Grant Writing, Management, and Program Evaluation


Graduate Certificate In Grant Writing, Management, & Program Evaluation

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This certificate program engages students in systematic research and study designed to improve the quality of grant writing and program evaluation within local governments, nonprofits, educational settings, and criminal justice and public service agencies.  The course content emphasizes competence in the language of grants, proposal development, funding sources and processes, designing and writing creative proposal letters, creating budgets, developing effective evaluation tools, and understanding fiscal management functions and regulations.  The certificate is designed for people interested in professional careers in, or careers that include, grant writing, grant management, and/or program evaluation. Students may also become interested in enrolling in the Master in Criminal Justice (MCJ) or Master in Public Administration (MPA) program.

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The Grant Writing, Management, and Program Evaluation Certificate Program consists of four 3-credit hour graduate courses totaling twelve hours of graduate coursework. Please be advised that courses are typically offered alternately online and on campus, not concurrently.  It is possible that pursuing a certificate fully online or fully on campus could take up to two years, depending on course availability.  Upcoming course schedules are available here. For descriptions of courses see UCCS Academic Catalog

Required courses include:

  • CJ 6105 / PAD 5350 Program Evaluation
  • CJ 6115 / PAD 6115 Grant Writing
  • CJ 6125 / PAD 6125 Grant Management

Plus one elective from the list below:

  • CJ 5004 Statistics
  • CJ 5009 Crime and Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • PAD 5110 Seminar in Nonprofit Management
  • PAD 5140 Nonprofit Financial Management
  • PAD 5150 Understanding and Achieving Funding Diversity
  • PAD 5503 Governmental Budgeting
  • CJ/PAD 6135 Advanced Program Evaluation

Courses may be offered in the classroom or online. Students are not required to apply to a degree program to take these courses but must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Students must earn grades of "B-" or better in each course counted toward a certificate.

Current Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Criminal Justice students may take these courses and earn the certificate in addition to the MPA or the MCJ as part of their degree plan. Students who complete the courses within the certificate with a "B" or better may apply the courses to the MPA or MCJ degree, if admitted.  Only courses taken within six years prior to graduation may be applied to the degree. 

This certificate program meets Department of Education regulations for gainful employment programs; students are eligible to apply for financial aid.

New students interested in pursuing a graduate certificate must complete the online graduate application, select their intended certificate and pay the $60 application fee.  An official transcript showing the undergraduate degree conferred should be sent to UCCS Admissions, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, or electronically to

Current UCCS graduate students must submit a Certificate Declaration to

Upon successful completion of the courses within the declared certificate, students must complete the "SPA Application for Certificate Completion" through their student portal.   The certificate will then be annotated on the transcript, and a printed certificate will be mailed to the student.  Students who wish to pursue a master's degree during or after completing the certificate program simply follow normal application procedures.

Gainful Employment Disclosures:

The U.S. Department of Education requires us to provide information about each of our certificates. Read Disclosure on Graduate Certificate in Grant Writing, Management, and Program Evaluation.