Overview

Graduate Certificate Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies

Offered through the College of Education, the University of Georgia offers qualified students the ability to earn an online graduate certificate in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies (IQS). Designed to respond to the growing demand for national and international training in qualitative research, this program is ideal for researchers and non-degree students who would like additional preparation in designing and conducting qualitative studies, and who may be called upon to teach qualitative research methods in their institutions. The emphasis of the program is to provide an up-to-date overview of theoretical approaches to qualitative research, research design, data analysis and writing for varied audiences. Graduates from the IQS Certificate program have the knowledge and skills to design, critique, and implement high quality research and evaluation studies.

Accreditations

The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones and printer may be required.
  • High Speed Internet Access.

Cost

Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $629  per credit hour  18 credit hours $11,322 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 6 semesters $3,582 USD
Total Program Cost     $14,904 USD

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Current tuition and fees are available on the Office of the Registrar website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester. 

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 

Admissions

Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Certificate:  18 (credit hours)

Maximum Hours Transferable into Program:  N/A

Admission Requirements

Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student.  Requirements are based on UGA's Graduate School admissions standards for non-degree students.

Application Checklist

Students applying to the Graduate School for non-degree status are not required to take entrance exams or to submit test scores and letters of recommendation.

  1. Application – Submit to the Graduate School online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Test Scores – International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  3. Statement of purpose – Submit to the Graduate School online in your application.
  4. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: April 15

Missed the deadline? Ask about the possibility of a deadline extension in the Request for Information form.

International Applicants

  • Fall: April 15

Curriculum

Program Structure

Students in this fully online certificate program will take a minimum of 18 semester hours of graduate coursework. There are three areas of course work in the program: qualitative research core, electives, and a research project. Students will apply the knowledge and skills gained in the program to the design and conduct a study of their own choosing and prepare a publishable manuscript. 

Additional details about the program can be found in the program's graduate handbook (pdf).

Courses

Qualitative Research Core (9 semester hours) 

QUAL 8400E - Qualitative Research Traditions (3 semester hours)

QUAL 8410E - Designing Qualitative Research (3 semester hours)

QUAL8420E - Analyzing Qualitative Data (3 semester hours)

Elective Courses (6 semester hours)

Courses should be selected through discussion with the faculty advisor.

Research Project (3 hours)

This project is completed under faculty supervision in lieu of a thesis and will be developed as part of the coursework.

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Guest Blog: Online Video Tutorials for Distance Education Students

 

 

 

The library research resources available to distance learners have never been better.  No matter what your topic or where you are studying, the books and articles you need are only a few clicks away.  But to find them, you’ll have to learn to use the GIL online catalog and GALILEO databases, which can seem intimidating to the uninitiated. 

 

The fastest way to get started is with the video tutorials created by the UGA Libraries. 

 

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This one, “Welcome to the Libraries,” introduces the most powerful tools available through the UGA Libraries web site in less than five minutes. It also shows you how to gain off-campus access to GALILEO databases and e-books, how to renew your books online, and how to request materials from the Repository.  It explains basic services such as how to access materials that have been placed on reserve, how to use GIL Express, and how to use Interlibrary Loan.

 

Many more video tutorials about library resources and services are available in this libguide for distance learners, http://guides.libs.uga.edu/c.php?g=350137.   All are brief, closed-captioned instructional sessions.   If you are new to the UGA Libraries or coming back to school after some time off, these tutorials are a great way to get an overview of services or refresh rusty research skills.  Here you’ll find videos showing you how to recall books that are checked out to other patrons, when to use GIL-Find or GIL Classic, and how to find UGA dissertations as well as dissertations available at other universities.  Other tutorials will help you search specific databases and locate a specific journal article.

 

We welcome your suggestions for future tutorials.   And they’re not the only way you can get library help.  You can contact librarians directly by phone at 706 542-3251, or text us at 706-363-0836, chat with us from the libraries homepage, or visit us in the libraries!   

 

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Contact Information

Contact the online Qualitative Studies Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have.

Email us using the request for information form or call 1 (706) 452-7944