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 Certificate Program starting in September and will have the option of continuing on to attain the Diploma. 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. 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 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.

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

The part-time online Graduate Certificate in Evaluation consists of four specified ADMN 500-level courses. Upon successful completion of the four courses, students can opt to apply for and receive their Graduate Certificate, or they may apply for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Evaluation.

The Diploma requires completion of a final project, ADMN 596 (4.5 units). Students who undertake the project, which will be supervised by a faculty member, will have an evaluation client, an agreed-upon project design, and a timeline to complete the project. A written project report will be prepared and submitted to an examination committee. Completed reports will be assessed by a committee consisting of academic instructors and practitioners, including the client for the project.


ADMN 537 (1.5)  Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement


ADMN 580 (1.5)  Qualitative Evaluation Methods and Applications


ADMN 581 (1.5)  Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation


ADMN 582 (1.5)  Topics in Program Evaluation, Performance Measurement, Performance Management and Knowledge Management


ADMN 544 (1.5)  Economic Evaluation Methods and Applications


For students who opt to enrol in the Diploma in Evaluation, they will then complete:


ADMN 596 (4.5)  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.