MA, Grant Writing, Management & evaluation

Study Format Online

This degree is available 100% online.

Program Length 30 credits*, 20 months


*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.


Introduction to Not-for-Profit Organizations

Not-for-profit organizations and the environment they operate in. A profile of the industry and an introduction to a not-for-profit’s organizational purpose, governance and funding structures. Emphasis on ethics and social-economic issues and the difficult task of transforming an organization’s purpose into action. A service learning project will incorporate theories into real-world applications.

Strategic Leadership and Planning

The course is designed to prepare students with diverse perspectives, frameworks, skills and tools for executing effective strategy within mission-driven organizations. Topics include effective mission-driven organizations, role of strategic leadership, tools for developing and assessing strategic engagement, stakeholder concerns and opportunities for leading change initiatives and strategic planning.

Introduction to Grants

Provides an overview of key components of the grant process. Identifying priorities, utilizing grant databases and distinguishing various giving sources such as foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals. Strategies for proposal development, researching, identifying, and cultivating partnerships.

Knowledge Audits, Measurements, and Analysis

This course incorporates an overview of the various methods and techniques for evaluating an organization’s utilization of possessed knowledge; benchmarking and measurement practices that assist a company’s assessment of knowledge management efficiency, functionality, and potential. Auditing processes, the importance of developing and altering current efforts, with the allowance for contingency concerns.

Budgeting, Grant Writing, and Third Source Funding

Principles of budgeting as it relates to program and educational needs. Writing grants and identifying and securing additional program funding from government and third-party sources.

Grant Management

Provides an overview of the basics of grants management and procedures required for proposal processing within organizations. Addresses programmatic and financial aspects from project development, proposal development, partnership/relationship building, implementation, audits and monitoring, through closeout procedures.

Theories and Models of Evaluation of Grants

Focuses on the ability to identify conceptual similarities and differences between contemporary models of evaluation practice. Reviews historical perspectives and evolution of evaluation. Introduction to theories, models, standards, and procedures common to program evaluation. Methods to determine appropriate selection of a program evaluation strategy for grants.

Principles and Methods of Evaluation of Grants

This course will prepare candidates with knowledge of national program evaluation standards, an understanding of major principles and methods for designing program evaluation activities, developing and implementing useful and valid evaluation design procedures, and reporting program evaluation results.

Quantitative Analysis

An introduction to quantitative analysis of data.  Statistical software will be used to explore descriptive and inferential statistics using both non-parametric and parametric techniques 

Capstone Experience

Capstone Project for Grant Writing, Evaluation and Management

Candidates will be required to synthesize knowledge gained in the MA in Grant Writing, Management, and Evaluation program by providing written evidence of an internal or external program evaluation and/or submission of a grant proposal. Candidates will be required to demonstrate their ability to plan and think strategically, to present ideas concisely and persuasively to an agency or organization in their field through the application of course content and evaluation theory.

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