As quantitative methods have advanced and become integral to the research process in social and behavioral sciences, knowledge of these techniques is critical for producing and consuming modern research. The objective of the Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Methods for the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GC-QMSBS) is to train individuals in the interpretation, application, and design of advanced statistical methods and their applications in behavioral and social sciences. This is necessary as, unlike the biological and medical sciences, the statistical methods utilized by the social sciences are based on a unique set of assumptions and challenges that arise from behavioral data.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- differentiate between the various statistical procedures that are commonly found in top tier journals and apply those to their specific field of study,
- describe the assumptions associated with these procedures and the steps that must be taken to ensure that they are not violated,
- evaluate the statistical procedures used in the research of others and evaluate both the appropriateness and impact on the presented conclusions,
- and clearly present and communicate the results from their own statistical analyses to colleagues and employers.
For most individuals, the acquisition of advanced statistical skills has a direct impact on their overall employability. The completion of the certificate provides students with tangible evidence of these skills and will make them stronger job candidates post-graduation. Please click here for information on Gainful Employment.