Qualitative Research Certificate
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The Research Methods graduate certificate with a concentration in Qualitative Research offers a program of study to develop well-trained qualitative researchers in higher education and policy organizations. Courses blend theory and application, contributing to a comprehensive grounding in qualitative inquiry. The certificate is appropriate for those seeking faculty, research, and administrative positions in higher education, as well as those who work in federal, state, and local positions that require a diverse set of research skills for program development, assessment, and evaluation.
Why a certificate in qualitative research?
Qualitative methodology offers the opportunity to explore the many facets of human experience and perspective. As the only graduate certificate in qualitative methodology in this region, our program is flexible enough to enable you to delve deeply into the areas of qualitative inquiry that are most meaningful and useful to you as a researcher or faculty member. The certificate will document your professional attention to qualitative methods and methodologies in particular and to quality research in general.
How does this certificate work?
Our faculty members, trained in some of the most prestigious qualitative programs in the United States, are dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to qualitative inquiry that focuses on learning through theory and practice. Our program encourages diverse theoretical, methodological, ethical, and practical principles across research in the social sciences. The program is structured around two core courses, three advanced applied courses (students choose based on interest and goals), and a capstone experience.
The graduate certificate may be pursued only on a part-time basis. However, students who are pursuing degrees on a full-time basis may still pursue the graduate certificate in qualitative research.
Required Courses (9 credits)
- EDRS 812: Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (3 credits)
- EDRS 822: Advanced Applications of Qualitative Methods (3 credits)
- EDRS 895: Qualitative Methods Capstone Project (3 credits) (should be taken after completion of all other certificate degree requirements)
Elective Courses (9 credits) - Choose 9 credits from the following:
- EDRS 818: Critical Discourse Analysis in Education Research (3 credits)
- EDRS 824: Mixed Methods Research: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (3 credits)
- EDRS 825: Advanced Research Methods in Self-Study of Professional Practice (3 credits)
- EDRS 826: Qualitative Case Study Methods (3 credits)
- EDRS 832: Document Analysis and Archival Research (3 credits)
- EDRS 833: Participatory Action Research (3 credits)
- EDRS 836: Narrative Inquiry (3 credits)
- EDRS 850: Grounded Theory (3 credits)
- EDRS 897: Special Topics in Research Methods (3 credits)
- Other Mason/consortium courses as approved by C-QR faculty on a case-by-case basis.
Note: Students who would like to include alternate courses to count toward the certificate should discuss the possibility of a substitution with their advisor. No more than two non-EDRS courses may be substituted. Other Mason/consortium courses must be approved by C-QR Committee.
Total: 18 credits
(classes starting in August)
(classes starting in January)
(classes starting in May, June, or July)
Priority*: January 15
Space Available: February 15
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- Graduate application and fee
- Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores that are no more than 5 years old
- 750-1,000-word written statement of your goals and interest in the program
- Current resume
- Three letters of recommendation: Applicants should follow the instructions included in the online application to submit the recommendation form directly to their recommender. Mason does not accept paper recommendations. Recommendations should be professional or academic in nature.
- Transcripts from all previous institutions attended in the U.S. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admissions information page for specific requirements regarding uploading unofficial transcripts.
- Applicants with transcripts from outside of the U.S. could have additional requirements. Please refer to the How To Apply page for specific requirements about submitting international transcripts, evaluations, and English language proficiency.
- An earned baccalaureate and/or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from official transcripts. Expectation of an earned baccalaureate and/or graduate degree prior to the first day of classes for the term for which the student is applying will also meet this requirement. See the admissions policy here for information.
- A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in baccalaureate study. The GPA requirement may be higher for some graduate programs. The university, at its discretion, may, in evaluating the meeting of this requirement, additionally consider the difficulty of the baccalaureate degree, relevant work experience, any/or other evidence of ability to succeed in graduate study.
- Enrollment in a PhD program or an earned master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from official transcripts. Expectation of an earned baccalaureate and/or graduate degree prior to the first day of classes for the term for which the student is applying will also meet this requirement. See the admissions policy here for information.
- International students should reference Admission of International Students for additional requirements.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
(includes MSF*; discounted from $1,624.25)
|VA Resident and PK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program**||$603.25
|CEHD Course Fee||$25.00 - $84.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$734.70 - $793.70|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$934.70 - $993.70|
|Total cost for VA Resident and PK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program*||$628.25 - $687.25|
|Graduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
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*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF): $150.25
**VA state residents who are eligible must apply for the 15% PreK-16 VA Educators Discount in order to take advantage of the lower tuition. Eligible students receive 15% off the total tuition and mandatory student fee.
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