Graduate Certificate in Applied Educational Research Methods

Priority Deadlines:

  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1


  • Pullman

International Student English Proficiency Exams

International students may need to surpass the Graduate School’s minimum English language proficiency exam scores for this program. If the graduate program has unique score requirements, they will be detailed below. Otherwise, please refer to the Graduate School’s minimum score guidelines.

Degree Description:

There’s a growing need among social science professionals to have sufficient methodological skills to produce, analyze, synthesize, report, and consume information so that decisions can be made using an evidence-based approach.That’s why this certificate was created.In addition, considering the complex nature of contemporary societal problems, the certificate seeks to fill a broader need in our university to train and support graduate students to use different methods to approach complex problems. The certificate will provide the relevant coursework, as well as application of that coursework, through the completion of 15 credit hours, including an applied project through an internship. The certificate consists of some courses that most graduate students in the College of Education typically enroll in to meet their master’s or doctoral degree requirements. Hence, we hope graduate students see the value in completing few a more credits in methodology to obtain the certificate.

Admission Requirements:

The certificate is open to students in any WSU graduate program. Students not in degree programs may also earn the certificate by applying and enrolling as non-degree/non-matriculated student. This is a Pullman campus only program.

Students are required to maintain the minimum GPA requirement of at least 3.0 while enrolled in the certificate program. To qualify for the graduate certificate a prospective student must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary institution and meet all prerequisite requirements or demonstrate equivalent knowledge before enrolling in any courses which require these. 

NOTE: This certificate program does not accept State of Washington Employee tuition waiver.

For non-current WSU students, please complete the following application steps:

01. WSU Graduate School general application requirements (including application fee) through GradCAS. Once in GradCAS search for  Washington State University – Graduate Certificate in Applied Educational Research Methods.

02. Current resume or vitae. Current resume documenting previous educational, work, volunteer, or research experiences that is relevant to the degree program to which you are applying.

03. Letter of Intent. Written statement of your professional objectives and how you believe they will be promoted by admission to the respective WSU program. (Do not exceed two typed single-spaced pages)

04. Complete Educational History and Transcripts from any colleges/universities:

  • Where any degrees have been granted or are expected.
  • That show any graded bachelor’s work and/or graduate-level work (including doctoral) taken after the bachelor’s degree.
  • Unofficial copies may be uploaded with your Graduate School application for application review. If admitted, you will be required to submit official copies to the WSU Graduate School.
  • Official WSU Transcripts are NOT required for coursework taken at WSU.

05. International Students must meet the university’s English proficiency and funding requirements. Please view the current requirements.

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