College of Education and Professional Development

Program Evaluation


Evaluation research — systematic research principles and procedures for determining the success of policies, programs, projects, community development and other activities — has grown exponentially over the past several decades, especially as foundations, granting agencies, non-profits, governmental and other organizations and agencies increasingly expect and require the evaluation of services, programs, and projects. The need for researchers trained in both the theories and methods of evaluation research has grown accordingly. The Certificate in Program Evaluation emphasizes the practical application of program planning, assessment, and evaluation through frames of mixed methods research, local cultural contexts, and project-based applications of skills and knowledge.

Students may apply to this certificate program as either degree or non-degree students (in either case, students must apply for the certificate through Graduate Admissions). Also, as in other certificate programs, to make an application, students must possess an undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum of an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a scale of 4. No more than 3 hours of transfer credit can be applied to the proposed certificate (and the credit may not be more than 7 years old), to be applied only to the local cultural literacy/competency requirement (students may not transfer CI 627, EDF 620, or EDF 629). Students may apply credits earned in the proposed certificate to graduate degrees in GSEPD as well as in the Graduate Humanities Program as electives, to be determined by faculty advising students’ programs of study. Credits earned in the proposed certificate can potentially be applied to professional development and other professional continuing education as well; again, depending on individual programs of study and the approval of faculty in GSEPD and/or the Graduate Humanities Program.

Plan of Study

Certificate in Program Evaluation


  • Transcripts verifying Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or a Master’s degree

Application for Admission and Information

For complete admission information and an application visit:

Contact Us

Dr. Eric Lassiter 
Director of the Graduate Humanities Program (Program Coordinator)
Marshall University
College of Education and Professional Development
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive, South Charleston, WV  25303-1600
304-746-1923 or 1-800-642-9842 ext. 61923


Mrs. Carolyn Schwarz (Program Secretary)
Phone: 304-746-1996 or 1-800-642-9842 ext. 61996

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