Certificate Requirements

Admission Requirements:

    1. A Bachelor’s degree from a college or university that is accredited by its regional association.
    2. Two prerequisite courses, one in graduate level research methods (qualitative or quantitative) and one in graduate level statistics. Both prerequisites can be taken elsewhere, and in fact Humboldt State does not currently offer these courses online.
    3. An internship in an Institutional Research related office at a higher education institutional (e.g., college, university, or system-wide office). Applicants who do not currently work in an IR related office will receive assistance to find and establish an internship in their local area.
    4. A strong desire to work in Institutional Research or a closely related field. If you are unsure what IR is, please visit: www.airweb.org/EducationAndEvents/Publications/Pages/FunctionsofIR.aspx

Hardware/Software Requirements:

    1. You will need access to a computer and the Internet. Our course management system (Moodle) has a mobile friendly interface, and you can complete several tasks via a smart phone; however, you will have reading and writing assignments, which will be difficult to complete without a keyboard and full-size screen.
    2. You also will need word processing and presentation software (e.g., Microsoft Office or Google Apps).

Certificate Conferment Requirements:

The typical student will complete 18 credit hours, which includes the two prerequisite courses and the 12 credit hours earned from the above three courses. Students must successfully complete the following three courses with a grade of a “B” or better.

    1. Introduction to Institutional Research (4 units)
    2. Applied Research in Higher Education (4 units)
    3. Diversity Research in Institutional Research (4 units)