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The Graduate Certificate Program in Institutional Research provides the formal training institutional researchers need in an era of increased federal and state reporting requirements, legal mandates, extensive use of “data mining,” and pressure for accountability. The number of Institutional Research Offices on campuses is expanding with even the smallest institution needing a trained academic as an institutional researcher. This program was designed with support from the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES). It meets the set of knowledge, skills, and abilities identified by AIR for institutional researchers. The UM-St. Louis campus collaborates with the UM campuses in Columbia and Kansas City and with the UM System Office in delivering this program.
This program is intended to be a post-Master’s degree program. It consists of an 1 8-hour program of study including courses in research methods, institutional research issues, higher education management, and a capstone course. The courses are delivered through a variety of methods. Students can engage in part-time or full-time study for the certificate. In addition to students from higher education, we encourage doctoral students from related areas in the social sciences to take all or part of the certificate.
The Post-Master’s Certificate in Institutional Research (CPIR) is for academics who want training in Institutional Research in preparation for working in an IR Office at a postsecondary institution, a government agency, or a private education organization. The program consists of 18 hours and may be taken as part of a doctoral program. Of the 18 hours, 12 are in the required core (6 hours are in research methods and 6 hours in IR seminars), plus a 3-hour Higher Education (HIGHERED) or an Educational Research (ED REM) elective and a 3-hour capstone. Students may transfer up to 5 hours of post-Master’s work into the program with the approval of the advisor.