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Social Research Graduate Certificate

The Certificate in Social Research familiarizes students with the choices they can make in designing social science research and to help them select the research tools that are right for the types of questions they are asking. The four-course program provides knowledge of current research designs, methods, and practices; quantitative and statistical skills; and the logic of inquiry.

A number of Sociology MA students may wish to obtain the certificate as part of their degree program. The certificate is also useful for students in fields ranging from the social and behavioral sciences to communication and education.

Course Requirements

Core Courses

Two core courses are required:

Course Title Quarter Hours
Statistics or quantitative analysis. Select one of the following:4
SOC 402
STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
SOC 412
DATA ANALYSIS
SOC 450
ADVANCED STATISTICS I 1
SOC 411SOCIAL RESEARCH 24

Elective Courses 

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select two of the following:8
SOC 412
DATA ANALYSIS
SOC 413
QUALITATIVE METHODS
SOC 417
ETHNOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARY FILM PRODUCTION
SOC 422
URBAN AND COMMUNITY ANALYSIS
SOC 423
RESEARCH ON URBAN CULTURES
SOC 493
VISUAL SOCIOLOGY

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Non-degree seeking students and Students enrolled in other DePaul graduate degree programs

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Complete a DePaul University College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences graduate admission online application and submit the following:

  • Official transcripts from all previous college course work. A bachelor's degree (from a regionally accredited institution), or equivalent, is required
  • Personal statement reflecting course work and/or experience in sociology and related fields, future goals, and why this program is right for you
  • Scores on the GRE general test, though not required, may be submitted to strengthen an application