This certificate program prepares students for roles as evaluators and change agents in a range of organizations such as schools and school districts and non-profit agencies. Evaluation refers to a systematic process that involves collecting data about organizations and their programs for enhancing knowledge and decision making to promote organizational learning and development. This graduate-level certificate program is ideal for current students and professionals who are looking for career opportunities in or are currently employed in, school districts, social service organizations, private foundations, research firms, and human resources or training departments.

Program Benefits


Upon the completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

  • Understand evaluation as a field of professional practice.
  • Conduct all aspects of a systematic inquiry, utilizing a variety of research practices, as relevant to the substantive area.
  • Engage in reflective practice.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal competence.

Program Outcomes

  • Understand evaluation as a field of professional practice.
  • Conduct all aspects of a systematic inquiry, utilizing a variety of research practices, as relevant to the substantive area.
  • Engage in reflective practice.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal competence.

Program Faculty

Our dedicated Research Methodology Faculty are experts in their fields who will support students throughout each stage of the program.



This certificate program is a five-course (15 hours) program that leads to a certificate in Organizational Evaluation. 

Continuous Enrollments
Students in certificate/endorsement only programs are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education’s Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.

Core Courses

The basic (core) courses include (2-3 courses – depending on the student’s research background)
  • RMTD 406 Educational Evaluation
  • RMTD 407 Evaluation Theory
  • CIEP 466 Communicating Research Findings

Recommended List of Elective Courses

Students will choose two to three courses from the following lists in consultation with the assigned advisor based on prior coursework and experience.


  • RMTD 404 Introduction to Educational Statistics
  • RMTD 483 Multivariate Statistics
  • RMTD 484 Hierarchical Linear Modeling

Research Methods

  • RMTD 403 Survey Design
  • RMTD 420 Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • RMTD 421 Introduction to Quantitative Research
  • RMTD 430 Psychological Measurement
  • RMTD 440 Mixed Methods Research
  • RMTD 470 Case Study Research Methods
  • CIEP 488 Action Research

Students who have taken elective courses as part of their program requirements will be allowed to transfer a maximum of six credits to the certificate.

Application Requirements


Interested in applying? Check out the Organizational Evaluation Certificate application requirements.


Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships



The School of Education and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable. You can learn more on the Financial Assistance page.