Qualitative Methodology, AC

Advanced Certificate in Qualitative Methodology | Students gathered around a table; research, data, search, analysis.

If you are a UB doctoral student (UB master's students may seek permission to enroll) looking for advanced training in qualitative methods or looking to apply research skills to address specific institutional problems, this advanced certificate is for you. Our advanced certificate in qualitative methodology provides you with an advanced specialization in qualitative methodology within the social and human sciences — responding to the increased demand for research informed by qualitative methods across multiple institutional and organizational settings.

Open to UB Graduate Students

This program is only available for current University at Buffalo graduate students.

New Program for Fall 2018

This program has been approved to enroll new students for the fall 2018 semester. The application will be available in the coming weeks.

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Why Qualitative Methodology at UB?

Through our certificate, you will gain skills in:

  • collecting, analyzing and reporting data
  • using a variety of methodologies, including case study research, ethnography, discourse analysis and related qualitative strategies

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Advanced Certificate (AC)
Credits required for completion 12
Time to completion 2 to 4 semesters
Course delivery On campus

Qualitative research within institutional and organizational settings, including:

  • federal and private granting agencies
  • government agencies
  • non-profit organizations
  • schools and universities
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall: April 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling

Program Coursework

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • One introductory course (e.g., ELP 593 Qualitative Research Methods Part I, LAI 669 Qualitative Techniques for Education)
  • One advanced course (e.g., ELP 594 Qualitative Research Methods Part II, LAI 626 Advanced Qualitative Research Field Methods)

Elective Courses (6 credits) (choose two)

You have the option to take one elective course outside of GSE.

Courses Within GSE Departments

  • ELP 621 Action Research
  • ELP 690 Digital Tools for Qualitative Research
  • ELP 692 Case Study Research
  • LAI 625 Discourse Analysis Research
  • LAI 626 Advanced Qualitative Research Field Methods
  • LAI 669 Qualitative Techniques for Education
  • LAI 670 Methods of Child Study
  • LAI 683 Emergent Methods in New Literacies
  • LAI 687 Narrative Research and Method

Courses Within Other UB Departments

  • Anthropology 515/410 Ethnography
  • Anthropology 575 Cultural Anthropology: Ethnography & Personal Narrative
  • Anthropology 575 New Ethnographies
  • History 500 Doing History: History Methods and Research
  • Nursing 697 Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Sociology 556 Sociological Fieldwork
  • Urban and Regional Planning 561 Qualitative Methods for Planning (Intro)

Application Requirements

You must have a bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) in any discipline from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (with some possible exceptions). 

Submit your completed online application (UBIT login required), which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Statement of education and career goals

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admission Decision: The admission decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 79 for the Internet based test
    • IELTS minimum score is 6.5 overall
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

Are you an international student and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you are currently unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

The TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition is a safe and convenient option for students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT test at a test center due to public health concerns.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.