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Certificate in Mixed Methods Research Online

Graduate Certificate Code:  CTMMRG
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Program Overview

The Online Certificate in Mixed Methods Research is designed to prepare students to become effective users who can utilize mixed methods in practice.  Mixed methods systematically integrate quantitative and qualitative approaches to research in order to answer research questions and provide opportunities for the inclusion of a variety of theoretical perspectives. 

There is a growing demand for working professionals in academia and industry who can rigorously integrate qualitative and quantitative research methods and data to address complex issues. This methodology is applicable to any field requiring research into human behavior. The approach is gaining popularity across all fields of study, including health and social sciences, business, liberal arts, and education.

Since mixed methods emerged in the 1980s, the value of using them to solve real-world problems has been well recognized, and scholars across countries and disciplines have widely adopted this methodology, including health science, sociology, psychology, nursing, education, management, etc.  In addition to the researchers in diverse disciplines, the number of graduate students who have conducted mixed-methods theses and dissertations has also dramatically spawned in the past decades. 

This online certificate is available to non-degree seeking students, typically working professionals and graduate students who wish to expand their knowledge and expertise in mixed methods. This certificate requires 9 credit hours, including two 4-credit hour courses and one 1-credit hour practicum for a mixed methods research project.  Students can complete this certificate in as little as one year.

Students should complete this certificate by sequentially taking EDRE 7700 and EDRE 7710.  Students can take EDRE 6920 simultaneously with EDRE 7710 after completion of EDRE 7700.

Course ID Description Credit Hours
EDRE 7700 Introduction to Mixed Methods 4
EDRE 7710 Advanced Mixed Methods 4
EDRE 6920 Special Projects 1

Benefits

We offer the certificate in a 100% online format to optimize flexibility and convenience for students from a broad geographic area, including flexible synchronous office hours with instructors and asynchronous lectures.

Through completion of this certificate, students can gain applied knowledge of how to design, conduct, and evaluate mixed methods research, how to use mixed methods to inform a meaningful intervention, and how to write a mixed-methods grant proposal.  This certificate prepares professionals with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to work independently and collaboratively in mixed methods research community. 

Career Opportunities

Certificate holders can pursue opportunities in government, higher education, and industry job markets. For example, a recent search for "mixed methods" on LinkedIn returned 1,623 results from companies such as Meta, TikTok, Amazon, Apple, IBM, and Microsoft, as well as higher education institutions. Posted job titles included "Mixed Methods Leader," "Lead Usability Researcher (Mixed-Methods)," and “UX Researcher – Mixed Method.”  Most of these positions require an undergraduate degree and specify the requirement of mixed methods research experience.  Our certificate is a perfect fit for researchers who hold undergraduate degrees and desire to gain knowledge and expertise in mixed methods without the need to seek a graduate degree. 

You can present your mixed methods projects at the academic conferences held by Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA) and American Educational Research Association (AERA) – Mixed Methods Research SIG.  You can publish your mixed methods research papers in methodological journals such as the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, and other journals in your specific disciplines.

Admission Information

Students need to have essential research experience in qualitative and quantitative methods to apply for the Certificate in Mixed Methods Research because this certificate program will not cover the topics of qualitative or quantitative research but focuses solely on how to design and implement effective integration of qualitative and quantitative methods and data. The evidence could be a transcript of research courses that cover the topics of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and research projects that used qualitative and/or quantitative methods. You also may wish to support your application by supplying recommendation letters that support your expertise in qualitative and quantitative research.

No GRE is required. Applicants should submit an online non-degree application, official undergraduate transcripts, and proof of English proficiency (required for those who are not native English speakers) to the Graduate College at Ohio University.

The deadline to apply for Fall 2022 is July 15.  Ohio University employees who wish to complete the program have missed the fall deadline for admission but can apply to begin in Spring 2023. 

 

 

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Contact Information

Dr. Yuchun Zhou
Associate Professor
Program Coordinator
Patton Hall 302G
740.597.3370
zhouy@ohio.edu