What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

1-2 years

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: Nov. 1

Anthropology, Graduate Certificate in Ethnography

The certificate in ethnography program, the only program of its kind in metro Atlanta, provides 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.

For students who wish 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.

The program is also ideal for M.A. and Ph.D. students in such fields as sociology, community psychology, education, nursing, linguistics, communication, business and area studies who pursue qualitative research.

Program Highlights

The department features seven permanent faculty members who conduct ethnographic research around the world – in Africa, South America, Europe, and North America.

Students take core courses in ethnographic methods as well as choosing from a variety of elective classes that feature ethnographic readings and training.


Ethnographic interviewing is a core skill that attorneys, therapists, social workers, administrators and journalists adopt to understand and to serve an increasingly diverse population of colleagues, clients, interlocutors and stakeholders.

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:

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

The program requires 15 credits or a total of 5 courses, including core methods courses and additional electives.

For tuition information, go to our Student Financial Services site.

Students will gain mastery of ethnographic research skills, including but not limited to research design, participant-observation techniques, and a variety of interviewing methods. Further, they will receive training in both academic and applied styles of analysis and write-up, including grant-writing. These skills will bolster graduates’ job readiness for positions in a variety professional and institutional settings where expertise in qualitative research is required.



Department Offices:
33 Gilmer St. Suite 335
Atlanta, GA 30303


Office Hours
8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Monday – Friday

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3998
Atlanta, GA 30302-3998

Phone: 404-413-5156
Fax: 404-413-5159

College of Arts & Sciences
25 Park Pl NE #2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

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