Graduate School of Education - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Graduate Certificate - Qualitative Research

Welcome to the GMU Certificate in Qualitative Research!

The Certificate 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 in qualitative research may be pursued only on a part-time basis.

Certificate Degree RequirementsMore Less

Required Courses (9 credits)

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Choose 9 credits from the following:

  • EDRS 897: Special Topics in Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • Other GMU/Consortium courses as approved by C-QR faculty.
  • 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 GMU/Consortium courses must be must be approved by C-QR Committee.

    Total: 18 credits

Qualitative Research Committee Members

Please direct questions regarding the Qualitative Research certificate to one of the committee members listed below.