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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 (tniesz@kent.edu)

Dr. Sheryl Chatfield (schatfi1@kent.edu)

 

 

Program Requirements

 

Select one introductory course in qualitative research:

  • EVAL 65516/85516 Qualitative Research Design (3)
  • COMM 65040/75040 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication (3)
  • GEOG 60900/70900 Qualitative Research Methods in Geography (3)
  • POL 60010/70010 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • SBS 73010 Qualitative Methods for Public Health Research (3)
  • SOC 62219/72219 Qualitative Methods in Sociology (4)

 

Select two additional research design or analysis courses:

 

  • EVAL 65516/85516 Qualitative Research Design (3)

 

  • EVAL 85518 Advanced Qualitative Research (3)

 

  • COMM 65040/75040 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication (3)
  • GEOG 60900/70900 Qualitative Research Methods in Geography (3)

 

  • POL 60010/70010 Qualitative Research Methods (3)

 

  • SBS 73010 Qualitative Methods for Public Health Research (3)
  • SBS 73011 Qualitative Data Analysis (3)

 

  • SOC 62219/72219 Qualitative Methods in Sociology (4)

 

  • SOC 62221/72221 Advanced Qualitative Methods in Sociology (3)

 

 

Select three electives:

  • CULT 60050/80050 Humanities-Oriented Research in Education (3)
  • EVAL 85520 Mixed Methods Research (3)
  • EVAL 65530/85530 Practitioner Inquiry (3)
  • EVAL 85540 Grounded Theory and Phenomenological Research (3)
  • EVAL 85560 Critical Social Research (3)
  • EVAL 88795 Special Topics: Ethnographic and Case Study Research (3)
  • GEOG 52053/72053 Geographies of Memories and Heritage (3)
  • MUS 73283 Research in Music Education (3)
  • MUS 73285 Philosophy of Music Education (3)
  • MUS 73286 Sociology of Music Education (3)
  • Any course in the above categories that has not yet been taken (3)
  • Advisor-approved Special Topics course (3)
  • Advisor-approved Individual Investigation (3)
  • Advisor-approved credit-bearing research project (3)
  • Other advisor-approved elective (3)

 

Notes:

  • Some courses may have additional prerequisite or instructor permission requirements.
  • Students currently pursuing a doctoral degree must enroll in the doctoral-level version of courses if offered.
  • To successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research, a student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in the certificate courses.
  • Students may substitute courses at the discretion of the program coordinators.