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Data is becoming increasingly critical at a community college and university level. Leaders of academic institutions want to see greater data from enrollment numbers, student retention, graduation rates, and program details. 

UC San Diego Extension's online specialized certificate in Institutional Research trains professionals and individuals to learn the fundamental skills to analyze data, conduct routine monitoring, and ultimately conduct institutional research. The certificate offers an overview of the field of institutional research, teaching students to utilize quantitative and qualitative methodologies to create research instruments and evaluate university outcomes.

Instructors and students will link scholarship to practice through case studies, problem-solving exercises, and research projects. Students will have the opportunity to participate in internships and gain real-world experience in each course. This program is ideal for post-baccalaureate students and career professionals new to the discipline of institutional research. 

Note: Students must go through the program as a cohort. New cohorts will begin in Fall and Winter. Candidates take one course per quarter for three quarters. Each cohort will have a maximum of 15 students. Tuition is $975 per course.

Program Highlights
• Can be completed in one year
• Small cohort size with no more than 15 students
• Real-world internships incorporated into each class
• Courses delivered asynchronously online

Required Prerequisite
Institutional researchers come from a variety of fields, and to accommodate the diversity of educational backgrounds we require students take the following two courses in any field:
• Research Methods
• Statistics

There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program

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