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Program Evaluation and Research M.A.

Jan. 10, 2022

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Courses Required

$640

Cost Per Credit Hour

30

Total Credit Hours

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Degree Awarded: Program Evaluation and Research, M.A.

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If you enjoy looking at social and educational programs from a variety of angles to determine what works, why those things work, and how to make them better, a Program Evaluation and Research M.A degree may be in your future. Answers come in a variety of ways but if you’re a student in our master’s program, those answers will come through systematic data driven inquiry, applied research, and practice based evaluation techniques and competencies aligned with the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the largest network of professional evaluators in the country. This degree prepares students for career opportunities with federal or state agencies, educational institutions, profit and non-profit organizations, or as independent consultants. Graduates will also have a strong foundation for entry into a doctoral degree program.

All students in this program will complete core courses in program evaluation, research methodology, and additional electives. They work with programs in the real world to design and conduct at least one full program evaluation with multiple opportunities for more, so that they are well prepared to enter the workforce as evaluators and applied researchers upon graduation.

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Learning Formats

Online Courses


Start Date

January 10, 2022

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Program Details

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Graduates of this program have a strong foundation for entry into a doctoral degree program or one of many job fields where data analysis, research design, and evaluation skill sets are in high demand. Graduates are expected to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the philosophical and historical foundations of inquiry.
  • Apply appropriate quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research tools to answer practical educational, programmatic, and other social research questions.
  • Apply appropriate program evaluation tools to conduct formative and summative evaluations of existing and prospective educational programs.
  • Demonstrate understanding of ethical issues in research and evaluation. Create informative reports of research and evaluation studies tailored appropriately for multiple stakeholders and decision-makers.
  • Employ a wide range of various reliable data analysis techniques and present outcomes in a meaningful and engaging way.

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Admissions

Admission Guidelines

  • A completed WVU online graduate application.
  • Submit an official bachelor degree transcript from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.
  • A Resume/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Applications that are incomplete or are submitted after the deadline may be reviewed if openings remain. WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allow each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Admission materials should be uploaded to the WVU online graduate application. For answers to questions regarding application materials please contact the appropriate administrative assistant: Educational Psychology master's contact:

Dana Musick
c/o The Department of Counseling and Learning Sciences
West Virginia University
PO Box 6122
Morgantown, West Virginia 26506-6122

Applicants can apply for admission for the terms displayed below with associated deadlines.
Spring 2022: November 1
Summer 2022: April 1
Fall 2022: April 1

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Program Evaluation and Research M.A. requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $640.

Total Degree Cost

$23,148 – Residents and Non-Residents

$19,200 – Residents and Non-Residents

Credits Cost
1 $640
3 $1,920
6 $3,840
9 $5,760

Financial Aid

WVU provides a comprehensive approach to helping you finance your education. Learn more by visiting the Student Financial Services website.

Students are encouraged to:

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by the March 1 deadline to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827; and
  • Check with your employer to see if they provide financial support for earning your graduate.

Career Paths

There are approximately 115,000 program evaluation positions in the U.S. and the field is expected to grow by 27 percent between 2016 and 2026. Students who graduate with a Program Evaluation and Research, M.A. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst

Research Analyst

Outcomes Specialist

Evaluation Consultant

Research Strategy Analyst

Senior Research Analyst

Evaluation and Research Manager

Inspector General

Chief Evaluation Officer


Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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