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About the Institutional Research Program

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

Admission to the program is required for enrollment in the Institutional Research courses.

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

All candidates who wish to receive the Institutional Research Certificate are required to:

  1. Apply to the Institutional Research certificate program.
  2. Pay the certificate fee.
  3. Complete all the required online courses with a grade of "C" or better.
  4. Coursework must be completed within 5 years of beginning the program.
Institutional Research


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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid

Introduction to Institutional ResearchBUSA-40942

Units: 6.00


This course will give an overview of the field of institutional research, planning and assessment. It will introduce students to the concepts utilized in institutional research and the types of data a...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter

Applied Research in Higher EducationBUSA-40943

Units: 6.00


This course is designed to familiarize students with the research procedures and methods necessary for performing Institutional Research studies. Students will be able to utilize both quantitative and...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Spring

Diversity Research in Institutional ResearchBUSA-40944

Units: 6.00


This course is designed to familiarize students with the research procedures necessary to collect and analyze primary data in Institutional Research. Students will be able to utilize quantitative and ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Spring, Summer

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Advisory Board

Galina Belokurova

Senior Analyst

UC San Diego Institutional Research

Cathy Hasson

Former Director of Institutional Research and Planning

San Diego Community College District

Jacqueline Honda


San Diego Miramar College

Christine Hurley


UC San Diego Institutional Research

Marlene Lowe

Director of Assessment & Evaluation

UC San Diego Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affair

Ying Xiong

Academic Assessment Director

UC San Diego Teaching + Learning Commons

Aeron Zentner

Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Grants

Coastline Community College

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.