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Explore a career in applied research with a Program Evaluation certificate

Revisiting and refining are an important part of making something better. The Chang School is proud to help train more professionals in this growing field with our new Postgraduate Certificate in Program Evaluation, launching in Fall 2024.

Do you have an advanced degree in research-intensive fields like business, humanities, health, arts, social science, education, or life sciences but want a career outside academia? Or are you already working in a related role and need a credential to boost your experience? Program evaluation is a great option, with many different fascinating career paths and roles available.

The program evaluation certificate’s learning outcomes are mapped to Canadian Evaluation Society competencies, and will teach you the fundamentals of program evaluation, applied research, stakeholder and project management, and organizational dynamics. All our program evaluation courses have an experiential learning component built in, too, so the assignments mimic the kind of deliverables expected of a working evaluator.

You can work in a wide array of sectors, including federal and provincial government, education, law enforcement, community services, Indigenous advocacy groups, charities, think tanks and research groups, and management consultancies.

Our program also has a strong focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion. You’ll learn how to use the tools and methodologies of evaluation appropriately, equitably, and ethically in the evaluation process, and how to work with vulnerable populations and traditionally marginalized groups.

Excited to start or boost your program evaluation career? You can complete your program evaluation certificate online and finish it in as little as one year. If you’re ready to help create more fair and equitable processes and programs, come start this certificate today.


Information Session

Join us on August 19, 5:00–5:45 p.m. EDT for an online info session.

Who should take this Program Evaluation certificate?

  • You’re an advanced degree-holder in a research-intensive field such as business, humanities, health, arts, social science, education, or life sciences and want a career outside academia
  • You’re already employed in a related or allied role in program evaluation and require an additional credential or specialization for career pivoting or advancement

What will you learn while taking the Program Evaluation certificate?

You’ll learn how to:

  • Apply the core philosophies, theories, nuances, and ethical considerations involved in the practice of evaluation
  • Use the tools and methodologies of evaluation appropriately, equitably, and ethically in the evaluation process
  • Assess the needs of a client, define the scope of an evaluation, and select the design the best possible methodology for a given evaluation
  • Understand the impact of social and political systems on vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, people with disabilities, the incarcerated, and unhoused, and historically marginalized groups, such as Indigenous people, women, gender and sexual minorities, and racialized individuals, and account for these impacts during an evaluation
  • Make relevant and actionable recommendations that support the desired impacts or outcomes

Career Options

This certificate can prepare you for jobs like:

  • Program evaluator
  • Program specialist
  • Program coordinator
  • Program manager
  • Knowledge transfer specialist
  • Research and program evaluation analyst
  • Research and program evaluation specialist
  • Research impact specialist
  • Quality assurance specialist

Certificate Requirements

  • 4 required courses

Admission Criteria

  • Undergraduate degree

How to Apply

  1. Prepare an updated resume, including your most recent and relevant experience and education.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. Upload your resume to the application.
  4. Submit the form.

After we receive your application, a representative from The Chang School will contact you within three business days.

If your application is approved, you will receive information on how to register for your certificate and enrol in your course(s). You must enrol and pay for your course(s) in order to secure your space.

If we receive your application within three business days of the course start date, your next opportunity to register for courses may be in a future term.

Note: not all courses will be available every term, and space is subject to availability. Some courses have prerequisite requirements. Check the course pages for more information.


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