Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: Graduate Certificate

Classroom Type: Fully Online Online and on campus classes

Experiences and connections with urban and diverse communities are at the heart of our online Program Evaluation certificate. Coursework involves helping real schools, community organizations and non-profits thrive through effective and culturally responsible program evaluation practices.

Application​ deadlines

Rolling decision

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education Human Development Psychology Social & Behavioral Sciences

Campus: CU Denver Online

What you'll learn 

Evaluation specialists are in high demand! University of Colorado Denver’s Program Evaluation certificate provides both the theoretical knowledge and real-world experience to make our students well rounded, career-ready evaluators who exceed in diverse settings.

Students learn leading theories of program evaluation, explore evaluation design processes, and gain practical experience by developing and conducting at least one evaluation for a school or nonprofit. Students learn to collaborate with stakeholders to design meaningful evaluations, develop strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, examine ethical considerations in evaluation, and construct reports to target multiple program users. Examples and experiences provided are varied within Pre-K - 12 school settings, non-profit and community settings, large scale policies, and culturally responsive evaluation.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development 

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career in educational research and evaluation. The university and school are recognized for preparing leaders of distinction who value educational excellence and social justice. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top schools in the country. 

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Other REM Program Offerings

Sample Courses

  • RSEM 7080 - Methods of Qualitative Inquiry 3 credits
  • RSEM 7110 - Intermediate Statistics 3 credits
  • RSEM 7500 - Special Topics: Research and Evaluation Methods 3 credits
  • RSEM 7210 - Program Evaluation in Schools 3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:1 year

Required Credits for Completion:12

Admission Requirements

This program has rolling admissions. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. 

Application Requirements

  • Resume/CV
  • Written Statement: Describe your interest in the certificate and your special strengths 
  • $50.00 application fee
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency)
For more information, email or call 303-315-6300.

Additional Information

Our students come from a wide array of education backgrounds, usually educational and often psychological.

After gaining admission to the program, your course of study will guide you through the various competencies that are required. At the end of the program, you'll complete a practicum, an independent study project, or a master's thesis. You will need to perform satisfactorily on a written, comprehensive examination.

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