2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Sep 28, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

Grant Writing, Management, and Program Evaluation Graduate Certificate


This certificate program engages students in systematic research and study designed to improve the quality of grant writing, project management, and program evaluation. These skills are in high demand within local governments, nonprofits, educational settings, and criminal justice and public service agencies. The course content emphasizes competence in the language of grants, proposal development, funding sources and processes, designing and writing creative proposal letters, creating budgets, developing effective evaluation tools, and understanding fiscal management functions and regulations. The certificate is designed for people interested in professional careers in, or careers that include, grant writing, grant management, and/or program evaluation. This certificate program meets Department of Education regulations for gainful employment programs; students are eligible to apply for financial aid.

Current Master of Public Administration (MPA)  and Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ)  students may count Graduate Certificate in Grant Writing, Management, and Program Evaluation coursework completed with a grade of B- or better toward their degree’s elective requirement, per program specific guidance.

Graduate certificate students may also become interested in enrolling in the MPA or MCJ program. Please see transfer credit information under the School of Public Affairs General Information section 

Policies and Procedures

Refer to the School of Public Affairs General Information section  of this academic catalog for detailed eligibility criteria, policies, and procedures relevant to this program.

General Requirements

This certificate consists of four courses totaling 12 credit hours of graduate coursework. A grade of B- or better is required in each course counting toward the certificate. Certificate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA; students falling below a 3.0 GPA will be placed on probation and are subject to those requirements.

Required Courses


Courses may be taken in any order.

Plus one of the following courses:

  • CJ 5004  - Statistics
  • CJ 5009  - Crime and Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • CJ 6135  / PAD 6135  - Advanced Program Evaluation
  • PAD 5110  - Seminar in Nonprofit Management
  • PAD 5140  - Nonprofit Financial Management
  • PAD 5150  - Understanding and Achieving Funding Diversity
  • PAD 5503  - Governmental Budgeting