Certificate in Institutional Research

Higher Education and Student Affairs

Certificate in Institutional Research

This residential certificate program is designed for students currently pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in higher education or other relevant field, as well as working professionals.

The 18-credit hour program consists of four required courses and two elective courses.The curriculum offers a combination of foundational knowledge, technical skills and competencies, and guided professional practice in the evolving field of institutional research.

  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterDeadline
    Fall Mar 1
    Spring Nov 1
    Summer Mar 1
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admission Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.

    Note: If you are currently enrolled or have applied in the past year, you should qualify for an application fee waiver. Click here for criteria and how to obtain the waiver.

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    3. Completed online application that includes:
      • Personal statement
      • Resume
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Program Requirements
  • Tuition and Fees

    Per credit hour

    IN Resident$450.93

    *Does not include fees, which will vary depending on the number of credits enrolled. Find more information and calculate your expected costs at Student Central.

You will gain:

  • Foundational knowledge about the institutional research profession and the practice of institutional research within higher education institutions
  • Integrative understanding of the external and internal contexts and cultures within which higher education institutions use institutional research to plan, evaluate and improve higher education programs and services
  • Extensive knowledge about the core management functions of higher education institutions, (e.g., academic program administration, enrollment management, institutional management and resource allocation, governance, student affairs, higher education policy and finance, and institutional advancement), with more in-depth knowledge of at least one of these areas
  • Advanced skills in adapting, reformulating and employing the principal concepts and methods of institutional research in multiple applied research projects

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