Online Master’s in Grant Writing, Management and Evaluation
Next Start Date: 7/01/2019
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Application Deadline: Rolling
Why Pursue a MA in Grant Writing, Management & Evaluation?
Concordia University Chicago’s master of arts in grant writing, management and evaluation is designed for professional and administrative organizers. Grant writers and grant administrators, advocates, educators, researchers, consultants, managers will gain knowledge and expertise in the areas of grant administration and evaluation. Read what our students are saying about the program.
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.
According to Indeed.com, the average pay scale for a Grant Writer is $40,000-$80,000. Read our article, Why Get a Master’s in Grant Writing, to learn more.
Have questions about whether you should earn a Master’s in Grant Writing vs. a Certificate in Grant Writing? Learn more in our MA vs. Certificate in Grant Writing Guide.
Rekha S. Rajan, EdD
Visiting Associate Professor of Research
College of Graduate Studies Research
Phone: (708) 209-3689
Additional Program Information
Additional Program Information
Develop powerful skills to boost your effectiveness
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.
- 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.
- 100% online
- Asynchronous (you don’t have to log-on at a certain time)
- 8-week accelerated classes
- Accessible to students in any location
Required Coursework 30 Credit Hours
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Our tuition is reasonable and will not change over time.
Concordia University Chicago is committed to providing students with a high-quality education at a reasonable cost. And for graduates, the benefits of obtaining a Master of Arts degree can be very valuable. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2011, the median of earnings for adults ages 25-34 working full-time, year-round, with a master’s degree or higher was $59,200, compared to just $44,970 for individuals with a bachelor’s degree.
|Tuition (Per Credit Hour)||$440|
|Technology Fee (Per Credit Hour)||$15|
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
- A conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent non-U.S. degree.
- To be considered for Full Admission at Concordia University, candidates in the MA Grant Writing, Management and Evaluation program will present a cumulative grade point average above 2.85 or will have earned a master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
- To be considered for Provisional Admission to the program, candidates will present credentials that generally satisfy full admission requirements, but need to satisfy additional admission requirements such as special program prerequisites.
- Note: All admission requirements must be satisfied by the end of the candidate’s first enrolled semester in the program. Provisional Admission is only available to US residents and citizens.
- For students to be considered for Probationary Admission, one or more of the following special conditions may exist: 1) a cumulative GPA between 2.25 and 2.84 (on a 4.0 scale); 2) holding a master’s degree with a cumulative GPA below 3.0; and/or 3) credentials/documents that raise cause for reservation for admission. Students admitted on probationary status must earn a 3.0 GPA in graduate course work within their first semester of enrollment to continue in the program.
What Our Students Are Saying
I was one of the first students in the Grant Writing and Management Evaluation program. I wanted you to know it has changed my life. Three years ago, I got my first job as a grant writer, thanks mostly to my degree. That experience, coupled with my academic credentials, has now helped me achieve a new position, one I just started this week, as grant writer/strategic planner for a 40 million-dollar agency, one that it is well-respected and serves a noble cause (serving the elderly). For the first time, I am making a middle-class salary, with a future that no longer seems a long shot. For the first time, I am fully utilizing my strengths. For the first time, I am in a position that I will learn, grow and hopefully thrive in, as opposed to simply biding my time. It’s surreal and glorious. As one who previously languished in the retail realm for far too long, one who genuinely feared she’d forever be a screw-up, as one who lived in shame, without direction, without a calling, without pride in my profession, there are no words to fully describe what I have achieved this week. And it all started with you and our program. I just wanted to say thanks.
I started just over seven months ago as a Grant Writer and just got promoted today to Grant Manager, a new position. Again, thank you Dr. Rajan so much for helping me to secure this opportunity! I couldn't be happier in this role. I truly feel blessed.
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!
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.
Even while taking classes in CUC’s Grant Writing, Management and Evaluation master's program, I've been putting my new skills to work by writing these grants: Arata Brothers Trust ($9,000), Dennis Mangers Foundation ($3,500), North Bay Rotary Grant ($7,500), Arata Brothers Trust ($16,000), Sacramento Metro Arts Commission ($62,985), Smart and Final ($150), City of Elk Grove ($2,000), United States Marines Corps ($7,500), and Kaiser Heath Sponsorship ($1,000). The amazing thing is every grant I applied for in this past year got funded!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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