Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Social Science Research Methods


The Department of Social Sciences and Historical Studies 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.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Identify and use quantitative and qualitative research methods for social research.
  2. Select appropriate statistical techniques to answer basic research questions, perform basic statistical analysis using computer software, and interpret results.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

The academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

18 semester credit hours (SCH). 

All coursework to be completed with an average of B or higher.

Required Courses
SOCI 5313Research Methods and Design3
SOCI 6363Intermediate Social Statistics3
SOCI 6373Quantitative Methods and Design3
Select 9 SCH from the following with the approval of the Program Lead or Graduate Advisor of the Sociology Program.9
Strategic Planning in Healthcare
Research Methods for Managerial Decision Making
Research Methods in Family Sciences
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods In Family Sciences
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods In Family Sciences
Data Collection and Analysis
Health Promotion Research Methods
Research Methods
Qualitative Research Methods and Program Evaluation
Qualitative Research
Advanced Qualitative Research: Design and Analysis
Statistical Methods in Sociology
Seminar on Research Methods
Qualitative Research in Sociology
Advanced Statistical Methods
Qualitative Research Methods
Other courses may be selected as electives with the approval of the Program Lead or Graduate Advisor of the Sociology Program and may be repeated when topics vary.
Total SCHs18