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)

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

Program Graduate Testimonials

I am so grateful for the education that I received at Concordia. Since graduation last August, 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. I have begun an evaluation project for the agency, helping 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

The insight I gained throughout Concordia-Chicago's Master of Grant Writing program solidified my confidence as a professional within the field and has proven to set me apart from other qualified candidates vying for the same opportunities. The wealth of knowledge I gained through my instructors and through the engaging discussions with my peers helped me to develop into a substantially greater asset to the not-for-profit missions I have served since graduation and has opened the door to advancement within staff settings and freelance assignments alike.

Erica, Class of ‘16

My grant efforts have paid off incredibly well. We have received funding from Motorola Solutions Foundation ($10,000), Boeing Corporate Giving ($100,000), and the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs ($25,000). We are currently awaiting awards from the McCormick Foundation, Cracker Barrel Foundation, and are actively pursuing other funding partners. We have received multiple donations because of my networking abilities with many still in the works as corporations think about end-of-year giving. I share this with all of you as a small way to say thank you for this program! I was a stay at home mom for 12 years with a bachelor's in English before I found this program. I learned so much from the course work and have immediately been able to apply it to a new career path, where I know I am making a difference in the lives of our nation’s heroes. I never would have found this path without this Master's program!

Alicia, Class of ‘17

I am already working in the grants field. I was lucky enough to get the Director of Grant Funding position at the OPRF Infant Welfare Society about 5 months ago. I truly credit the GME program for getting me started in my new career. It almost feels like I have had an internship along the way. It is great to be nearing the end of the program! I am so excited to finally have reached the Capstone course.

Lynda, Class of '18

 

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