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M.S.Ed. in Educational Studies - Program Evaluation Concentration

The Educational Studies Program is a 30-credit hour graduate program that leads to an M.S.Ed. in Educational Studies from Duquesne University with the Concentration of your choice. The program provides considerable flexibility for qualified individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds who seek professional credentials. Graduates come from diverse backgrounds and are engaged in a wide-range of professional careers across the nation and around the world. The program's unique flexibility affords the opportunity to take courses online, on campus or through a combination of the two.

Qualify for a 25% Tuition Discount

Candidates in the Program Evaluation Concentration of the M.S.Ed. in Educational Studies Program are eligible to receive a discount through the Duquesne University School of Education that can reduce their degree costs by 25%. Please visit Special Financial Awards for additional information

Program Evaluation Concentration

A Perfect Choice for Busy Lives - Online and On Campus

Because of the program's unique flexibility, you can take courses online, on campus or use a combination of the two.

A Perfect Choice for Good Communicators

Program Evaluation hones students' abilities to work with people and help them reach their goals through evidence-based policy. Program Evaluators must be able to organize technical data in a meaningful way in order to articulate information to diverse stake holders.

A Perfect Choice for Goal-Oriented Professionals

"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.

The Program Evaluation Concentration of the M.S.Ed. in Educational Studies program prepares graduates who can address a national need for highly qualified evaluators to support funded programs across a variety of contexts. The concentration prepares graduates for careers in both the private and public sector such as research analysts, internal evaluators, measurement consultants, evaluation coordinators, policy associates, project managers, and data analysts. Students enrolled in the Program Evaluation Concentration learn to assess the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products and organizations to improve their effectiveness. Students develop the skills necessary to prepare evaluation proposals; create logic models; describe theories of change and theories of action; develop and apply qualitative and quantitative research tools to the evaluation process in order to analyze, summarize and report finding; and make sound recommendations based on those findings.

Program Details

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Students in the Program Evaluation Concentration will take the following:

CORE COURSES (6 credits)

GREV 501 Program Planning and Evaluation
GREV 502 Proposal and Grant Writing

METHODS COURSES (18 credits)

GREV 510 Statistics I
GREV 550 Instrumental Design
GREV 610 Educational Statistics II *Prerequisite: GREV 510
GREV 611 Educational Statistics III *Prerequisite: GREV 610
GREV 701 Research Methods and Design
GREV 721 Theoretical Foundations of Qualitative Research


GREV 603 Capstone I *Advisor Approval
GREV 650 Capstone II *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 clicking on the respective tab.

Application Requirements

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

  • A completed School of Education graduate admission application to the M.S.Ed. in Educational Studies program indicating interest in the Program Evaluation Concentration.
  • 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. International students are also asked to submit a WES ICAP report.

Due to higher education regulation changes, Duquesne University is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs and courses from students residing in certain states. Before applying, please visit the following website for a list of prohibited states: http://www.duq.edu/academics/online-campus/prospective-students

All application materials should be sent to the address below by June 1 in order to be considered for the fall term:

Darlene Beck, Program Assistant
Duquesne University School of Education
M.S.Ed. in Educational Studies Program
600 Forbes Avenue
401 Canevin Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Capstone Project

As part of the requirements for the concentration in Program Evaluation, 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 Fall 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.

2015 Capstone Projects

Allison Smith

"Hospitals: Evaluation of the Nursing Education Program at West Virginia University Hospitals"

Kasey Dickenson

"Evaluation Report of the August Wilson Education Project: Youth Playwriting Workshop and
the 11th Play Competition"

Abdullah Alghamdi

"Evaluation of Generational Poverty, Job Readiness Program"
Somya Alghamdi

"Evaluation Report of the Workshops of 6th Annual Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore Summer
Conference and Award Ceremony"
Amy Kahn "‘I Measure Every Grief I Meet': Designing a Program Evaluation Protocol for
Context-Specific Grief Therapy in the Red Bird Center"

Caroline Reina

"An Evaluation of Concussion Management Protocols at a Small Liberal Arts
College Based on the NCAA Concussion Guidelines"

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Evaluation Projects


Kanyongo G.Y. (2015). Evaluation of the Math Professional Development Initiative in Grant County New Mexico: Funded by ASSET Inc. : $55,128.98


Hopson, R. K. & Kanyongo, G.Y. (2012). Program Evaluation and training workshops on Outcomes implementation and assessments. Funded by The Kinglsey Association: $40,000.

Kanyongo, G.Y. & Hopson, R.K. (2012). Investing in Innovation (i3) Case Studies Evaluation. Funded by Asset, Inc.: $26,023.32.

Kanyongo, G.Y. & Hopson, R.K. (2011). Evaluation of Certificate Programs Offered through Area Studies Centers at the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. University of Pittsburgh: $19,637.

Nickerson, C., Thurkettle, M.A., & Kanyongo, G.Y.(2009). Reflective Judgment and Evidence-Based Practice Readiness Across Nursing Education Program Levels. Funded by The National League for Nursing: $7,807.

Hopson, R.K., & Kanyongo, G.Y. (2007). Evaluation of the Pittsburgh Public School District's implementation and outcome efforts for year 1 of Project 720. Funded by The Pittsburgh Public School System: $35,000.