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Public and Nonprofit Evaluation, Graduate Certificate

Take the next steps in your career and improve your organization with the Nonprofit Evaluation Graduate Certificate from IU Online. In this fully online program, you'll develop a strong understanding of the research methods used to evaluate programs, projects, policies, and services of organizations in the public and nonprofit world.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 15

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $687.90

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $1404.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

Degree Overview

As a student in the IU Online Public and Nonprofit Evaluation Graduate Certificate, you learn how to take an evidence-based approach in determining the effectiveness of programs and services. Gain skills that prepare you for a career in the public, private, or nonprofit sector.

You’ll graduate with an Indiana University certificate respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

To be accepted to this program, you must have a bachelor’s degree.
To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:
  1. Unofficial transcripts
  2. Resume
  3. Two references
  4. Personal statement
  5. GRE and GMAT scores (optional)
  6. TOEFL or IELTS scores (international applicants only)
Application Deadlines

Spring semester (priority date): Nov 15

Spring semester: Dec 1

Summer semester (priority date): Mar 15

Summer semester: Apr 1

Fall semester (priority date): Jul 15

Fall semester: Aug 1

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Evaluation prepares you for such roles as:

  • Evaluation specialist in a public or nonprofit organization
  • Program manager
  • Director
  • Grant coordinator

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Evaluation, you must complete 15 credit hours. Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Core courses (9 credit hours)
  • Electives (6 credit hours)


Core Classes for the Public and Nonprofit Evaluation Graduate Certificate
Course Number Course Name Credits
SPEA-P 562 Public Program Evaluation 3 Credits
SPEA-V 550 Research Methods in Public Affairs 3 Credits
SPEA-V 506 Statistical Analysis for Public Affairs 3 Credits


Electives for the Public and Nonprofit Evaluation Graduate Certificate
Course Number Course Name Credits
SPEA-P 507 Data Analysis & Modeling for Public Affairs 3 Credits
SPEA-M 602 Strategic Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations 3 Credits
SPEA-N 525 Management in the Nonprofit Sector 3 Credits
SPEA-M 561 Public Human Resources Management 3 Credits
SPEA-V 502 Public Management 3 Credits

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