Applied Social Research, Graduate Certificate

Applied Social Research

Acquire specialized knowledge and training in applied social research methods

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Applied Social Research, Graduate Certificate

The Applied Social Research certificate offers students the opportunity to acquire specialized knowledge and training in applied social research methods without necessarily pursuing a graduate degree. Students may pursue the certificate simultaneously while completing an advanced degree. Completion of the program will enable students to (1) obtain marketable job/career skills in applied social research with expertise in qualitative analysis and writing, quantitative methods, data analysis software packages, and program evaluation methods; and 2) apply ethically and socially informed judgment to social research by using sociological concepts to effectively inform academic audiences, policy makers, community planners, and organizational units.

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MTSU students on the academic track receive the research and theoretical training necessary to become successful doctoral students and have a high rate of acceptance at various doctoral programs. Students on the applied track have graduated to direct state agencies and multi-million dollar federal programs; serve as federal, state, and local investigators, researchers, and consultants; and coordinate or participate in a variety of university, non-profit, and social service programs. Potential professions, some of which may require additional training, include
  • Attorney
  • College professor/high school teacher
  • Community developer
  • Consultant
  • Counselor
  • Criminologist
  • Demographer
  • Director of research
  • Gerontologist
  • Human resource manager
  • Policy analyst
  • Program director in social service agency
  • Program manager
  • Research analyst
  • Sociologist
  • Statistician
  • Survey researcher
  • Therapist
  • Urban planner
Employers of MTSU alumni include
  • Centerstone Behavioral Health Services
  • Early Connections Network, Tennessee Voices for Children
  • Edvantia Educational Research
  • Forensic Institute for Research & Education
  • Nashville Metro Transit Authority
  • National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago
  • Populations Study Center, University of Michigan
  • Tennessee Housing Development Agency
  • US Department of Labor
Among universities admitting graduates for advanced degrees or hiring to fill positions are
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Georgia State University
  • Florida State University
  • Jacksonville State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Florida
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Southern Illinois
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Texas
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Vanderbilt University





Certificate Requirements

Once admitted to the program, candidate must

  1. complete 15 hours of graduate-level credit hours beyond the baccalaureate;
  2. maintain an overall GPA of 3.0;
  3. not earn more than three credit hours of C in the certificate program curriculum.


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