MA, Grant Writing, Management and Evaluation

Study Format Online
Program Length 30 credits*, 20 months

 

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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.

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 flexible, all-online program is offered regionally and nationally and has several unique benefits including:

  • Multidisciplinary program. 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.
  • Collaborative learning. All projects require real-life experiences including partnering with organizations that fit your professional goals.
  • Cohort model builds relationship. Students begin and complete the program with a cohort of students, building support structures and fostering collegiality.
  • Financial aid available. Unlike certificate programs in grant writing or program evaluation, this master's degree is eligible for financial aid.

Career and Industry Outlook

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). 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.

Faculty in the Program

The professors who teach in the grant writing and evaluation program are all actively involved with writing and seeking grants, conducting program evaluations, and have managed or directed Not-for-Profits in a variety of settings. Faculty are also members of several national organizations including:

  • The Grants Professionals Association (GPA)
  • American Evaluation Association (AEA)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Program Graduate Testimonials

I am so grateful for the education that I received at Concordia. Since graduation last August, it has been a very busy and exciting time. I continue to work for the same nonprofit agency as Grants and Contracts Specialist. I have successfully brought in approximately $3 million in grant funding since then, with several other proposals pending. I also was able to write a large federal proposal ($5.3 million); we negotiated a contract, but shifts in federal funding have put that on hold. In addition to writing proposals, I have begun an evaluation project for the agency; the first phase of the project is to analyze present processes and help nine of our programs reassess their evaluation processes in order to bring more consistency and accuracy to our performance measurements.

Lisa, Class of 16

About a month before I finished the GME program, I started a position where I am a Grants Compliance Monitor. I work with agencies across Metro Government to ensure all federal regulations and requirements are met. Thanks to good leadership, I've expanded the purview of my position to include policy development and agency trainings. I truly believe that all the thought and analysis required for GME assignments and weekly discussions improved my ability to write policies on complex subjects and to educate program-oriented staff on regulatory minutiae. 

Susan, Class of ‘15

Since graduating the GME program, I was hired as a Grant Writer/Program Coordinator, a position I know my Master's degree was instrumental in helping me obtain. I was working two jobs before the program. While one had been at a small start-up non-profit, it could not pay enough to sustain a living. The second was in the dregs of retail, a sector I had been struggling to get away from for nearly a decade. Thanks in part to Concordia, I was finally able to. I love my job, my only job, and feel blessed to have embarked on a career I’m passionate about with a future I know will be fulfilling. 

Kate, Class of ‘15

Employment Outlook

Graduates of Concordia-Chicago’s MA, Grant Writing, Management and Evaluation program apply their skills in positions with a wide variety of organizations, including:

  • University-wide applicant and admission data manager
  • NFP Grants and contracts specialists
  • Government Grants Compliance Monitor
  • Foundation Grant Writer/Program Coordinator
  • Founder and Owner of Startup/Resource Center
  • University Research Administrator
  • Program Director of Regional NFP
  • University-wide Contracts Pre-Award Manager

 

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