12 month | Credit Hours: 9 credits

The online Post-baccalaureate, Non-degree Certification in Program Evaluation is designed to prepare individuals with evaluation skills. Companies and organizations in a variety of settings are seeking individuals skilled in program evaluation, often for funding, accreditation, or programmatic decision-making purposes. The Program Evaluation Certificate is designed to prepare graduate students and professionals to meet the growing demand for working individuals with specific program evaluation skills. The certificate is open to new students and graduate programs throughout the university are welcome to embed the certificate in their programs of study.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview

    The  Program Evaluation Certificate has two tracks - one for post-baccalaureate students (7000 level), and one for graduate-level students (9000 level). Students enrolled in the 7000 track will be available to any individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree and are interested in obtaining the certificate for professional development purposes. The 9000 track will be available to current UWG gradate students who are interested in obtaining the certificate in addition to their program area degree.

    The certificate consists of three graduate-level courses covering theoretical, methodological, and practical aspects of evaluation. Courses will be offered online once a semester. To receive the certificate, each student is required to conduct an approved program evaluation. This experience enables students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real life settings. All courses must be completed to receive the certificate. Any changes in the projected sequence need to be determined jointly between student and advisor in order for the student to be able to complete the program in a timely manner.

    Method of Delivery

    Coursework is available 100% online


    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: Varied

  • Cost

    This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.


    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses


    The certificate consists of three graduate-level courses covering theoretical, methodological, and practical aspects of evaluation. Each course will be offered and cross-listed at the masters/specialist level (7000) and doctoral level (9000). To receive the certificate, each student is required to conduct an approved program evaluation during the EDRS 7103/9103 Program Evaluation III course.


    • Program Evaluation I: Introduction to Program Evaluation
      • This course provides an introduction to evaluation. Topics include an overview of the history of evaluation and an introduction to important evaluation models and practices. An emphasis will be placed on defining evaluation and evaluation-specific methodological skills and practices relevant for conducting high-quality program evaluations.
    • Program Evaluation II: Program Evaluation Development
      • This course provides an in-depth examination of research designs and methods appropriate for program evaluation. An emphasis will be placed on the process of developing a program evaluation proposal adhering to professional and ethical standards.
    • Program Evaluation III: Program Evaluation Implementation
      • This course focuses on quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches to data analysis, and the process of reporting evaluation research findings. An emphasis will be placed on using software to summarize data, answer evaluation questions, and develop a comprehensive program evaluation report to applicable stakeholders.

  • Faculty

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  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
    • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
    • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
    • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office. 

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    • Bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution OR Current UWG Graduate student who has been granted graduate admission
    • A Letter of Commitment outlining 1) the need, purpose, or motivation for completing the program, and 2) access to a program evaluation project setting
    • 2.7 GPA or higher in most recent degree
    • Recommended ACT score of 43 or higher (English/Math) or SAT score of 1000 or higher (Verbal/Math) - for post-baccalaureate applicants
    • Recommended GRE score of 297 (Verbal/Quantitative) (1030 if prior to 8/1/2011) - for current graduate-level applicants

    Application Deadlines

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School 

    *Application, app fee, and document deadline

    See The Scoop for more specific deadlines

    Admission Process Checklist

    The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here
    NOTE: Online students may qualify for a term-by-term exemption to the immunization policy.
    Contact the Immunization Clerk for more information.


    Emily Fincham
    Pre-enrollment Contact

    The Department of Leadership, Research, and School Improvement website includes a program handbook, directory of instructors and their credentials, as well as other vital information.

  • Dates

    Specific Graduate Admission Deadlines are available via the Graduate School
    *Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

  • Objectives
    • Candidates demonstrate content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge of skills
    • Candidates develop implement, and evaluate learning opportunities for all students
    • Candidates demonstrate professional dispositions and ethics
    • Candidates demonstrate ability to serve needs of diverse populations, including special needs