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 Deadline
    FallMar 1Mar 1
    SpringNov 1Nov 1
    SummerMar 1Mar 1
  • Admissions Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    • Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal Statement
      • 2 Letters of Recommendation
      • GRE Scores:
        • If you have at least three years of experience working in a relevant higher education management or administration position, GRE scores are not required, but you must instead include at least one letter of recommendation from an employer supporting your capabilities for pursuing this certificate.
      • Resume:
        • Required for domestic students
        • Required for international students
      • TOEFL score from last two years*

      *International students only

    Learn more about specific admissions requirements

  • Certificate Requirements

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