• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    18
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $476.50
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $1169.70

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 UMSL campus collaborates with the UM campuses (MU and UMKC) in delivering this program.

The Post-Masters 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-Masters work into the program with the approval of the advisor.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Must have a BA or Master's degree
  2. 2.8 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools
NOTE: Individuals residing in MA or CA are not able to enroll in this program.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Courses

Core
  • HIGHERED 6440Issues in Institutional Research I3 Credits

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Provides a history and overview of institutional research in postsecondary education. Other areas of interest include student issues, student outcomes, higher education funding, productivity funding, and legal issues.

  • HIGHERED 6441 Issues in Institutional Research II3 Credits

    This course provides the study of key issues in institutional research, including faculty workload and salary, program assessment, fact books, peer institutions, national databases, and strategic planning.

  • HIGHERED 6900Internship3 Credits

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor. Closely supervised experience in a field setting under the direction of a graduate faculty member. An appropriate level of competence and evidence of growth in the professional role must be demonstrated by the intern. The internship will included planning, research, evaluation, and related professional activities.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $476.50
  • Fees: $90.90
  • Total: $567.40
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1429.50
  • Fees: $272.70
  • Total: $1702.20
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1169.70
  • Fees: $90.90
  • Total: $1260.60
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3509.10
  • Fees: $272.70
  • Total: $3781.80
Missouri Midwest Exchange Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $714.75
  • Fees: $90.90
  • Total: $805.65
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2144.25
  • Fees: $272.70
  • Total: $2416.95
Metro Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $476.50
  • Fees: $90.90
  • Total: $567.40
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1429.50
  • Fees: $272.70
  • Total: $1702.20
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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