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Graduate Certificate in Social Research

Admission to the Program

Open to students with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution. The College of Arts and Sciences uses a rolling admission process and applications are accepted at all times for the certificate. Apply online or visit the Graduate Admissions website for additional information.

Certificate Requirements

  • 12 credit hours of approved coursework with at least 6 credit hours at the 600-level or above, with grades of C or better Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit.

Course Requirements (12 credit hours)

  • SOCY-621 Quantitative Analysis (3)
  • SOCY-623 Qualitative Research (3)
  • 6 credit hours from graduate-level coursework relevant to social research selected in consultation with the graduate director. Courses outside the Department of Sociology may substituted with the approval of the graduate director.


For questions about the certificate, contact Salvador Vidal-Ortiz at vidalort@american.edu or 202-885-2443.