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Program Structure

The Certificate Program is structured to encourage both discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary learning about interpretive and qualitative research. In addition, the Program is structured to afford participants as much flexibility as possible both to pursue their individual learning objectives and to integrate Certificate course-work into their academic schedule.

The Certificate Program consists of a course of study organized into a total of 12 credits. The credits are distributed as follows:

  • Introduction to Interpretive and/or Qualitative Research-- 3 credits. This course is taken in the participant’s home or related discipline either at Duquesne or another university.
  • Elective(s) in Interpretive and/or Qualitative Research-- 6 credits. These credits may be earned either in the participant’s home discipline or in another discipline; either at Duquesne or other accredited institution. Both courses must be at the intermediate or advanced level. We strongly recommend that students take one of their electives outside of their own program or discipline.

Certificate participants who want to fulfill the elective credit requirement by registering for a course not included on this list or by completing experience(s) in an alternative format should consult with the CIQR Certificate Coordinator for approval.

A more detailed description of the elective option is provided in Appendix C. A list of research-oriented courses offered at Duquesne is provided in Appendix D.

  • Pro-seminar-- 3 credits. These credits are meant to provide participants with an interdisciplinary structure for pursuing a substantive, culminating project. Completion of the first 9 credits of the Certificate Program is prerequisite to registering for these final three credits. In addition, a prerequisite is participation in all CIQR events for at least one term prior to registration in the pro-seminar.

Throughout their course work in the certificate program and during their participation in CIQR events, students prepare a portfolio where they engage in an assessment of their current understanding of interpretive and qualitative methods and a clarification of learning goals and objectives. Students discuss and complete their portfolios during the pro-seminar (see appendix B for more details).

Options for earning final credit include, but are not limited to one of the following:

  • a presentation for CIQR and/or other professional conference;
  • preparation of a manuscript for publication;
  • preparation of a research proposal (e.g., draft of a dissertation proposal);
  • completion of a mini-study.

A more detailed description of the Pro-seminar is provided in Appendix s provided in Appendix E.