Housed in the Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education, the Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods (QRM) facilitates students’ understanding of and capacity for designing and conducting naturalistic studies that demonstrate contemporary standards of scientific rigor. Through coursework, students are not only exposed to classroom instruction that covers how to conduct qualitative research according to the peer review standards of Tier I journals, but also assigned to complete experiential learning tasks that ensure competency in methodological choices and procedural methods. The certificate supplements other degree programs to support the growth of ethically responsible researchers and research-driven leaders driven to support underrepresented voices in an increasingly global and diverse world.


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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Design and conduct ethical qualitative research
  • Use various methods for analyzing and interpreting data
  • Conduct contrastive analyses of observational, interview, and/or artifact data
  • Write substantive qualitative research reports


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Advanced Graduate Certificate In Qualitative Research

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