American University

Online Programs

Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation


4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20016

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation

Format: Online

Program Description:

This four-course certificate emphasizes the practical assessment needs of donor-funded nonprofit projects, particularly those serving the needs of developing countries, emerging economies or transitioning societies. The program responds to the need of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations that seek more transparency and accountability with regard to donated funds. Such organizations recognize they are more likely to receive future funding if they can deliver and show results through rigorous PM&E. To address the relative shortage of experts in the PM&E field, American University now offers a Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation as an exclusive online program. Our graduate certificate program will equip you with the skills to design and implement program-based PM&E, positioning you to advance within your current nonprofit organization or to enter the field with skills that are in demand. The certificate coursework includes the qualitative and quantitative skills needed to assess funded projects located in developing countries. After completing the program, you will have a strong understanding of: How to determine appropriate PM&E methods for a particular project PM&E’s importance as it relates to program management, outcomes, impacts, sustainability and positive donor and stakeholder relations Relevant indicators, baselines and targets for a project's evaluation The differences between qualitative and quantitative methods Different donor requirements The challenges of collecting PM&E data in developing countries As a participant in American University’s online Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation, you will learn practical skills from professors with extensive experience in all phases of M&E methods, plus you will gain first hand insights from guest lectures provided by practitioners in both field operations and donor organizations. The program material provides greater in-depth knowledge compared to the typical three-unit course and is ideal for those in or seeking to enter the nonprofit sector.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

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Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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