Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Evaluation

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Note: As of September 2020, we are not admitting students directly into the Graduate Diploma in Evaluation. All students interested in this program should first apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate.

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 Certificate Program starting in September and will have the option applying to the Diploma upon completion of the four courses required for the Certificate. To complete the final research project in the Diploma, you will work with a client to develop and execute an evaluation under the supervision of one or more faculty members.

Both the Certificate and Diploma:

  • build knowledge and skills in essential methodologies, theoretical approaches and applications in evaluation and performance measurement
  • apply a working knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative evaluation methodologies
  • are designed to build the evaluator competencies identified by the Canadian Evaluation Society as part of professionalizing evaluation practice in Canada.
  • build an understanding of the role that economic analysis plays in evaluation, including cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis
  • offer an opportunity to acquire more advanced knowledge and skills that relate econometric applications to evaluation
  • provide students who complete the Diploma, with a hands-on understanding of the application of evaluation methodologies in an actual evaluation project by working with a client to complete a practical, useable evaluation

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:

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 through an agreement with a Consortium of Universities for Evaluation Education (CUEE). 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.

Application deadline is March 31 for the September program start:

(If you are applying to complete the Certificate concurrently, please contact BEFORE applying.)

To qualify for the admission to the Graduate Certificate in Evaluation, applicants should have the following:

  1. a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent from another country) from an accredited and recognized institution.
  2. a grade point average of 5.0 (B) in the last two years (30 units) leading to the baccalaureate degree.
  3. Course in Research Design or Research Methods.

In addition, applicants must submit official transcripts, a professional resumé and a letter of intent that explains how this program relates to their career plans and their personal and professional values and goals. Finally, applicants must have two assessment forms or letters of reference sent directly to the Graduate Admissions and Records Office.

Program and course overview

The Graduate Certificate in Evaluation is made up of four courses (6.0 units total) and the Graduate Diploma in Evaluation consists of the same four courses (6.0 units) plus 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. (Note the course requirements for the Graduate Certificate have been updated (effective May 2020, but these changes to the Graduate Diploma in Evaluation are pending approval for the 2021 Graduate Calendar.)

Students complete the online courses and may be in classes with MPA or other graduate 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.

Graduate Requirements

Graduate Certificate Requirements

Courses are listed in order of completion (ADMN 537 is the first course to be completed in the program and ADMN 583 is the final course of the Certificate).
    • Complete 
      • ADMN 537 - Foundations for Program Evaluation (1.5)  
    • Complete 1 of:
      • ADMN 580 - Qualitative Evaluation Approaches and Methods (1.5)
      • ADMN 581 - Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (1.5)
        Note: Students can complete both ADMN 580 and 581 and one of those courses will count towards the elective requirement below.
    • Complete 1 of: 
      • ADMN 523 - Special Topics in Public Sector Management (1.5)
      • ADMN 544 - Economic Evaluation Methods and Applications (1.5)
      • ADMN 582 - Topics in Evaluation and Performance Measurement (1.5)
      • ADMN 580 - Qualitative Evaluation Approaches and Methods (1.5)
      • ADMN 581 - Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (1.5)
    • Complete
      • ADMN 583 - Culturally Responsive Evaluation (1.5)

Graduate Diploma Requirements

  • Completion of Graduate Certificate course requirements
  • ADMN 596 (3.0)  Evaluation Project (course may take 2 terms to complete, but normally should not exceed 3 terms.)
View the Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Evaluation application requirements.