A Research Analyst with brown hair and glasses, wearing a suit and tie, sitting at a desk with a computer, binder and calculator

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
Program Delivery Full-time +
Program delivery method(s) Hybrid What does this mean?

Program information

Program description

Georgian College’s Research Analyst Program equips you with the applied research marketing and program evaluation knowledge, skills, and professionalism necessary to conduct research that drives innovation. You acquire hands-on experience completing a research project for an organization or company. In your courses, you 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 dateCampus
Fall 2024 Barrie
Winter 2025 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

What are the admission requirements for the Research Analyst program?

Research Analyst admission requirements

  • Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, degree or equivalent

Typical specialties include psychology, sociology, business, marketing, political science, anthropology, history, tourism, communications, education, health, or philosophy.

Selection Process

Admission decisions will be based on academic grades.

Additional information

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, teamwork 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 research analyst career opportunities within a variety of public, private, and non-profit organizations. 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 work term

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 work term 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

Benefits of studying part-time:

  • Register on a course-by-course basis, paying as you go!
  • MORE choices. We are always adding more flexible delivery programs and courses.

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 1010 – Spreadsheet and Table Management
  • RAPP 1014 – Report Writing
  • RAPP 1016 – Research Project Management

Your course delivery method(s)


This program has a hybrid delivery method. Some parts are online and other parts are delivered in person. You’ll need to come to campus for part of your program.

Please note, delivery methods are based on planning for the upcoming semester and are subject to change.

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Benefits of studying part-time:

  • Register on a course-by-course basis, paying as you go!
  • MORE choices. We are always adding more flexible delivery programs and courses.