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Qualitative Research and Inquiry Methodology

Graduate Certificate

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The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research and Inquiry Methodology explores the latest cutting-edge digital tools and analytic methods for collecting and analyzing qualitative data.

Gain opportunities to design and carry out rigorous qualitative research. Investigate critical issues in the field as you design and conduct studies to answer real-world questions. Acquire the expertise you need with maximum flexibility, and learn from caring professors who are world-renowned experts in qualitative methodologies.

Prepare for careers in such environments as:

  • Research firms
  • Corporate data analytics
  • Government agencies
  • Universities

This program may be of special interest to:

  • Employees working in applied research contexts
  • Job seekers interested in positions involving qualitative research
  • Those desiring a credential from a highly ranked university to demonstrate their expertise to employers
  • Current graduate students taking qualitative inquiry courses who want to earn a certificate on their way to degree completion

Certificate Requirements 

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research and Inquiry Methodology, you must complete 12 credit hours. Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Core courses (9 credit hours)
  • Elective (3 credit hours)


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  • A bachelor's degree
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:
  • Transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • GRE scores (required only if applicant does not have an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited US institution)
  • Resume/CV
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores



EDUC-Y 611Qualitative Inquiry in Education3 Credits
EDUC-Y 616Digital Tools for Qualitative Inquiry3 Credits
EDUC-Y 640Analyzing Qualitative Data3 Credits


EDUC-Y 510Action Research I3 Credits
EDUC-Y 612Critical Qualitative Inquiry I*3 Credits
EDUC-Y 613Critical Qualitative Inquiry II*3 Credits
EDUC-Y 624Discursive Psychology Approaches to Discourse Analysis3 Credits
EDUC-Y 630Narrative Theory and Inquiry3 Credits
EDUC-Y 631Discourse Theory and Analysis3 Credits
EDUC-Y 633Feminist Theory and Methodology3 Credits
EDUC-Y 650Topics in Inquiry Methodology3 Credits
EDUC-Y 671Knowledge, Reflection, and Critique in Methodological Theory3 Credits
EDUC-Y 672Communicative Action Theory3 Credits
EDUC-Y 673Discursive Psychology as Theory3 Credits

*Must be taken concurrently with EDUC-Y 500. 

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $480.93
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1442.79

Additional fees will apply.

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $576.45
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1729.35
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