Institutional Research Certificate

Acquire the skills needed to help organizations gather and use data to improve quality and understand impact.
Degree Type Certificate
Careers & Salaries Certificate Outcomes
Delivery Online

This certificate is being suspended. New students may enroll in this certificate through Summer 2021. Students currently enrolled in certificate courses or modules will have until the end of the Spring 2022 term to finish the remaining requirements for completion of this certificate.

UW-Stout's Certificate in Institutional Research offers you online course flexibility to start or advance your career as a Director/Associate Director of Institutional Research, Research Analyst, Assessment Coordinator, Data Analyst, Research Associate, and many other positions in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.The Association for Institutional Research maintains a current listing of positions relevant to the knowledge and skills developed through this certificate program. 

Our comprehensive program will provide you with a foundation in: 

  • Enrollment management
  • Assessment
  • Accountability
  • Data management and strategic planning

Competencies in:

  • Ethical considerations
  • Project management
  • Communication
  • Data collection and analysis

The Institutional Research Capstone Practicum course provides real-world experience.

Set your own pace and gain valuable expertise in research methods and processes relevant to multiple audiences including higher education professionals, non-profit and healthcare administrators, public policy makers, and stakeholders. The online certificate courses are offered concurrently and can be taken in any order. Credits earned can be applied toward UW-Stout's Master of Science in Applied Psychology.


Certificate Requirements

The certificate is an alternative credential for individuals seeking to obtain new knowledge and skills.
Required Courses

Student Testimonial

 "The course (720) was initially incredibly challenging to me, but as soon as I was able to recognize and appreciate the nuanced similarities between my current profession and civilian evaluation studies it became so much "easier" to traverse through. I firmly believe that this courses content delivery system (modules w/ flexible due dates) is a significant advantage, and I have recommended that this course be taken to many of my colleagues who work within both the military and the public school system.” 

- Stephen Buhrmann

Tuition & Fees

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • $647 per graduate credit — nominal fee for supplementary resources.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

Value for Your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.