Where will this take me?


Who the course is for

The program is suitable for professionals, managers and funders working in diverse industries – from government to not-for-profit, healthcare, defence, international aid, community development or education to name a few.

Career outcomes

There are growing professional opportunities available for graduates who complete the Evaluation program, with numerous active professional societies for evaluators worldwide. There are also moves in some countries such as Canada and the USA to certify and accredit evaluation professionals.

Program evaluators assess the quality of various programs – including aid programs, health programs, education programs, charity programs, and government programs. Our graduates will be prepared for diverse leadership roles within corporate evaluation firms, educational institutions, not-for-profit organisations, philanthropic organisations, government departments, healthcare and various other sectors. You will be career ready to pursue numerous positions such as: Senior Program Planner, Senior Trainer and Assessor, Senior Internal Auditor, Manager (Planning and Performance), Senior Consultant, Senior Program Evaluator, Senior Project Evaluator, and Senior Policy Evaluator.

Graduates can expect to establish successful careers within government, independent consulting, and community-based organisations, at local, national and international levels.


Robert Drake

When Robert Drake made the decision to change the direction of his career at age 60 there was no doubt in his mind what path he wanted to take.

“I decided I wanted to branch out into international development work, specialising in programs and evaluation,” he explains.

To ensure the likelihood of realising his goal, he saw an opportunity in studying the Master of Evaluation at the University of Melbourne.

“I hope to be doing evaluation projects in Third World countries within 2 years,” he states.

The highlight of the Master of Evaluation course for Robert has been “the interweaving of the theoretical and practical aspects.”

“We have had readings and guest lectures from cutting-edge practitioners from several countries, such as Jane Davidson from New Zealand. They have opened my eyes to ways to do quality work in tricky situations.”

Juggling full-time work, study and family is never easy, but the online study has allowed me to be fairly efficient with my time. The online structure made it more flexible, so I could do the work at times that suited me.

Studying online has also given Robert the opportunity to build connections all over the world. He says, “During online discussion sessions, there have been students hooking in from Vanuatu, USA, Cambodia and remote Western Australia.”

“The cost of the masters gives me a great return on investment. It would take me a decade in the workplace to get the same level of skill, and accelerated learning has allowed me to make a quick change in career.”

And what’s his advice for anyone else interested in evaluation?

“I would strongly recommend the University of Melbourne Master of Evaluation. Dive in. Do it. Thrive.”