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Evaluation, Statistics, & Methodology Graduate Certificate

The 18-credit hour graduate certificate in Evaluation, Statistics, and Methodology is intended for currently admitted University of Tennessee doctoral students (or individuals who have already earned a doctoral degree) wishing to develop knowledge and skills in evaluation, statistics, and methodology.


  • EDPY 533 – Program Evaluation I
  • EDPY 534 – Program Evaluation II
  • EDPY 577 – Statistics in Applied Fields I
  • EDPY 677 – Statistics in Applied Fields II
  • EDPY 678 – Statistics in Applied Fields III*
  • One of the following: EDPY 581 – Classroom Measurement or EDPY 583 – Survey Research
  • Individuals must submit an appropriate work sample (e.g., completed evaluation report, completed research paper) that showcases their skills in evaluation, statistics, and/or measurement. This work sample will be reviewed by the ESM faculty.
  • Individuals must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Tennessee or have earned a doctoral degree from UT or another university.
  • Individuals must complete all 18 credit hours of the courses listed above.
  • Individuals must earn at least a 3.5 GPA in the certificate courses.
  • All courses must be completed within the five years of applying for a certificate.

*Another advanced statistics or measurement course may be substituted for this course with written permission from the ESM Certificate Coordinator.

Refer to the Graduate Catalog for a course descriptions.

Certificate Coordinator:
Louis Rocconi |

About Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Graduate certificate programs require the same curricular approval process as majors and minors. Only those that appear in the Graduate Catalog will be posted to the student’s official transcript. Graduate certificate programs are comprised of approved graduate courses. For any graduate certificate programs, the student must earn all semester credit hours from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

At least three (3) credit hours for the certificate must be earned outside of the requirements of the degree(s) and other certificates.

Since graduate certificates are university credentials, a student must apply through Graduate Admissions to the graduate certificate program. Student must be admitted to the certificate program prior to completing six credit hours toward the certificate. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average once in the program and complete the requirements of the certificate program as stated in the Graduate Catalog to be awarded the graduate certificate.

For those students who are concurrently enrolled in a master or doctorate program, the graduate certificate will be awarded the same semester as the degree. Certificates will be awarded at the normal times when degrees are awarded.

For independent, stand-alone graduate certificates (those when a student is not concurrently enrolled in a Master or doctorate program), the certificate is awarded upon completion of required courses and submission of application for graduation.

The Office of the University Registrar will issue all graduate certificates.

Admission to a Graduate Certificate Program
Graduate School information on how to apply for a graduate certificate program.

Graduate Certificate Course Verification
Graduate School information on how to verify that you have completed the coursework necessary to receive a graduate certificate.