Research Methodology Modules

Each research methodology module requires passing two courses.

Module 1: Applied Statistics and Econometrics

Advisors: Ingrid Gould Ellen and Rajeev Dehejia

This module prepares the student for empirical research using advanced methods of applied statistics and econometrics including both the Classical and Generalized Regression Model, and more specialized topics such as time-series and panel data techniques, systems of regression equations, limited dependent variables, etc. 


module 2: Qualitative Research and Methods

Advisors: Sonia Ospina and Natasha Iskander

In Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing among five approaches, John W. Creswell defines qualitative research as follows: “Qualitative research begins with assumptions and the use of interpretive/theoretical frameworks that inform the study of research problems addressing the meaning individuals or groups ascribe to a social or human problem. To study this problem, qualitative researchers use an emerging qualitative approach to inquiry, the collection of data in a natural setting sensitive to the people and places under study, and data analysis that is both inductive and deductive and establishes patterns or themes. The final written report or presentation includes the voices of participants, the reflexivity of the researcher, a complex description and interpretation of the problem, and its contribution to the literature or a call for change” (2013, p. 44).

By completing the Qualitative Research Module it is expected that students will:

  1. Clarify the epistemological and methodological assumptions that support the choice of interpretive methodologies to answer a research question;
  2. Identify and differentiate among the various qualitative research traditions, their interpretive frameworks and the appropriate research designs and techniques associated with each (e.g. case studies, ethnography, historical analysis, narrative inquiry, phenomenology and grounded theory among others);
  3. Gain proficiency in selected methods and/or techniques and practices of qualitative research;
  4. Identify the criteria to assess the quality and trustworthiness of interpretive research.

Given the diversity of qualitative inquiry approaches, fulfilling the Qualitative Research Module will offer students a roadmap and the motivation to further expand and deepen their knowledge and research practice on their own.  The required course PHD-GP 5905 Qualitative Research Methods (or approved alternative) is a gateway course will help students understand qualitative research from conception to implementation.