Learn how to evaluate and assess the effectiveness and outcomes of programs, policies, personnel, products and organizations of all types and sizes with UMass Lowell’s Graduate Certificate in Evaluation and Assessment.


Aimed at public- and private-sector professionals who wish to gain expertise in this critical data-driven area, the program is available fully online — making it convenient, affordable and accessible for students throughout New England and beyond.

In contrast to similar programs that concentrate solely on evaluation, UMass Lowell’s certificate program focuses on both evaluation and assessment, providing a broader foundational knowledge of the principles and best practices of this growing field. In addition, the program allows you to customize your learning experience by offering multiple elective courses to fulfill certificate requirements.

Students who enroll in UMass Lowell’s Evaluation and Assessment Graduate Certificate program will gain knowledge about different research theories and methodologies, and learn how to analyze results to make evidence-based decisions that impact policies and procedures.

Evaluation and assessment techniques are applicable to both nonprofit and for-profit organizations in a wide variety of fields including education, government, business, agriculture, public health, criminal justice, social services, and environmental and urban planning.

This program is offered through UMass Lowell’s School of Education, a leader in the field of education offering world-class programs with a reputation for innovation and excellence. Today, more than a century after its founding, the School of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs at all levels through the doctorate.

Program Highlights:

  • 100% online
  • No GRE required
  • Apply anytime
  • Complete in as little as 12 months
  • One of the most affordable tuitions in the nation

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Type of Fee Amount
Fee Per Credit $470
Registration Fee Per Semester $30
Returned Check Fee Per Semester* $30
Graduate Certificate Application Fee $50
Late Fee for Nonpayment $50
Total for Course** $1,440 ($470 x 3 credits = $1,410 + $30 registration fee per semester)

*Applicable when check is returned unpaid.

**Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard three-credit course.

For registration information, visit UMass Lowell's website.


The University of Massachusetts Lowell is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).



Admission to all graduate programs at UMass Lowell is contingent upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree. No Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for graduate certificate programs. Credits earned from a graduate certificate program may be used towards a related graduate degree with the approval of the graduate program coordinator. Graduate certificate programs must be completed within a five-year period with a minimum 3.0 GPA and no more than one course with a grade below B. Courses completed for one certificate may not be used towards other certificates.

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on the certificate, matriculation and course status. Please contact the Solution Center at 978-934-2000 or TSC@uml.edu to determine eligibility.