Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in grant writing, management and evaluation is designed for professional and administrative organizers, advocates, educators, researchers, consultants, managers, and providers who wish to gain knowledge and expertise in the areas of grant writing, grant management, research, and evaluation. Upon completion of this program, candidates will be prepared to locate, implement, manage, report, coordinate, research, submit, and track grant applications and grant compliance, as well as conduct both internal and external program evaluation within organizations.
This program is designed to address the growing multidisciplinary needs of researchers and practitioners working in diverse professional settings through collaboration across fields of the arts, business, education, social and human services, healthcare, and leadership.
In this program, candidates will think strategically, systemically, and analytically in ways that promote the practical application of knowledge related to grant-seeking activities, grant-writing, grant management, and program evaluation of not-for-profit, for-profit, public and/or private organizations.
This program is offered online regionally and nationally. Unlike certificate programs in grant writing or program evaluation, this master's degree is eligible for financial aid.
The number of organizations that qualify for grant funds has risen sharply over the last three decades. Nearly 90,000 trusts, foundations, government agencies, and other organizations provide more than $40 billion annually in awarded grants in the United States, and more than $240 billion is contributed worldwide by individuals, bequests, foundations, and corporations (The Foundation Center, 2008). Due to the growing presence of grant fund opportunities for both public and private organizations, graduates may gain employment within related organizations including nonprofit entities, arts organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and private businesses. It is no surprise then, that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that employment of grant writers is expected to grow by 16% between 2010 and 2020. For those professionals already employed in these positions, advancement opportunities are more likely with experience and completion of a master's degree in the field.
A plethora of employment opportunities exist for those with expertise in grant writing, grant management, grant administration, and grant evaluation in settings such as universities, healthcare facilities, not-for-profit organizations, local and national governmental offices, schools, and private businesses. Skills such as program evaluation, research, writing, coordination, management, and collaboration across disciplines are highly transferable to a wide job market. Students who complete our master of arts in grant writing, management and evaluation—available through wholly online study—position themselves well to fill a growing need, through this unique degree.