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

The Master of Arts in Monitoring and Evaluation (MA, M&E) is an academic programme which seeks to develop sound and in-depth understanding on theoretical and practical aspects of monitoring and evaluation.

This programme adopts standard methods, techniques and best practices that are increasingly employed by international organizations such as the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) and the World Bank in conducting monitoring and evaluation of development programmes 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 programmes.

The underlying philosophy under this programme is underpinned by the overarching objective of producing competent experts who are proficient in carrying out monitoring and evaluation assignments in large scale development programmes.

The programme 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.

Programme Summary

Course Name: Master of Arts in Monitoring and Evaluation

Course Initials:  MA M&E


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Programmes Informations

A first or second class honours degree in any discipline /major from The Open University of Tanzania or the equivalent qualification from other approved higher learning  institutions.

The MA M&E degree involves intensive coursework, written examination and a dissertation.

Each student takes six taught courses, two core courses in the first and second trimester and third trimester.

Core Courses


OEC 620

Fundamentals of project planning and management


OEC 621

Principles and practices


OEC 622

Research methods and statistics for impact evaluation


OEC 623

Planning for monitoring and evaluation system


OEC 624

Designing for monitoring and evaluation systems


OEC 699



Elective Courses( Choose at least one elective)

OEC 625

Cost benefit analysis: Theory and application


OEC 626

Risk management in monitoring and evaluation


OEC 627

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment




The dissertation of minimum 15,000 and maximum length 20,000 words will typically be a piece of supervised research of an acceptable standard, including a brief critical review of the literature in the relevant area.

It should also include an empirical analysis which employs some techniques acquired from the six courses during coursework.


The duration of the programmes is about 15months (about 9 months’ coursework and 6 months of dissertation). The fee is Tsh 360,000 for each course excluding dissertation that is one unit (1 unit) =Tsh 180,000 most postgraduate courses weigh 2 units (20 credits).

The dissertation is charged 1,080,000. The minimum number of taught courses for most masters programmes is 6 (ie 2 courses per trimester excluding dissertation) hence the minimum tuition fee for such programme with 6 taught course would cost (360,000X6)+ 1,080,000 for dissertation.

Note that the other charges [Registration fees (Paid once), ID processing Fee (Once), Student contribution (Annually), TCU Quality Assurance (Annually) and Examination Fee] will be included.

1  Mr. Abdul Kilima                   MA M&E +255 788 513 483
2  Mr. Henry Tumaini                   MA M&E +255 762 411 034
3  Ms. Janeth Gwimile                   MA M&E +255 785 395 454

On completion of this programme, students will be able to demonstrate

  1. Understanding of formulating, coordination and evaluating development programmes
  2. Understanding of the state of the art competencies in M&E, including key principles and practices
  • The ability to apply a significant range of professional and business skills, practices and techniques in M&E.
  1. Understanding of planning and effective M&E leadership and executive decision-making in implementing the projects.
  2. Understanding of designing monitoring and evaluation systems.

To complete one course there are six parts equaling to 12 weeks of learning for each course. There are three modules (trimesters) of about 12 weeks each required to complete the coursework.

For example if the programme has 6 taught courses in total, for each module there could be two courses (ie two lecturers). For each course in a trimester there is a different assessment because they are taught by different lecturers.

For each course there is take home term paper (assignment) to be given to students in the second half of the respective trimester); and final comprehensive examination at the end of trimester.

The online discussions weigh 20%, term paper-30% and final exam-50%. The lecturers do monitor accuracy of contributions each student makes when discussing to constitute the 20%.

The examination is done by students at any regional centre when they are ready. Students must have participated in the discussions for all the 6 parts of the course in the MOODLE platform for them to be allowed to do final examinations.The final exam is done after second F2F sessions after consultations with students.