Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Evaluation

If you are entering a career as an evaluator, or are a mid-career professional working in the evaluation field, the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Evaluation are designed for you.

The Graduate Certificate and Diploma Programs are complementary - you can be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Evaluation Program starting in September and will have the option of continuing on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Evaluation. To finish the capstone course in the Diploma, you'll work with a client to develop and execute an evaluation under the supervision of one or more faculty members.

The Certificate and Diploma:

The Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) has implemented a credentialing process that will make it possible for persons interested in acquiring a professional evaluator designation to combine education, training and experience to become a Credentialed Evaluator. Information about becoming a Credentialed Evaluator is available at: http://www.evaluationcanada.ca/site.cgi?s=5&ss=7&_lang=EN.

In the last several years, CES has also been engaged with Treasury Board Secretariat in the Federal Government of Canada to develop ways of meeting the current and anticipated shortages of evaluators in the Federal Government. An agreement to create a Consortium of Universities for Evaluation Education (CUEE) was reached in 2008. The School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria is a founding member of CUEE and is the Secretariat for the organization. The Graduate Certificate and Diploma Programs are a part of CUEE's commitment to creating more opportunities for students and practitioners to acquire the skills and knowledge to become professional evaluators.

Program and course overview

The Graduate Certificate in Evaluation is made up of four courses (6.0 units) and the Graduate Diploma consists of four courses (6.0 units) and a research project (4.5 units). Students who have completed the four courses for the Certificate Program may receive a Graduate Certificate in Evaluation, or have their courses credited towards the Diploma.

The students complete the online courses and may be in classes with MPA or PhD students. The online courses include readings, written assignments, and discussion groups on topics specific to the evaluation sector or focused on evaluation-related activities in the workplace of the students.

Students register in one course per term with the aim of completing the program in less than two years.

Course sequence

The courses are normally taken in the following sequence:

Certificate:
  • ADMN 537 Program Evaluation and performance Measurement
  • ADMN 580 Qualitative Evaluation Methods and Applications
    • ADMN 581 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation OR (depending upon scheduling availability)
    • ADMN 582 Topics in Program Evaluation, Performance Measurement, Performance Management and Knowledge Management
  • ADMN 544 Economic Evaluation Methods and Applications
Diploma -complete the courses as above, followed by:
  • ADMN 596 Evaluation Project (required for the Diploma)
View the Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Evaluation application requirements.