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Certificate in Social Science Methods


What will I learn?

The Social Science Methods Certificate Program aims to expand the breadth and depth of methodological training available to UNLV graduate students in the social sciences. The Certificate Program provides advanced interdisciplinary 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 method and methodology in the social sciences. Students will gain expertise in the methods most relevant to their research, both in and outside their discipline. An interdisciplinary perspective is emphasized, allowing students the opportunity to make connections with and draw upon the methods and methodologies of other social science traditions. The Certificate Program offers a certification for UNLV graduate students who complete 15 credit hours of advanced graduate research methods courses in the social sciences, at least three credits of which are taken outside of their home department. The Certificate Program is housed in the College of Liberal Arts, but participation is open to graduate students in other UNLV colleges.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate an interdisciplinary understanding of social science research methods.
Students will develop research methods specialization in the methods most useful for their social science research topic.
Students will engage in high-level original research involving the use of social science research methods.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (15 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,050.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 August 2023

Start date

17 January 2023, 28 August 2023, 16 January 2024


College of Liberal Arts

4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.,



89154, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor’s Degree – You must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or an approved international equivalent. Grade Point Average – You must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (4.00=A) for your bachelor’s degree, or a minimum 3.00 (4.00=A) for the last two years (60 semester hours).

For international students

To be admitted to the program, students must:

Be admitted to a master's or doctoral program at UNLV for which social science research methods are an appropriate tool of inquiry.
Have earned at least a B+ in an approved research methods course.

English Proficiency Requirement: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Minimum score: 6.5; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Paper-based) Minimum score: 74; (Computer-based) Minimum score: 213; (Internet-based) Minimum score: 80. Michigan Test of English Language Placement (MTELP) - Minimum score: 85; Pearson Test of English (PTE)- Minimum score: 65.

The application deadline dates are May1 for fall semesters, and Oct. 1 for spring semesters.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Nevada

UNLV provides excellent teaching quality and the diverse modern methods it uses ensure students are at the cutting-edge of their chosen field.

  • Wide selection of study programs including unique options
  • Most diverse school in the U.S (2022 U.S. News & World Report)
  • Thriving campus life amongst the lively Las Vegas atmosphere
  • R1 top tier award from Carnegie for research-related learning

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