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Evaluation and Assessment Methods

Evaluation and Assessment Methods (Graduate Certificate)

Why Pursue a Graduate Certificate in Evaluation and Assessment Methods at Agnes Scott College?

  •  Develop evaluation skills to establish yourself as a “go-to” resource and advance your career
  •  Employ evaluation results to create change
  •  Conduct research to answer the following questions:
    •  Is our program or policy making a difference?
    •  Are we reaching the people we want to reach?
    •  How can we improve what we are already doing?
  •  Improve your ability to win grants in a funding climate in which donors increasingly require grant seekers to submit evaluation plans
  •  Work with faculty who bring a variety of disciplinary perspectives and methods to evaluation planning and implementation
  •  Study at a school that prioritizes creative and innovative approaches to teaching and learning in small class sizes and on-campus classes
  •  Build your network of colleagues in Georgia who conduct evaluation research
  •  Choose to continue beyond the certificate to earn a related master’s degree from Agnes Scott

The Agnes Scott College Evaluation and Assessment Methods graduate certificate program prepares students to be leaders in professional and public fields that require advanced evaluation skills. The Evaluation and Assessment Methods program provides students with the principles and experience necessary to develop effective evaluation and assessment plans across a range of applications, including public health, education, environmental sustainability, technology and diversity initiatives. Through courses that focus on evaluation design, data collection and analysis, and project management, students learn how to use established and emerging methods to gather information required for programmatic decision-making and to engage with the most pressing challenges of their times. Drawing on Agnes Scott’s liberal arts tradition, the program emphasizes the importance of crafting innovative approaches to address social and intellectual challenges and utilizing an interdisciplinary “toolkit” of quantitative and qualitative methods.

5 courses (15 credit hours)

4 core courses
1 elective
Membership in American Evaluation Association (or similar professional association as a student or professional member)

Admission to any graduate certificate program is granted by the assistant dean of graduate and extended programs upon the recommendation of the program director. All relevant material must be received by the director of graduate admission by the first day of class of the semester in which the student wishes to begin graduate study. Deadlines are listed in the Agnes Scott catalog and available on the website. 

General admission requirements:

  • A completed application and $50 application fee. Application fees will be waived for any person who has completed 60+ credit hours at Agnes Scott or has earned a bachelor's degree from Agnes Scott or will have earned a bachelor's degree from Agnes Scott by the time of enrollment in graduate courses.
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Statement of Purpose: Applicants will be required to upload a statement of purpose with their admission application.  Please write a statement of current and future career plans as they relate to Evaluation and Assessment Methods. In doing so, please cite relevant professional. academic. and personal experiences that influenced the decision to apply for graduate admission and to obtain a graduate certificate.  The statement should not exceed 800 words and must be written in English.  
  • Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate course work. We accept transcripts via mail: ATTN: Graduate Admission, Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030, eScript and/or Parchment Services, e-mailed to, and National Student Clearinghouse.  
  • There is no GRE requirement
  • Three letters of recommendation: Two letters must be academic letters, with preference for letters that address the applicant's ability to succeed in a graduate program.