Qualitative Research in Education

A Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research in Education is available from the College of Education to eligible students enrolled in a doctoral program at Georgia State University. To earn the certificate, students must complete a minimum of seven 3-credit-hour doctoral-level qualitative research methods courses with a collective GPA of 3.5 or higher in those courses, with no grade lower than a B in any course to be counted toward the certificate.

Four of the seven courses must be the following:

  • EPRS 8500 Qualitative/Interpretive Research in Education I (3)
  • EPRS 8510 Qualitative Research in Education II (3)
  • EPRS 8520 Qualitative Research in Education III (3)
  • EPSF 9260 Epistemology and Learning

The remaining three courses must be doctoral-level qualitative method courses, bearing a call number of 8000 or higher, from the approved list of certificate courses. The list is updated yearly and available in the Department of Educational Policy Studies. A current list of these courses is provided below:

  • EPRS 8640 Case Study Methods (3)
  • EPRS 8700 Visual Research Methods (3)
  • EPRS 9120 Poststructural Inquiry (3)
  • EPRS 9400 Writing Qualitative Research Manuscripts (3)
  • EPSF 9280 Interpretive Inquiry in Education (3)
  • ANTH 8010 Qualitative Methods in Anthropology (3)
  • EPSF 9850 Historical Research in Twentieth Century American Education (3)
  • EPSF 9930 Philosophical Analysis and Method (3)
  • SOCI 8342 Qualitative Methods in Sociology (3)
  • COMM 8160 Style and Narrative Analysis (3)
  • COMM8410 Qualitative Methods (3)

In addition, students must successfully defend a qualitative or multi-methods research dissertation. Although a faculty member from the Research, Measurement and Statistics (RMS) program of the Department of Educational Policy Studies need not be on the student’s dissertation committee, the prospectus for the dissertation must be endorsed by an appropriate member of the RMS faculty, as determined by the RMS Coordinator.


In order to be eligible to earn the certificate, students must:

  • be enrolled in a doctoral program at Georgia State University
  • have completed at least three courses from the College of Education Doctoral Research Core, with a collective GPA in those courses of 3.5 or higher
  • submit the proper form to the Department of Educational Policy Studies officially indicating an intention to work toward earning the certificate (the form is available from the Department of Educational Policy Studies or from the Office of Academic Assistance)

Applicants may obtain more information about the Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research in Education by contacting the department at 404-413-8030.  To apply, please download the Declaration of Intent Form.

Normal Time to Complete Program

One additional semester with 3 courses is estimated to be additional coursework which would be included within the doctoral program time-frame because it is likely that at least 4 courses meet both the certificate and doctoral requirements.  The certificate program requires 7 courses.  Courses beyond the three courses in the doctoral core which meet the certificate requirements may be included in the doctoral program of study for the student based on each student’s individualized program.  Typically, at least one course meeting certificate requirements beyond the three from the doctoral core would be included in the student’s doctoral program for the student’s doctoral degree.

On-Time Graduation Rates

On-time graduation rate is 100% based on the College of Education doctoral program time-frame.

Program Costs*
Graduate Tuition per credit hour:  In-State $336.00; Out-of-State $1,200.00
Mandatory Student Fees per term:  $1,064.00
Books and Supplies per term:  $500.00
Room and Board per term:  $6,742.00

*All figures are estimates only and subject to change without notice.


The Qualitative Research in Education Certificate aids in the preparation of students to be employed as:
Ethnology Professors (SOC 25-1062)
Ethnologists (SOC 19-3099)
Historians (SOC 19-3093)

You can find additional information on the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) and occupational profiles on these professions at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net web sites: http://www.bls.gov/soc/ and http://www.onetcenter.org/.

Other Certificate Information

There is no state or accrediting agency that requires tracking placement rates.  Students who receive a certificate also complete the doctoral program which is a higher credentialed program; thus, calculation of median loan debt for the certificate program is not required.