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Demand Increases for Trained Institutional Research Professionals

Institutional researchers provide quantitative and qualitative information and analysis services that support academic planning, decision making, accreditation, and assessment for academic institutions, while also maintaining reporting requirements for external agencies and organizations.

If you are a higher education professional who wants to enter this field, Penn State’s online Graduate Certificate in Institutional Research can help you develop the skills you need to support institutional planning and policy formation and methodologies and research practices.

Institutional Research at Penn State

The Penn State Higher Education program has partnered with World Campus to offer you an entirely online and accredited Graduate Certificate in Institutional Research. The curriculum includes topics such as research design, assessment and evaluation, and the integration of strategic planning with institutional finance.

Act 48 Approved

Penn State is an Act 48–approved provider for Pennsylvania educators, so the courses for the Graduate Certificate in Institutional Research may count toward professional development hours.

Who Should Apply?

Enrolling in this program can greatly benefit you if you are an in-career professional, institutional researcher, or graduate student or are employed in a related field.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Many career paths exist for trained institutional research professionals. In addition to working for an academic institution, you can follow a career path in finance, accrediting associations, state governments in the department of education, or private consulting firms that provide research assistance to institutions that lack institutional research offices.