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Professional evaluators work to systematically investigate and help improve the quality and value of programs of all types and sizes, including charitable, educational and school-based, government, health-care, human service and recreational programs. Using many different tools and skills across the spectrum of research and evaluation traditions, evaluators gain a deep understanding of a program and communicate information that guides those who fund, design and implement the program in spending their investments wisely.
Evaluators work closely with people who fund the evaluation, and those who deliver and are impacted by the program, to gain a deep understanding of the program, its impacts, and its value. Using many different tools and skills across the spectrum of research and evaluation traditions, evaluators develop and communicate information that informs people who fund, design, implement, and utilize programs being evaluated.
Students in the certificate program develop an individualized plan of study with their faculty advisor and gain real-world experience in performing evaluations under the direction of seasoned professionals.
Those who complete the program, and who are interested in further graduate training in the field, will have priority admission into WVU’s master’s degree in Program Evaluation and Research.
To be admitted as a non-degree student, a student must present evidence of a baccalaureate degree. The WVU College of Education and Human Services requires all students to maintain a 2.75 grade point average for the 12 credit hours of course work.
West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
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Tuition and Financial Aid
Estimated Tuition and Fees
The Program Evaluation Graduate Certificate requires 12 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $628 for residents and $628 for non-residents.
Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.
Career opportunities include non-profits and social service agencies, school and other educational institutions, health care, and corporate evaluation firms. State and federal agencies also have evaluation specialists on staff to hold government units accountable and provide evaluative information on programs and policies at the request of elected officials. Finally, there are many opportunities for professional evaluators to win bids for evaluation contracts and work independently for the clients who sponsor those contracts.