Policy, Planning, and Management

Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Research and Evaluation Methods

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Research and Evaluation Methods is designed for students and practitioners who want to learn to use data more effectively on the job and in the community. The certificate emphasizes data acquisition, data analysis and presentation, choosing and applying statistical techniques to real world problems, and practical application of analytical tools.

The certificate is a stand-alone credential or the 12 credits may be transferred into the Master's in Policy, Planning, and Management upon admission. Students generally take one course a semester.

Students select four courses (12 credits) including one required course and three electives from the following list of approved courses. Other courses may be approved upon request by a faculty advisor.

Required courses (3 credits):

  • PPM 601 Quantitative Methods for Policy, Planning, and Management

Select an additional three courses (9 credits) from the following list:

  • GEO 608 GIS Applications I
  • GEO 618 GIS Applications II
  • PPM 503 Applied Research Methods
  • PPM 531 Measuring Performance in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • PPM 602 Hand-On Correlation and Regression Analysis
  • MPH 535 Introduction to Epidemiologic Research
  • MPH 545 Applied Biostatistics
  • MPH 650 Applied Public Health Research and Evaluation
  • MPH 670 Quality Improvement
  • MPH 676 Data Management and Analytics
  • MPH 677 Regression Models in Health Sciences
  • MPH 678 Information Visualization (prerequisite: MPH 676)

 

Application Procedures and Required Materials

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions

Applicants are required to provide the following materials:

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: $25.00 paid through the online application.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required
    • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
    • Essay:  In a brief essay (300-500 words), please state your reasons for pursuing Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Research and Evaluation Methods, your professional goals, and how you think this program of study will contribute to these goals.
    • TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.

     

    International Applicants

    In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

    • College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
    • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
    • International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

    Where to send transcripts and application materials

     Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

    Application Processing Center
    University of Maine System
    P.O. Box 412
    Bangor, ME 04402-0412

    Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

    For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation