Program Evaluation Certificate

College: College of Social Sciences & Professional Studies

Requirements for Program Evaluation Certificate

Program Overview

Program evaluation is the process of using social science research methods to study, appraise, and help improve programs in nonprofit organizations, educational systems, governmental departments, and businesses. Program evaluation is an important component of strategic planning working to improve the effectiveness of an organization. Program evaluation can employ both qualitative and quantitative research methods. The ability to conduct a research-based evaluation is valuable preparation for leadership roles in the workplace. Program evaluation includes not only the theory, research, multicultural, and data management skills of the social science disciplines but also verbal communication skills, report writing, teamwork, project management, strategic planning, and leadership.

Community Based Research

Classes in this program give students experiences working on projects for organizations in the community. Hands-on experience helps students to close the gap between theory and practice and strengthen their career development. Students in this certificate program learn how to use their social science knowledge to better understand the role of groups in social change, increasing their effectiveness in social action work. They develop analytical skills and learn methodological tools that are relevant for both the workplace and graduate study.

Required Courses
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology3
SOCA 295Social Science Research Methods3
SOCA 303Program Evaluation3
Elective Courses
Select one of the following:3
Topics in Data Collection and Analysis
Research in Community Needs
Survey Methods
Another research course approved by the director
SOCA 406Advanced Program Evaluation3
Total Credits15