Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Social Science Research Methods

The Department of Sociology and Social Work offers a Certificate in Social Science Research Methods. This certificate will prepare students to work in applied and institutional research settings. The courses required for the Social Science Research Methods Certificate focus on the understanding and application of social science research methods commonly used in the public and private sectors. The graduate certificate is open to students enrolled in any graduate program at Texas Woman’s University as well as to qualified individuals seeking only the Social Science Research Methods Certificate.

Admission Requirements

Students already admitted to a graduate program at TWU should consult with the Chair or Graduate Advisor of their program to determine whether the coursework taken for the Social Science Research Methods Certificate will apply towards their degrees. Students seeking admission to a master or doctoral program, in addition to the certification, must meet the entrance requirements of their degree program.

Students entering TWU only for the Social Science Research Methods Certificate must meet the master’s-level entrance requirements for the Graduate School. For certificate-only students, the Department of Sociology and Social Work requires that students have completed three semester credit hours of undergraduate statistics for the social sciences and provide a Statement of Purpose (500-600 words) describing the reason the Social Science Research Methods Certificate is sought and its importance in relation to career goals. It is understood that the student’s major department will detail their specific expectations with regard to the statistical background of students who pursue this certificate.

Coursework Requirements

The Social Science Research Methods Certificate requires 18 semester credit hours of coursework to be completed with an average of B or better.

Sociology Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Social Science Research Methods Program of Study (18 semester credit hours)

Required Courses (9 SCH)
SOCI 5313Research Methods and Design3
SOCI 6363Intermediate Social Statistics3
SOCI 6373Quantitative Methods and Design3
Electives
Select 9 semester credit hours from the following with the approval of the Chair or Graduate Advisor of the Department of Sociology and Social Work.9
Research Methods in Family Sciences
Issues in Early Childhood Research and Evaluation
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods In Family Sciences
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods In Family Sciences
Strategic Planning in Healthcare
Research Methods for Managerial Decision Making
Data Collection and Analysis
Methods in Health Education Research
Research Methods
Qualitative Research Methods and Program Evaluation
Qualitative Research
Advanced Qualitative Research Design and Analysis
Seminar on Research Methods
Advanced Statistical Methods
Qualitative Research Methods
Other courses may be selected as electives with the approval of the Chair or Graduate Advisor of the Department of Sociology and Social Work and may be repeated when topics vary.
Total Semester Credit Hours18