Frequently Asked Questions
How soon can I begin the Program Evaluation Program?
Students are accepted into the Program Evaluation Program in the fall semester only. All application materials should be received by June 30 in order to be considered for the fall term.
In special circumstances, with approval of the Program Directors, materials may be accepted later than the application deadline.
Can this Program be completed on-line?
Yes. All courses required for the Program Evaluation Program are offered in an on-line format. Opportunities for hybrid (face-to-face and on-line) are possible for those who live in the local region.
What is the difference between the Certificate and M.S.Ed. programs?
The M.S.Ed. program requires 36 credits. The Certificate in Program Evaluation is awarded for the completion of six core courses (18 credits), which prepare students to work in program evaluation at a basic level. The certificate program is designed for students who wish to obtain competence in program evaluation, but either do not intend to pursue a master's degree or already have a graduate degree.
If I am an international student, will I need to provide TOEFL scores?
Yes. All international students are required to submit TOEFL scores, unless they have already received one degree from an English-speaking university.
How long will it take to complete the program?
The master's program is built around a cohort model in which students complete their degree in two years taking 6 credits (two classes) each semester, including summer sessions. However, in select cases course sequencing may be tailored to meet a student's individual situation and may be completed on a part-time basis.
What if I already have some graduate credits from another program?
Students interested in obtaining a Program Evaluation degree may transfer in 3 credits (1 class) of coursework for every 15 credits (5 classes) required for the program. Thus, students pursuing a Certificate in Program Evaluation may transfer in 3 credits, and students pursuing an M.S.Ed. may transfer in a total of 6 credits. These courses are referred to as "advanced standing," and must be the equivalent of courses offered in our program. The student must have received a grade of B or better for the courses to qualify. A student's advisor determines advanced standing course appropriateness by looking at the student's previous transcript and description of the requested courses. Previous courses will be evaluated for viability, for example a course taken more than 5 years ago may be obsolete, or a course taken in a major other than evaluation may not be relevant.
Are GRE scores required?
GRE scores are not part of the application requirements for the Program Evaluation Program, but they are recommended for acceptance into the Graduate School of Education.
What is required to apply to the program?
To be considered for admission to the Program Evaluation Program, applicants must submit the following documents to the School of Education Graduate Office:
1. A completed School of Education graduate online application available at www.graduatestudies.duq.edu/apply.html.
2. Official transcripts from the accredited college, university or seminary where the applicant obtained a bachelor's degree.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Pre or post-application interview with Program Directors.
What financial aid is available?
Students are automatically considered for a 25% tuition and fees discount upon receipt of an application for admission to the Program Evaluation Program. The discount is available to all students in the program who are enrolled at least at the full time course load of 6 credits (two classes) per semester. The amount of the scholarship for those enrolling in the Fall 2013 semester, $1,658 per semester, totals $9,945 for the spring, summer, and fall semesters over two calendar years, making your per credit cost comparable to that of other local universities. Information regarding university tuition and fees can be found at: http://www.duq.edu/admissions-and-aid/tuition/graduate-tuition-rates
For more information on financial aid, please visit the Admissions & Aid website at. http://www.duq.edu/admissions-and-aid/financial-aid
What types of job opportunities will the Program Evaluation Program prepare me for?
Graduates will be prepared to work as program evaluators in government agencies, human service organizations, educational policy agencies, school districts, colleges and universities, health care facilities, philanthropic organizations, and other business corporations. 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.