Certificate in Qualitative Research

The Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research consists of six three-credit hour online courses (18 credit hours) designed to prepare academics, professional research consultants, and graduate students to understand a variety of qualitative research approaches and to conduct qualitative research studies. Our certificate students will (a) gain insight into the philosophical and theoretical foundations of qualitative research; (b) distinguish and critique qualitative research approaches and products; and (c) apply best practices in qualitative research to design, propose, conduct, and compose qualitative research of their own.

The program follows the Halmos College of Arts Sciences' graduate requirements: Students must (a) complete all degree requirements within the time limit, (b) have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of completion, and (c) not be in financial arrears with any office at NSU. The program also follows the school's transfer of credit policy for graduate certificate programs allowing for a maximum of 9 transfer credits.

Certificate Information

(15 Credits) 

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

QRGP 6300 Foundations of Qualitative Research 3
QRGP 6301 Qualitative Data Collection 3
QRGP 6302 Qualitative Data Analysis I 3
QRGP 6303 Qualitative Data Analysis II 3
QRGP 6305 Qualitative Research Design 3

(3 Credits) 

Choose one of the following:

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

QRGP 6304 Appraising Qualitative Research 3
QRGP 6306 Conducting Qualitative Research I 3
QRGP 6307 Conducting Qualitative Research II 3
QRGP 6308 Writing Qualitative Research 3
QRGP 6309 Arts-Based Qualitative Research 3
QRGP 6310 Autoethnography 3

Below is a sample of a degree plan for a full-time student who begins their studies in Fall term. Degree plans will be modified based on a student's enrollment date and pace of study.

Table 1: Degree Plan: 18 credits hours

YEAR 1
Fall (September) QRGP 6300
Foundations of Qualitative Research
QRGP 6302
Qualitative Data Analysis I
Winter (January) QRGP 6301
Qualitative Data Collection
QRGP 6303
Qualitative Data Analysis II
Summer (May) QRGP 6305
Qualitative Research Design
Elective