative applied learning experiences culminating in an evaluation capstone project.

“Evaluation is a growing and evolving field. There is demand both nationally and internationally for professionals with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively evaluate programs, policies, and organizations to improve their effectiveness.” - Tamara M. Walser, Professor and Program Coordinator

Sample Courses 

  • EDL 594 – Evaluation Theory, Practice and Organizational Learning 
  • EDL 545 – Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Approaches to Program Evaluation 
  • EDL 586/686 – Communication, Facilitation, and Cultural Competence in Evaluation
  • EDL 587/687 – Data Collection and Instrument Development
  • EDL 518/618 – Data Analysis & Reporting I
  • MIT 530 – Evaluation and Change in Instructional Development
  • CRM/SOC 502 – Evaluation, Methods and Policy

New Graduate Courses for Fall 2020

  • EDL 586/686: Communication, Facilitation, and Cultural Competence in Evaluation
    Online Synchronous | Multidisciplinary | No Prerequisites
    This course focuses on human relations and social interactions necessary for situational practice and evaluator effectiveness. Students will develop skills in communication, facilitation, conflict resolution, and cultural responsiveness to support professional and just evaluation practice, evaluation utilization, evaluation capacity building, and organizational learning.

  • EDL 594: Evaluation Theory, Practice, and Organizational Learning
    Online Synchronous | Multidisciplinary | No Prerequisites
    This course focuses on evaluation theories and applications; evaluation standards, competencies, and guidelines for practice; and organizational learning. Students will become familiar with the evolution and underpinnings of the evaluation discipline, key evaluation scholars and scholarship, and current trends in evaluation practice.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the fundamental norms and values underlying evaluation practice, including the standards, guidelines, and competencies of the discipline.
  • Demonstrate awareness of self as an evaluator (knowledge, skills, and dispositions) and reflect on personal evaluation practice (competencies and areas for growth).
  • Act and interact ethically through evaluation practice that demonstrates integrity and respect for all people.
  • Apply evaluation theory, approaches, and methodologies.
  • Address evaluation context, including the unique circumstances, multiple perspectives, and changing settings of evaluations and their users/stakeholders.
  • Facilitate evaluation use and capacity building.
  • Manage the evaluation, including developing proposals and contracts, resource allocation and coordination, and monitoring progress.
  • Apply effective interpersonal skills, including communication, facilitation, collaboration, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Engage in culturally responsive evaluation practice, including addressing issues of privilege and power, and facilitating constructive and culturally responsive interactions throughout the evaluation.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university completed before graduate study begins.
  2. Three recommendations by individuals in relevant professional fields.
  3. Official copies of transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate). Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better is recommended.
  4. A letter of interest describing your educational and professional experiences, reasons for pursuing this degree and contributions you plan to make upon degree completion.
  5. Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by July 15.