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Research Post-Master's Certificate

School of Education

Build Solutions for Your School and Career

It takes special insight to solve problems in education. You can learn to be an effective problem solver in all areas of education with Capella's online Post-Master's Certificate in Research. In this certificate program, you’ll be exposed to quantitative and qualitative methodologies, current theories, and application strategies while strengthening your understanding of this vital area within education. 

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 7 Core Courses

Classes Start December 3rd

What You’ll Learn

Find the Right Information

Focus on project development and research that’s grounded in quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Create Effective Assessments

Create empirically based solutions by using psychometrically appropriate assessments.

Know What Works

Gain a deeper understanding of all of the different models, approaches, and surveys used to advance education.  

Demonstrate a Range of Expertise

Develop expertise in basic qualitative design, case study, ethnography, grounded study, and phenomenology.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Professionally Based Curriculum

This coursework has been designed around nationally recognized professional organizations.

Work Toward an Advanced Degree

This program offers quality, stand-alone learning experiences, which can be used toward the partial completion of a PhD in Education.

Cost & Learning Format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$20,440 estimated tuition*
$730 per credit, 28 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 


Grants are federal education funds that never need to be paid back. 

Federal Work Study

This program provides part-time jobs to reduce your loan debt amounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

The Post-Master’s Certificate in Research curriculum focuses on a variety of qualitative designs. Plus, you’ll learn basic qualitative design, case study, ethnography, grounded study, phenomenology, and more.  

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
ED8121 Tests and Measurement for Educational Research
ED8123 Statistics for Educational Research
ED8132 Educational Quantitative Research

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


From enrollment to graduation, coaches help you stay on track. They know your program, answer questions, and cheer you on.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Writing Support

These skilled communicators offer free tutoring services and multiple resources to sharpen your writing skills.

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