Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research

The Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research is an 18-credit hour program through which graduate students gain expertise in qualitative research methodology. Graduate students in this program develop understandings and skills as related to designing, conducting, and assessing qualitative research. This is an interdisciplinary certificate with courses offered through many different programs throughout the university. The program is available to current Kent State master’s and doctoral students, and also as a stand-alone program for new graduate students. Current students may be able to apply course credit to both their primary program and the certificate program. Pursuing this certificate will provide valuable interdisciplinary experience in qualitative research as well as a credential for those pursuing faculty positions, grant funding, and further graduate education.

For more information, please contact the co-coordinators:

Dr. Tricia Niesz (

Dr. Sheryl Chatfield (


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