Grant Writing, Management, and Program Evaluation


Graduate Certificate In Grant Writing, Management, & Program Evaluation

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The Graduate Certificate in Grant Writing, Management, and Program Evaluation 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.

Admission to this certificate program requires a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better.

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The certificate consists of four courses totaling 12 credit hours of graduate coursework. A grade of B- or better is required in each course counting toward the certificate. 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. Find more about upcoming course schedules. For descriptions of courses see the UCCS Academic Catalog.

Required Courses

  • 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
  • CJ 6135 / PAD 6135 - Advanced Program Evaluation
  • PAD 5110 - Seminar in Nonprofit Management
  • PAD 5140 - Nonprofit Financial Management
  • PAD 5150 - Understanding and Achieving Funding Diversity
  • PAD 5503 - Governmental Budgeting

Current UCCS students in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Criminal Justice may count Graduate Certificate in Grant Writing, Management, and Program Evaluation coursework completed with a grade of B- or better toward their degree’s elective requirement, allowing students to complete the certificate in addition to the MPA or MCJ as part of their degree plan. MCJ Director approval is required to count more than nine credit hours from another discipline (i.e., courses with a prefix other than CJ) toward the MCJ degree. Current students must submit a Certificate Declaration to

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

Graduate certificate students may also become interested in enrolling in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) program. Up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level School of Public Affairs coursework completed with a grade of B or better as an unclassified (non-degree) student may be applied to the MPA or MCJ upon admission. Only courses taken within six years prior to graduation may be applied to a graduate degree.

Gainful Employment

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


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.