University of Victoria – Graduate Professional Certificate/Diploma

Graduate Professional Certificate or Diploma
University of Victoria  |  Victoria, BC  |  Website  

The four-course, part-time Graduate Certificate and the four-course plus final project Graduate Diploma program are designed for working professionals looking to enhance their knowledge and skills and want to practice evaluation in a wide range of public sector and non-profit organizations. Delivered entirely online, the two programs can be completed together in less than two years, taking one course per semester. Students in the Evaluation programs will learn alongside professionals who are currently working in evaluation-related fields as well as with new professionals who are building the knowledge and skills to start a career in this area. The Graduate Certificate Program is also intended for managers who have substantial responsibilities for evaluation-related functions in their organizations.

The Graduate Certificate and Diploma Programs are complementary – students will be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Evaluation Program starting in September 2010 and will have the option of continuing on and completing the Graduate Diploma in Evaluation. The capstone course in the Diploma will involve each student working with a client to develop and execute an evaluation. 

The two programs: 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 (CES) 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.

Program Content: Evaluation

Program Type: Professional Certification; Diploma
Program Delivery: Online
Target Audience: Working professionals looking to enhance their knowledge and skills and want to practice evaluation in a wide range of public sector and non-profit organizations.
Program Frequency: Annual intake
Application Deadline: March 31st, 2013
Program Start Date: Sept 1st, 2013
Program Duration: One to two years
Program Cost: Certificate approx $5000; Diploma approx $8000