Feb 04, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Graduate Certificate in Social Science Methods

Plan Description

The Social Science Methods Certificate Program provides students with an expanded breadth of methodological training for graduate students in relevant disciplines. This program encompasses the full range of empirical social science methods and is interdisciplinary by design. Students will gain a broad understanding of the role and forms of methodology in the social sciences. Students will gain expertise in the methods most relevant to their research question. This expertise will be demonstrated in the original research and colloquia presentations they produce.

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Plan Admission Requirements

Application deadlines

Applications available on the UNLV Graduate College website.

To be admitted to the program, students must:

  1. Be admitted to a master’s or doctoral program at UNLV for which social science research methods are an appropriate tool of inquiry.
  2. Have earned at least a B+ in an approved research methods course.
  3. Submit a completed application and the required application fee.

As part of the application process, contact the Certificate program coordinator and the home department’s graduate coordinator to have a plan of study approved.


All applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements.

Students are accepted into a certificate program as described in the Graduate Catalog. The faculty and corresponding sub-disciplines and sub-plans within the described programs are subject to change at any time.

Plan Requirements

Total Credits Required: 15

Certificate Requirements

  1. A completion of a minimum of 15 credits of social science methods courses.
  2. Credits that are used to fulfill requirements of another UNLV certificate program cannot count towards the requirements of the Social Science Methods Certificate.
  3. The grade point average for all courses counted toward the degree is at least 3.00.
  4. No grades lower than a B- are counted toward the certificate requirements.
  5. Any changes to the plan of study requires prior approval of the Certificate Coordinator

Plan Certificate Completion Requirements

The student must present original research in the Colloquium Series.

Students may apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing their degree requirements. All required forms must be submitted to the graduate college via the Grad Rebel Gateway.