The Research Specialist

Whether working on an academic research paper or undertaking a project at work, students and professionals at all levels require an understanding of the most effective research methods available. Effective research allows you to pursue your interests in greater depth, find out more information about a particular subject, learn something new, hone problem solving skills and really push your critical thinking skills. Every field of study has their own research problems and methods, but the fundamental research skills necessary to undertake a project like this are consistent. Professionals in all areas of work must be prepared to take on a research project and have the fundamental skills to do so effectively and accurately.


The Research Specialist Program

The Research Specialist Program takes students through the fundamentals of qualitative research from gathering data, developing surveys, and recording sources properly to thinking critically about your findings and challenging yourself to draw unexpected conclusions from your efforts. More often, the challenge to research is synthesizing your discoveries into written form – turning a collection of notes into a final expression or argument. This program will show students how to get from start to finish on a research project through proven strategies alongside emerging trends in internet and digital research.


Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of qualitative research
  • Design an original qualitative research question to draw valid conclusions about a socially relevant topic
  • Gather data using an appropriate qualitative research method
  • Develop an appropriate survey for collecting data
  • Gather research data from indirect sources of data
  • Synthesize research by writing a white paper
  • Evaluate the methodology, evidence, and conclusions of others’ research by following a scientific research methodology
  • Analyze the challenges and ethical issues in social research
  • Enhance your research skills by using the Internet in an effective and efficient manner
  • Examine the emerging technical trends in the field of descriptive research
  • Use Microsoft Office


Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.


National Certification

Upon successful completion of this  program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program  will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so.


Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location.