2014/15 Program

Research Analyst

Our Program

The Research Analyst graduate certificate program consists of two academic semesters, followed by a twelve-week placement.

In the current knowledge economy and information age, the demand for social and market research has increased substantially as organizations have recognized the growing need for research on which key policy and strategic decisions are based.

The Research Analyst program focuses on the theoretical, practical and ethical underpinnings of research, while also equipping students with the statistical and technical skills necessary to do applied research in a variety of different settings throughout the public and private sectors.

The first two semesters of the program focus on all of the major aspects of the research process including research design, information retrieval and evaluation, data collection, analysis and interpretation and the preparation and presentation of the research findings.

Special features of the program include an emphasis on professional, ethical and legal implications when designing research studies, new research technologies for data collection, analysis, presentation, proposal writing, research entrepreneurship, project management and program evaluation. 

Your Career

Graduates of this program may find employment in areas such as: analysts, community and social development officers, consumer advisers, economic policy researchers, education policy researchers, health and social policy development officers, health policy researchers, housing policy analysts, marketing researchers, program officers, research consultants and social survey researchers.

Work Placement

Students complete a twelve-week placement beginning in May, which allows them to gain invaluable practical and professional experience.

Admission Requirements
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • A written statement of intent
  • If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy

Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.


The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is
• domestic $5,418.60
• international $14,400.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.
Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
RAPP 501 Surveying Society
RAPP 502 Qualitative Research Methods 1
RAPP 503 Spreadsheet and Table Management
RAPP 504 Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis 1
RAPP 505 Research Communication and Proposal Writing Skills
RAPP 506 Research Ethics and Standards

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
RAPP 511 Research Seminar
RAPP 512 Qualitative Research Methods 2
RAPP 513 Research Management
RAPP 514 Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis 2
RAPP 515 Database Management
RAPP 516 New Research Technologies
RAPP 521 Research Analyst Placement