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    Application Deadline
  • 56 days
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Understand social work research through the critical examination of the methods and organization of the ever-expanding professional literature associated with social work practice.

The field of social work research has experienced considerable growth over the past 25 years. This body of research is an essential source of knowledge for helping understand and solve complex social problems, but utilizing this research effectively requires proper contextualization. 

This Social Work - Research Program in collaboration with University of Michigan - MichiganX is intended to help you become an effective consumer of this professional literature by providing the tools necessary to find and comprehend what the research does and, importantly, does not tell us.

This course will cover:

  • quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • searching procedures to effectively find existing research
  • application of research to practice

Be a part of this exciting time for the profession of social work and the opportunity to use this literature to help find solutions to complex social problems. Learn how to understand and appreciate a scientific approach to building and evaluating practice knowledge, and to use research to advocate for clients and inform policy. As you develop these skills, you will be well positioned to make correct use of the existing professional literature.

What you'll learn

  • Understand what social work research is and the different types of research methodologies
  • Learn key concepts and principles of quantitative and qualitative research in order to make effective appraisals of research findings
  • Know the process of searching and retrieving social work research
  • Make appropriate inferences from a given study to inform social work practice
  • Understand how research fits within the broader framework of evidence-based practices

This course is part of the Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research MicroMasters Program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 56 days
    • Intensity 3 hrs/week
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description
      • Length:  8 weeks
      • Effort:  3 to 4 hours per week
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Organization of Social Work Research
  • Key Concepts in Research Measurement: Validity vs Reliability Sampling
  • Non-Experimental Methods - Quantitative
  • Experimental Methods - Quantitative Experimental Research (RCT) Systematic Reviews Meta-Analyses
  • Qualitative and Mixed Methods

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements


  • None

Tuition Fee

  • Add a Verified Certificate for $199 USD

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