Graduate Certificate Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies

Offered through the Mary Frances Early 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.


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Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.


Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $629  per credit hour  18 credit hours $11,322 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 3 semesters $1,791 USD
Total Program Cost     $13,113 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). 


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 to the graduate school for the Graduate Certificate program in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies and are not required to take entrance exams and submit letters of recommendation. 

Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit online to the Graduate School Admissions. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Select Campus- Online
  3. Select Intended Program - CERG, Qualitative Studies (Lifelong Ed, Admin, and Policy)[CERT_2QST_ON]
  4. Statement of purpose - Submit to the Graduate School online in your application.
  5. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.

International Applicants - must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants

  • 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


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).


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.


Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.

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



"I work with graduate and doctoral students, balancing my workload as a student and my responsibilities as a faculty and fitting in some research in there. Students view things with a different perspective than faculty, so this has really informed my own teaching and helped me. I’m really enjoying and learning." - Dr. Iris Saltiel, '15