Applied Social Research Micro-Credential

This graduate-level micro-credential will allow you to signal to future employers that you have advanced training in the study of Applied Social Research, and will allow you to showcase your skills with research design, data collection, and data analysis. This program is open to graduate students in any department who would like to learn more about applied social science research methods.

What is a Micro-Credential?

Smaller than a minor, a certificate, or a degree program, micro-credentials allow you to meet your personalized learning needs by gaining knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your academic or professional goals. Micro-credentials equip you with digital badges that showcase your achievements and all it took to get there.

Who is eligible for the Applied Social Research program?

This program is open to any graduate student who would like to learn more about applied social research. Sociology MA and PhD students might consider enrolling in this program to gain expertise in this area. Students from other departments may find that this program adds value to their degree program. Non-degree students, looking for a credential, but not yet ready to pursue a graduate degree, may be interested as well.

What skills will I obtain?

Applied social research methods are applicable to nearly every field. You will learn how to design clear, concise, ethical, and thorough research studies; develop skills to collect and analyze data; effectively communicate research ideas, methodological approaches, and findings in oral and written formats; understand the strengths and weaknesses of different research methods and will be able to apply appropriate methods to different research questions; and interpret, apply, and perform basic statistical techniques in order to test hypotheses. Students can tailor their learning to specific methods or approaches through workshops in the Summer Research Institute.

How long will it take to complete this program?

Approximately two semesters plus one summer if you take the three Summer Research Workshops in one summer. The program can be completed more slowly if you take fewer summer workshops at once.

What will I earn when I complete this program?

You will earn a notation on your academic transcript as well as a digital badge that you may use on your digital resume or social media sites.

Program Requirements

  • Students must earn a B or better in the following courses:
    • SOC 504, Introductory Statistics for Social Sciences
    • SOC 606, Social Research Methods
  • You must successfully complete any three workshops in the Summer Research Institute (see website for more details);
  • And you must submit for evaluation a 4-5 page essay in response to a prompt that ties the workshops and courses together. The essay must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies within two months of completing all courses and workshops.

How to Apply

Please complete and submit the following application form:

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List title and year completed.

More Information

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For more information specifically about the Applied Social Research Micro-Credential, contact Susie Sheron, graduate program coordinator in the Department of Sociology.