Graduate Catalog 2020-2021 
    Sep 29, 2023  
Graduate Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Certificate in Data Analysis and Evaluation Methods

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The Graduate Certificate in Data Analysis and Evaluation Methods (GCDAEM) focuses on the design of research studies, measurement of variables, data analysis, and formulation of models. Includes instruction in experimental, quasi-experimental, and case study methods; historical research; participant observation; questionnaire design; sampling theory; and statistical methods.

Learning Outcomes

Certificate students will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of:

  • Develop data collection instruments and procedures appropriate for specific research projects
  • Show specific knowledge in at least one sphere of program evaluation
  • Be able to apply qualitative and quantitative research techniques


All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.

Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process .

International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students .

Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program of Study

The GCDAEM requires the completion of 15 semester hours of graduate credit.

One course in program evaluation:

One elective in your area of interest or expertise:

  • Education, planning, child development, nonprofit management, public administration, social or environmental policy, nursing, sociology, or criminology.


Students enrolled in the data analysis and evaluation methods program may use certificate courses toward the completion of MA degrees in Sociology or Criminology. Since both departments regularly teach these courses, no additional courses are required to support the certificate program. Both majors allow six credits outside of the department to count toward the major and an additional three with DGS approval. Also, students seeking the certificate in conjunction with other MA degree programs in the college of Social Sciences must consult their graduate advisors to ensure that they are on track to meet degree requirements.

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