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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

15 hours of graduate coursework must be completed

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1

Anthropology, Graduate Certificate in Ethnography

The Certificate in Ethnography is ideal for M.A. and Ph.D. students in a range of fields, including anthropology, sociology, community psychology, education, nursing, linguistics, communication, business and area studies. For students who plan to pursue careers in academia, private business or the public sector, the certificate offers applied and marketable skills in culture- and people-focused knowledge production and communication.

Ethnography is a field-based research method for the study of social and cultural patterns and practices. Ethnographers use participant-observation, direct observation and interaction, focus group interviews, and other qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques to uncover detailed patterns of human behavior in their cultural context.

Ethnographic data analysis is especially productive in clarifying complex issues, informing policy and designing innovative, effective, data-driven solutions to organizational problems. This signature methodology of cultural anthropology has broad application in a variety of academic disciplines, creative industries, professional fields and employment settings.

Ethnography encompasses basic and applied research and informs project planning and implementation. Ethnographic data are also relevant and useful in assessing community needs, addressing concerns of personnel and enhancing cross-cultural communication.

Program Highlights


Embed Your Certificate Into Your Degree

The certificate can be seamlessly embedded into the M.A. in Anthropology, while electives in Education, Geosciences, Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies allow for integration of the certificate into other graduate degrees.

Enhance Your Skills Base

Working professionals in education, non-profits, public health and business can prepare themselves for career growth by learning this unique set of core skills for research design and implementation, and grant writing.

Program Details

Students must apply to the certificate program during either fall or spring semester. In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Anthropology has the following requirements for application for the Graduate Certificate in Ethnography program:

  1. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential to do graduate work in anthropology
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume
  3. Writing sample

The program is comprised of nine hours of required courses (Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology [3], Qualitative Methods in Anthropology [3], and either Ethnography into the 21st Century [3] OR Anthropological Theory and Praxis [3]) plus six hours of electives.

Students will develop specialized knowledge and skills training in ethnographic research, focusing on research design, data collection and analysis, communication of results for diverse audiences and policy analysis and writing.



Ethnographic interviewing is a core skill for attorneys, therapists, social workers, administrators and journalists who seek to understand and serve an increasingly diverse population of colleagues, clients, interlocutors and stakeholders. Ethnographic research skills, including interviewing, participant observation, and qualitative data coding and analysis, are important for a range of fields, including public health, education, user experience research, marketing and product design.


Department of Anthropology
33 Gilmer Street
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3998
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Department Chair and Professor
Jennifer Patico
[email protected]

Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor
Steven Black
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College of Arts & Sciences Lockup25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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