Certificate Program in Assessment and Evaluation Research Skills

Students complete 12 credits from the following list:

SOC 515 Applied Social Statistics

SOC 514 Applied Quantitative Methods

SOC 517 Applied Qualitative Methods

SOC 519 GIS I Basic Mapping: Applications and Analysis

SOC 520 GIS II: Principles of Geographic Information Science

SOC 531 Program Evaluation

Students may complete the certificate program as part of their M.A. degree program in Applied Sociology, or they may do so as non-matriculated degree students. In either case, students will pay graduate tuition fees for all courses. The requirements for non-matriculated admission are:

  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  • a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale;
  • a course in statistics;
  • a writing sample, which could be a 1-2 statement of purpose.

Non-matriculated students in the certificate program will have the option to change to matriculated status and apply the certification courses to their degree program requirements, but they must do so before the completion of no more than nine graduate credits.

Students who successfully complete this program with a grade of B or higher in all courses will be awarded a certificate from the Department of Sociology attesting to that achievement.