Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Graduate Certificate

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The graduate Certificate in Institutional Research and Effectiveness requires 15 s.h. of graduate credit and is offered with hybrid and conventional courses. Students must maintain a grade-point average of at least 2.50 in work for the certificate. They must earn at least a grade of C in each course required for the certificate. Courses must be taken on a graded basis.

The certificate program is open to students enrolled in University of Iowa graduate degree programs and to individuals who are enrolled in the Graduate College as nondegree students.

The certificate program develops skills in institutional research appropriate to the education sector, and for fields and professional settings that are associated with educational interventions, programs, and outcomes. The course sequence contributes to the development of the competencies necessary for performing well in the administrative area of institutional research: quantitative statistical skills, knowledge of a range of social science research design and methods, familiarity with complex data environments, and facility with reporting and presenting information to a range of internal and external audiences.

The Certificate in Institutional Research and Effectiveness requires the following coursework.

Course # Title Hours
All of these:
EPLS:5240Topics in Education (when topic is introduction to institutional research and effectiveness)3
EPLS:6370Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis3
PSQF:6243Intermediate Statistical Methods3
Two of these:
EPLS:6209Survey Research and Design3
EPLS:6266Program Evaluation3
EPLS:6352Applied Research in Educational Settings3

For more information, contact the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies.