Master of Arts in Monitoring and Evaluation (MA M & E)

The Open University Of Tanzania

Program Description

Master of Arts in Monitoring and Evaluation (MA M & E)

The Open University Of Tanzania

The Master of Arts in Monitoring and Evaluation (MA, M&E) is an academic program which seeks to develop sound and in-depth understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of monitoring and evaluation. This program adopts standard methods, techniques and best practices that are increasingly employed by international organizations such as the United Nations Development Programs (UNDP) and the World Bank in conducting monitoring and evaluation of development programs in developing countries. Such methods, techniques, and practices not only expose but also equip students with sufficient knowledge, skills and attitude that are analytically and logically informed by results based outcomes and impacts in development programs.

The underlying philosophy of this program is underpinned by the overarching objective of producing competent experts who are proficient in carrying out monitoring and evaluation assignments in large-scale development programs. The program is designed for students who possess a first degree in any discipline seeking to develop a career in a result based monitoring and evaluation programs. It is also designed to enhance applied research skills for those aspiring to pursue advanced studies in monitoring and evaluation

Aim of the Program

  1. To introduce students to fundamental concepts, principles, and techniques needed for effective project monitoring and evaluation;
  2. To develop an understanding of the methodological factors that can be used for selecting, defining, planning, controlling, monitoring and delivering projects;
  3. To impart knowledge of the basic concepts and analytical tools that underpin planning for monitoring and evaluation;
  4. To develop an understanding of the issues and approaches to designing monitoring and evaluation system
  5. To equip students with in-depth skills in research and statistical methods for impact evaluation.
  6. To give students knowledge and skills on cost-benefit analysis, risk management in monitoring and evaluation as well as environmental impact assessment.

Program Design, Organization, and Mode of Delivery

Program Design

  • The proposed degree is 15 month, 180 credits program
  • Each student of Master of Arts in M&E shall be required to undertake six modules.
  • The program will be offered through a cycle of two semesters.
  • Students will spend six months to write a dissertation project.

Program Organization

The MA (M&E) degree involves coursework, written examination, and a dissertation. Each student takes six taught modules before writing a dissertation. The proposed course structure is as follows:

Compulsory Course (core) Credits
OEC 620 Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management 20
OEC 621 Principles and Practices of Monitoring and Evaluation 20
OEC 622 Research Methods and Statistics for Impact Evaluation 20
OEC 623 Planning for Monitoring and Evaluation System 20
OEC 624 Designing for Monitoring and Evaluation System 20
OEC 699 Dissertation 60
Electives (Choose one course)
OEC 625 Cost-Benefit Analysis: Theory and Application 20
OEC 626 Risk Management in Monitoring and Evaluation 20
OEC 627 Environmental Impact Assessment 20
Total 180

Program Mode of Delivery and Program Duration

The program is delivered through blended mode just like other taught masters programs in the Faculty of Arts and Social sciences

Assessment Regulations

The following regulations shall apply:

(viii) Assessment of examinations and coursework.

  • Each module carries 100% marks. The final examination counts for 50% of the total marks. Coursework carries 50 % of the total marks
  • A candidate shall not pass the course unless he/she attains a minimum of 50% (B) in each module

(ix) Before the candidate is allowed to start writing a project report, he/she must successfully complete the coursework part with a mean overall grade of “B” or above (i.e. GPA of at least 3.0) in all chosen /pursued core modules listed.

(x) The mode of evaluation for the project comprises 100% and shall be evaluated internally and by external examiners.

(xi) A candidate who fails in only ONE of the TWO courses undertaken in a semester shall be allowed to do a supplementary examination.

(xii) A candidate who fails in TWO courses undertaken in a semester shall be discontinued from studies.

(xiii) A candidate who fails in a repeated subject shall be discontinued from the MA program

(xiv) A candidate whose overall grade point is below a “B” in the coursework part shall be discontinued from studies.

Final Award Classification/Graduation Requirements

The pass mark for any course shall be the attainment of grade “B” or 50%. Any candidate, who successfully completes the required modules, shall qualify upon approval by Senate, for the award of Masters of Arts in Monitoring and Evaluation of the Open University of Tanzania.

Admission Requirements

The prospective applicants must possess a first degree with first class or upper second class in any field from accredited universities. In addition, prospective students are envisaged to be competent in the field of elementary mathematics and statistics.

Cost & Fees

Non Tuition Fees

Application fee 30,000 30 30
Registration fee 50,000 100 100
ID processing 20,000 20 20
Student Organization fee (paid annually) 20,000 20 20
Quality assurance fee (paid annually) 20,000 20 40
Coursework Examination fee per paper 20,000 40 60
Plagiarism fee 20,000 20 20

Tution Fee per Unit for Taught Masters Programs

Blended mode 220,000 100 200
Facilitation fee 50 50
Dissertation fee 220,000 100 200

Note: Facilitation is meant to cater for taxes, levies, postage cost, courier services, and phone call charges.This fee is also paid by Tanzanians residing outside Tanzania.

Other Recommended Direct Student Cost For Masters by Coursework/Dissertation Students

Research/Field Costs & Consultations 1,500,000 1,000
Books 300,000 300
Stationery 100,000 100
Dissertation production 300,000 300
TOTAL 2,200,000 1,700
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 31, 2018
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Tanzania - Dar Es Salaam
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