Program Evaluation

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Program Evaluation Certificate

The demand for program evaluation in the private non-profit and for-profit sectors (and at all levels of government) has grown dramatically over the past decade, with significant resources now devoted to this enterprise. Evaluations provide feedback for program improvement and help determine the benefits being derived from new and veteran programs. A new cadre of individuals trained in planning and executing evaluations is needed to assist sponsoring agencies, funders, and programs to generate this useful information.

The certificate in Program Evaluation is designed for mid-career professionals who wish to learn about the design and implementation of effective evaluation strategies. Students learn practical skills that can be put to use in the evaluation of a wide range of social service, public health, community development, corporate, and environmental programs.

This certificate is offered in collaboration with the Tufts Departments of Child Study and Human Development, and Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning; the School of Nutrition Science and Policy; and the School of Medicine.

Who Should Apply?
The program is open to individuals with a bachelor's degree and three to five years of professional experience in a particular field. It is especially appropriate for agency directors and administrators, program managers and staff, foundation project officers, policy analysts, community organizers and advocates, human resources professionals, and educators.
For more information, email or contact the Faculty Certificate Program Advisor, Barbara Parmenter.

Summary of Consumer Information for Students

Faculty members vary by semester. Certificate faculty members come from Tufts Departments of Child Study and Human Development, and Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning; the School of Nutrition Science and Policy; and the School of Medicine.

Domestic applicants must apply by December 31 for Spring admission, and August 1 for Fall admission. Domestic applicants are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants to certificate programs are usually notified of a decision within four weeks of receipt of a completed application, and accepted students may enroll at the start of the next semester.

International applicants must apply by September 15 for Spring admission, and March 1 for Fall admission.

A Bachelor's degree is required to apply.

One letter of recommendation is required for certificate programs.

GRE General Test scores are not required.


Certificate students pay a course rate for each required certificate course of $3,872 per course (2015-2016). Students in a certificate program may be eligible for Stafford Loan assistance. Contact the Student Financial Services Office at (617) 627-2000 for more information. Certificate courses are also available, at a cost of $4,840 per course, to students who are not pursuing a certificate. In addition, students have the option of auditing courses for $800 per course, but these courses cannot be applied toward a certificate.


The certificate requires four courses. Courses in statistics, data analysis, and research methods are offered by several departments. Course substitutions can be made with the approval of the certificate faculty adviser.

  1. Foundation course:
    • Program Evaluation (UEP 256) (also CD 247)
  2. One course in applied statistics and data analysis, for example:
    • Problems of Research: Statistics (CD 140)
    • Advanced Statistics (PSY 107/108)
    • Principles of Biostatistics (MPH 205)
    • Statistical Methods for Nutrition Research (NUTR 209)
    • Nutrition Data Analysis (NUTR 211)
    • Quantitative Research Methods (SOC 101)
    • Quantitative Reasoning for Policy and Planning (UEP 254)
  3. One course in research methods, for example:
    • Problems of Research: Methods and Design (CD 142)
    • Principles of Epidemiology (MPH 201)
    • Methods of Educational Research (ED 271)
    • Survey Research in Nutrition (NUTR 210)
    • Field Research (SOC 105)
    • Research Methods (OTS 210)
  4. One elective in your area of interest or expertise:
    • education, child development, nonprofit management, social or environmental policy, nutrition, or public health.