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Train for a data-driven career in research analysis

Research Analyst Ontario College Graduate Certificate program

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

Program code RAPP
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery Full-time +

Program information

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.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Winter 2022 Barrie
Fall 2022 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes a co-op work term component where you will gain practical, on-the-job experience in your field.

What are the admission requirements for the Research Analyst program?

Research Analyst 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.

What career paths can I take as a research analyst?

Your Research Analyst graduate certificate gives you many 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.

Why study Research Analyst at Georgian?


The Research Analyst program at Georgian is Canada’s longest running research professional training program, established in 1991.

Co-op placements

Refine your skills on the job with a 14- to 16-week co-op work term in semester three. Gain 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.

Hands-on learning

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 sizes

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.

Flex MORE. Study Research Analyst part-time

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What courses are included in the Research Analyst graduate certificate program?

Course overview

12 Program Courses
1 Co-op Work Term

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Research Analyst program outline.

  • RAPP 1001 – Survey Design and Analysis
  • RAPP 1003 – Fundamentals of Statistical Analysis
  • RAPP 1005 – Qualitative Research
  • RAPP 1013 – Research Tools and Techniques
  • RAPP 1014 – Report Writing
  • RAPP 1016 – Project Management

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