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Institutional Research Certificate

Institutional Research Certificate

Information for those interested in the field of institutional research and the IR Certificate program at the Penn State College of Education.

IR Certificate


With support from AIR and NCES, the Higher Education Program at Penn State offers course work leading to a Graduate Certificate in Institutional Research. The 18-credit program, designed to provide students with the skills that support institutional planning and policy formation, has been created for:

  • in-career professionals, graduate students, institutional researchers, and
  • persons employed in related fields.

The courses that make up the certificate can be either taken exclusively online, or students may choose to enroll in some of the courses that are offered by traditional means at the Penn State University Park campus. The program provides considerable flexibility in the choice of courses as well as in the time taken to complete the certificate program. In addition, individual online courses will be open to those seeking to upgrade their skills without wishing to complete the certificate.

In addition to offering three-credit instructional experiences delivered online by Penn State, as well as traditional classroom instruction, the Higher Education Program will award some certificate credits for participation in AIR Summer Institutes as well as the AIR, NSF, and NCES Summer Data Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Advisement will be provided via distance by program faculty based upon a program profile completed by the student.

For registration and billing payment information about IR courses at Penn State see Registration Process.