Masters Graduate Certificate

The Master of Evaluation and Graduate Certificate in Evaluation are the only courses of their kind in Australasia. They will give you specialist evaluation skills that you can apply in your current field and beyond.

You will learn theories underlying policy and program development, the roles of different types of evaluation, key concepts and approaches. With a focus on ethical practice, you will also explore critical issues in the design, conduct, and use of evaluation.

Open to students from any disciplinary background, including the public sector, health, welfare, education, not-for-profit and research, these courses are designed to prepare you for a leadership role in evaluation theory, method, and practice.

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Entry requirements

  • A four-year undergraduate degree, or
  • A three-year undergraduate degree and either a postgraduate qualification or at least three years of documented relevant work experience.

All applicants must also:

  • Submit a personal statement (up to 400 words) summarising relevant prior study, work experience and why they wish to be considered for the course
  • Meet English language requirements.

Course structure

Graduate Certificate in Evaluation

  • Course code: GC-EVAL
  • 6 months full-time or 12 months part-time
  • 50 points of coursework, comprising:
    • 2 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects
    • 2 x elective 12.5 point subjects.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Graduate Certificate in Evaluation.

Master of Evaluation: Coursework

  • Course code: MC-EVAL
  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • 100 points of coursework, comprising:
    • 4 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects (including the capstone requirement)
    • 4 x elective 12.5 point subjects.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Evaluation: Coursework.

Master of Evaluation: Research

  • Course code: MR-EVAL
  • 18 months full-time or 3 years part-time
  • 50 points of coursework, comprising:
    • 2 x compulsory 12.5 point subjects
    • 2 x elective 12.5 point subjects.
  • 100 points of thesis*, comprising 1 x 20,000 word thesis.

*Research students must maintain a grade average of 75% in all coursework to progress to thesis.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Evaluation: Research.


These courses will enable you to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of evaluation theory and practice
  • make effective use of evaluation literature and research
  • apply understandings of evaluation theory and methods to a range of professional settings
  • demonstrate an appreciation of professional responsibilities and ethical principles that characterise leaders in the evaluation field.


Graduate Certificate graduates may be eligible for 50 points of credit towards the Masters course, and a range of other graduate coursework programs.

Students who are interested in completing a thesis are encouraged to apply for the Master of Evaluation - Research. Graduates from this program are eligible to apply for entry to the Doctor of Education program or a PhD.

How to apply

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. International applicants can apply online or in person through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Start year intake, 2018


Round 1 closes: 31 October 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017

Round 3 closes: 31 January 2018


Round 1 closes: 31 July 2017

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2017

Mid-year intake, 2017


Round 1 closes: 31 May 2017

Round 2 closes: 30 June 2017


Round 1 closes: 28 February 2017

Round 2 closes: 12 June 2017

* Dates only apply for courses which are available to international students.

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • previous academic transcripts
  • evidence of degree completion (testamur)
  • evidence of English language proficiency
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of intent (check course entry requirements)
  • referee reports (Master of Educational Psychology only).

It's also worth checking the advanced standing policy (PDF, 209 KB) to see if you are eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course.

Application process

Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • If you are a current or past University of Melbourne student or applicant, use your existing student ID/username and password. Registering as a first time applicant will delay the processing of your application.
  • Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and are not available for all courses. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.

Application outcome

Application outcomes will be sent to your nominated email address or overseas representative.

Applicants are able to check the progress of their application by logging in to the online course application page.

Application closing dates

There are two major selection rounds during the year. New applications can be submitted at any time, however only complete applications submitted by the closing dates below will be considered in each round.

Please note: meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission into the course as entry to candidature is very competitive.

Semester 2, 2017

Applications for all graduate research degrees close: 18 April 2017.

Semester 1, 2018

Applications for Doctor of Education and Master of Educational Psychology/PhD (combined degree) close: 31 August 2017.

Applications for all other graduate research degrees close: 16 October 2017.

We recommend you submit your application at least four weeks before the closing date to allow adequate time for any additional documents to be provided.

Application process

Applications for graduate research degrees are submitted online.

  1. Read the application information on the Future Students website.
  2. Complete the online application form by following the prompts and submit. You are required to provide a research proposal as part of your application (proposal requirements are outlined below).
  3. You will receive an email from Graduate Research (GR) Admissions confirming whether your application is complete or incomplete. Please check this email carefully for any additional documentation required and expected processing times.

If you have any questions about how to complete or submit your application, please contact GR Admissions at rhd-admissions@unimelb.edu.au.

Research proposal

You are required to provide an extended research proposal as part of your application. Research proposals need to be 1,500 words for PhD applications and 1,000 words for all other graduate research degrees.

They must succinctly address the following points under separate headings:

  1. Rationale for and aims of study: what is the proposed topic of your study and why is it important? What does your study want to achieve? What could be your potential research questions?
  2. Key concepts and theories: briefly discuss key academic concepts and theories informing your study.
  3. Approach and methodology: provide a brief overview of the approach and/or methodology you intend to use in your study.
  4. Rationale for coming to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education: include suggestions for two or three prospective supervisors, and provide a brief explanation of how these supervisors could contribute to your research project. You do not need to provide evidence that these supervisors have agreed to support your project. Please note that at least one of these prospective supervisors should also be listed in the “preferred supervisors” section of the online application form.
  5. Bibliography: list up to ten key references for your project.


Scholarship applications should be lodged online as part of your graduate research degree application. Current graduate research students can apply for scholarships via their Student Portal.

Visit financial support and scholarships to see available scholarships.

For more information about eligibility, selection and indicative competitive score for scholarships, visit how are graduate research scholarships awarded?

Application outcome

All correspondence regarding your application will be by email. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter via email explaining how you can accept your place.

Semester 1, 2017

Outcomes for Doctor of Education: early October 2016.

Outcomes for all other graduate research degrees: December 2016.

Semester 2, 2017

Outcomes for all graduate research degrees: June 2017.