Master of Arts in program evaluation

Do you want to deepen your evaluation scope and strengthen your analytical skills? Wayne State University provides an education experience, with an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. The Program Evaluation program prepares evaluation practitioners to positively impact local and global communities by providing high quality, effective, and holistic program evaluators.

Important dates

  • Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer admissions

Program Features

  • 100% online
  • Five-semester curriculum, 33 credits (minimum)
  • Students have the benefit to learn anytime, anywhere
  • Individualized plan of work
  • Emphasis on highly sought-after competencies, including:
    • Diversity
    • Equity
    • Inclusion
  • Interdisciplinary courses with faculty experts in program evaluation and learning, design and technology
  • Coursework focuses on quantitative and/or qualitative methodology, with courses in Learning Design and Technology
  • Emphasis on organizational communications for both internal and external evaluations
  • Strong relationships with local partners, including expanding alumni networks
  • Robust research methods provide a strong foundation for continued graduate study
  • Benefits for military and veterans, visit the Wayne State University Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence

Skills developed

Students will learn and apply knowledge in real-world contexts and strengthen their skills in several areas, including community development, needs assessment, program design and analysis, data collection and analysis, reporting, team communication, and strategic planning.

Career potential

Graduates with a master in arts will be prepared to begin careers in evaluation and assessment, with the potential to pursue positions as:

  • Chief evaluation officer
  • Director of evaluation
  • Director of student assessment
  • Evaluation specialist
  • Learning and assessment manager
  • Management analyst/consultant
  • Program officer
  • Research associate


See Wayne State University Graduate School website for information about admission. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for admission. All undergraduate majors are acceptable.


Semester I

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EER 7410 Introduction to Program Evaluation 1
EER 7420 Culturally Responsive Program Evaluation 3
EER 7610 Evaluation and Measurement 3

Semester II

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 9
EER 7430 Organizational Theory for Evaluation 3
EER 7870 Qualitative Research I: Introduction 3
EER 7640 Fundamentals of Quantitative Research 3

Semester III

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EER 8700 Advanced Qualitative Program Evaluation 3
LDT 7145 Needs Assessment and Analysis 4

Semester IV

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EER 8720 Advanced Quantitative Program Evaluation 3
LDT 7150 Evaluation of Learning and Performance 4

Semester V

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 3
EER 8910 Practicum in Evaluation 3


Jasmine Ulmer, Ph.D.
Associate professor

Administrative & Organizational Studies

Phone: 313-577-1805