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Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research in Education (GCQRE)

Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research in Education

Only students who have been admitted at the graduate level at the University of Memphis are eligible to apply. Graduate students in good standing will be admitted to the certificate program on the recommendation of the student’s advisor and a review of the application materials by the EDPR qualitative research faculty. See application process below.

Successful applicants must

  1. have a minimum GPA of 3.0; 
  2. complete all Certificate Program course requirements with a B or above average;
  3. have a qualitative methodologist sit on their dissertation committee;
  4. complete the Application for Admission Form; and
  5. complete the Certificate in Qualitative Research Completion Form.


Submit all application materials to:

Ashley Holloway
100 Ball Hall
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152

Students who are not making satisfactory progress will be subject to removal from the program following faculty review.


Certificate Course Requirements

The certificate requires 12 semester hours of credit. Below are the required and elective qualitative courses available to students:

Required core courses (9 credits):

EDPR 7/8561: Introduction to Qualitative Research in Education
  Offered Fall and Spring semesters
EDPR 7/8562: Designing Qualitative Research
  Offered every Spring semester
EDPR 7/8565: Qualitative Methods and Analysis
  Offered every Fall semester

Example Electives (3 credits unless otherwise noted):

EDPR 7/8563: Applied Qualitative Theories and Methodologies
EDPR 7/8566: Writing Up Qualitative Research (Week-long Spring/Summer Retreat)
EDPR 8008: Directed Readings in Qualitative Research
EDPR 8081: Supervised Research in Qualitative Inquiry
ANTH 7/8075: Methods in Anthropology (4 credits)
ANTH 7/8076: Anthropological Data Analysis (4 credits)
SOCI 7/8320: Seminar in Methods of Social Research
SOCI 7/8325: Seminar in Qualitative Research Methods
COMM 7/8332: Seminar in Communication Research: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
COMM 7/8434: Qualitative Research Methods
PSYC 7/8312: Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology

Because qualitative methods vary across academic disciplines, the way in which the credit hours are package may vary. The qualitative coordinators will assist students in developing a program that meets the needs and interests of the individual student while also complying with the certificate requirements.

We recognize that many courses across campus can enrich our elective selection. However, we cannot list all current and future potential electives. If a student feels that a course outside of EDPR is appropriate as an elective, the student can complete the Petition for Elective form to be reviewed and approved by the qualitative coordinators.

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