This graduate microcertificate will provide you with the skills and knowledge to conduct and understand qualitative research. Qualitative inquiry helps researchers understand the behavior and perception of a specific group of people about a particular subject.  Qualitative data is collected through interviews, field observation, focus groups, and records research in a non-quantitative manner.

This interdisciplinary credential is administered by an advisory committee comprised of core faculty from the U of A Public Policy Ph.D. program and related interdisciplinary faculty across the U of A campus.


You Will Learn To

  • Conduct qualitative inquiries that reveal the thoughts, feelings, opinions and reasons behind emotions of a research group of participants.
  • Understand the perspectives, principles and methodologies guiding qualitative inquiries.
  • Develop and implement qualitative research projects.



Choose one course (3 credit hours) from each of the three qualitative research levels below.

Qualitative Level I

  • EDLE 65403 - Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • ESRM 65303 - Qualitative Research
  • SOCI 50803 - Applied Qualitative Research
  • CIED 53103 - Principles of Qualitative Research in Curriculum & Instruction

Qualitative Level II

  • PLSC 58203 - Qualitative Methods in Political Science
  • COMM 51703 - Qualitative Methods in Communication
  • COMM 51803 - Interpretive Research Methods in Communication
  • ADLL 64203 - Qualitative Reasoning in Adult and Lifelong Learning
  • CIED 66503 - Advanced Methods of Qualitative Research in Curriculum & Instruction

Advanced Qualitative Level III

  • ESRM 65403 - Advanced Qualitative Research
  • ADLL 64603 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning in Adult and Lifelong Learning
  • EDLE 65503 - Advanced Qualitative Methods in Educational Research

Admissions Requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Meet Graduate School admissions requirements



Tuition / credit hour $437.54
Fee / credit hour
Library $4.41
Network & Data Systems $12.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2023 rates for students studying completely online. Students in online programs who take an on-campus course will pay on-campus fees, mandatory and college fees, for only the on-campus course.

Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid.


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