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Assessment, Evaluation and Policy - Certificate

The Certificate in Assessment, Evaluation, and Policy provides the skills and knowledge to design, develop, implement, and analyze a broad range of assessments; measure learning; and evaluate the performance of specific educational tools, strategies, and curricula. Through the required courses, students will learn the fundamental principles behind and nuts and bolts of assessment and evaluation; apply these principles to the development, administration, and analysis of assessments; analyze, critique, and explore current assessment programs and policies; evaluate effective teaching, learning, and educational programming; and develop multiple strategies to synthesize, share, and use data for decision-making purposes. Embedded in each of the courses is an emphasis on the role of broader policy contexts (e.g., school, district, organizational, state, federal) in assessment, evaluation, and decision-making. The intended audience of this certificate includes professionals in education and related fields (e.g., psychology, social work, family studies, and nonprofit management) such as teachers, administrators, district office staff, museum educators, policymakers, consultants, and others concerned with assessment, evaluation, and policy. This post-baccalaureate certificate can be completed in roughly one and a half years through completion of five four-credit courses.

Application Information

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Applying to graduate school has never been easier! To complete your application, you will need:

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Deadlines: Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: Rolling Admissions. Completion of application by May 15 is highly encouraged.
  • Spring: Rolling Admissions. Completion of application by December 1 is highly encouraged.
  • Summer: Rolling Admissions. Completion of application by May 15 is highly encouraged.
  • Special: Rolling Admissions, Applications accepted September - May

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

Supplemental Materials: The Details


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. However, if you attended GSC, Keene or Plymouth, then you must request and submit original transcripts from those institutions.

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

After you have submitted your online application and are assigned an UNH ID, visit our online Letter of Recommendation Request Form for instructions and to request letters from your chosen referees. Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions:

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding: 1) reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives, and 2) your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Once you have completed your statement, you can submit it:

  • Electronically, as part of the online application process (strongly recommended)
  • Via email to grad.docs@unh.edu
  • Mail a hard copy directly to our office (address at bottom of page)

Important Notes:

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Additional Details for International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to go through our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL (or equivalent) examination scores. Please note that TOEFL scores may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.