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M.S.Ed. Program Evaluation


Exciting new developments are underway for Program Evaluation! Please direct all inquiries to Sue Bianco at bianco@castl.duq.edu for the most up-to-date information as we transition to a new format.

What is Program Evaluation?

"Program evaluation is a systematic method for collecting, analyzing, and using information to answer questions about projects, policies and programs, particularly about their effectiveness and efficiency."*

*Administration for Children and Families (2010) The Program Manager's Guide to Evaluation, Second edition.

are YOU?

Someone who...

  • likes working with people and helping them reach their goals?
  • has great communication skills and can articulate information to diverse stake holders?
  • feels strongly about evidence-based policy?
  • can organize technical data in a meaningful way?

do YOU?

See yourself working in...

  • government agencies
  • human service organizations
  • educational policy agencies
  • school districts, colleges and universities
  • health care facilities
  • corporations

would YOU?

Like to get started in a US News & World Report "Best-Kept Secret Career"?

Program Evaluation at Duquesne University

The master’s degree and certificate programs in Program Evaluation are designed to increase the theoretical understanding of evaluation and enhance skills in evaluation methods. Both the master’s degree and the certificate program are designed for graduate students who work or who expect to work in organizations that require program evaluation activities as part or all of their responsibilities. The majority of students who earn a Program Evaluation master’s degree will pursue or have careers as practitioners, providing clients with evaluation results and reports used for decision making that is related to educational and human-service programs.

Have access to both on-line and evening courses! We seek to accomodate busy and/or working adults who are looking to hone their marketable skills.

25% discount on tuition and fees! For those students enrolling full-time in the program, please visit the University Graduate Admissions website for additional information.

Program Details

Interested in learning "Why Program Evaluation at Duquesne University" or courses you would take?  Find more information here.

Visit our Program Evaluation Booklet for in-depth information about what to expect in the field of Program Evaluation.

Students in the M.S.Ed. program will take the following:


GREV 501 Program Planning and Evaluation
GREV 502 Proposal and Grant Writing
GREV 503 Business and Project Management


GREV 510 Statistics I
GREV 550 Instrumental Design
GREV 610 Educational Statistics II *Prerequisite: GREV 510
GREV 701 Research Methods and Design
GREV 721 Theoretical Foundations of Qualitative Research


GREV 515 Educational Measurement
GREV 611 Educational Statistics III *Prerequisite: GREV 610
GREV 612 Educational Statistics IV *Prerequisite: GREV 611
GREV 722 Advanced Methods in Qualitative Research *Prerequisite: GREV 721, AND Advisor Approval


*Prerequisite: Advisor Approval


GREV 603 Capstone I *Prerequisite: Advisor Approval
GREV 650 Capstone II *Prerequisite: Advisor Approval

For full course descriptions, visit our Course Brochure.

As part of the requirements of the M.S.Ed. program, students will complete a Capstone Project for presentation. More information on the capstone project can be found by click on the respective tab.

Application Requirements

Students are accepted into the Program Evaluation Program in the fall semester only. To be considered for admission, applicants must complete/submit the following:

  • A completed School of Education graduate admission application
  • Official transcripts demonstrating a minimum GPA of 3.0 from the accredited college, university or seminary where the applicant obtained a Bachelor's degree.
  • One letter of recommendation written by a former or current academic advisor, or by a colleague who can attest to your interest in Program Evaluation.
  • A statement of purpose, which should be 2-3 pages in length and explains the relevance of evaluation to your current and future work or career aspirations.
  • Pre-application interview with Program Directors. *In-person interviews are preferred, but alternative arrangements will be considered if necessary.
  • Online Application Instructions

For international applicants, you must take the TOEFL exam. The minimum scores for admission are 80 electronic (minimum subscores of 17), or 550 paper-based.

All application materials should be sent to the address below by May 15 in order to be considered for the fall term.

Duquesne University
School of Education
Student and Academic Services, Graduate Office
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Capstone Project

As part of the requirements of the M.S.Ed. program, students will complete a Capstone Project for presentation. The Capstone Project involves the application of the evaluation skills gained throughout the program coursework by conducting an actual evaluation project in the field. Students will identify an outside constituent by the Spring of their second year with whom they can complete a feasible project, and will then enroll in GREV 603 - Capstone I and GREV 650 - Capstone II over the course of two consecutive semesters. Students will be required to present their capstone project to a committee that is comprised of the Program Director, a member of the Program Evaluation faculty, and a third member from the student's chosen field who is familiar with the student's evaluation work. Certificate students will also complete an evaluation project of smaller scope as part of their program requirements.


Still have questions about our program?  Find your answers here.