Research Analyst
Learn from expert faculty and gain hands-on experience. Be ready for your exciting career in market, social or public policy research.

General information

Program code
2 Semesters, plus 1 work term (1 Year)
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Work integrated learning
1 Co-op Work Term
Full-time + Part-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie
Winter 2022 Barrie

Program description

In this program, students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and professionalism necessary to conduct applied research in sectors such as marketing, tourism, media, government, public affairs, education, health, non-profit and social service agencies. Students are provided with hands-on experience and focus on the entire research process. Students formulate research questions, develop research designs, collect information from primary and secondary sources, perform data analysis, interpret results, communicate findings, and develop strategic recommendations. Additional features of the program include an emphasis on traditional and emerging qualitative and quantitative methodologies, the use of technology, effective communication processes, and adherence to professional and ethical standards.

Why study Research Analyst at Georgian?

Canada’s longest running research professional training program, established in 1991

Refine your skills on the job with a 14- to 16-week co-op work term

  • A 14- to 16-week co-op work term in semester three provides on-the-job learning and practical exposure to the research industry. Employers may be:
    • specialized research supplier firms
    • educational institutions
    • public health agencies and hospitals
    • municipal, regional, provincial and federal government
    • private “client-side” corporations
    • social service agencies
  • Our extensive network of alumni, companies and industry associations makes it possible for us to support students in securing a co-op opportunity connected to their program outcomes. Students will be competing for co-op opportunities through coaching and support on developing effective resumes, cover letters, portfolios and interviewing skills.

Network with more than 600 program alumni

Apply your learning by undertaking real-world projects for clients

Flexible and fast
Start in September or January, enter the workforce in just nine months

Pursue careers in applied social research, marketing research, or program evaluation

Small class size
Get personal attention from staff who are interested in your success

Maximize your quality of life with a low cost of living or easy commute to Barrie

Part-time delivery option

We also offer a part-time delivery format for this program:

  • complete the program part-time in two years
  • register on a course-by-course basis paying as you go

Visit the Research Analyst part-time program page for details and contact information.

NOTE: Use the major RAPX when applying to the part-time program through

Career opportunities

Graduates may find opportunities within a variety of public, private, and non-profit organizations, in the fields of marketing, public policy, media, advertising, tourism, human resources, education, needs assessment, and program evaluation. Potential employers include market research firms, private corporations, consulting groups, municipal, provincial and federal government agencies, educational institutions, social agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.

Admission information

Admission requirements

Three year college advanced diploma or university degree, or equivalent. Typical specialties include: psychology, sociology, business, marketing, political science, anthropology, history, tourism, communications, education, health, or philosophy.

Selection Process

Applicants will be asked to submit a current resumé and letter of interest to the program co-ordinator.

Admission decisions will be based on academic grades, resumé and letter of interest.

Admission details

Complementary to the learning outcomes, graduates of the Research Analyst Program will have a sense of confidence and competence that enables them to function effectively in a research setting by demonstrating many of the following skills and aptitudes: intellectual curiosity, critical inquiry, problem solving, creativity, initiative, practical experience, negotiation, professionalism, team work and leadership.


Program-specific Courses

  • RAPP 1001 - Survey Design and Analysis
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • RAPP 1003 - Fundamentals of Statistical Analysis
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • RAPP 1005 - Qualitative Research
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • RAPP 1013 - Research Tools and Techniques
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • RAPP 1014 - Report Writing
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • RAPP 1016 - Project Management
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • RAPP 1000 - Population and Demography
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • RAPP 1007 - Advanced Statistical Procedures
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • RAPP 1010 - Spreadsheet and Table Management
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • RAPP 1015 - Professional Communication
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • RAPP 1017 - Data Evaluation
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • RAPP 1018 - Capstone Project
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • COOP 1051 - Research Analyst Work Term
    (450 hours)