May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Research Data Management Graduate Certificate

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The graduate certificate in Research Data Management is intended for graduate students both currently and not enrolled in the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

This graduate certificate will enable graduate students to develop knowledge and skills about working with researchers to help manage their research data. Research data management (RDM) focuses on all stages of the data lifecycle, including data planning, collection, description, access, use, preservation, and reuse of research data. Information professionals work with researchers in a variety of settings to provide research data management expertise. RDM is essential as funding agencies, publishers and industry increasingly require data management plans, data deposition in trusted repositories, and data sharing. This 4-course, 12 credit hours graduate certificate in Research Data Management is beneficial to students already in a graduate program who want to supplement their courses with this specialization or to those who already have a graduate degree and want to learn more about research data management to enhance their careers. Home unit: School of Information Sciences .

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus
Distance Education

Graduate Certificate Type


Admissions Standards/Procedures

Interested applicants must be currently admitted in a graduate degree program at UTK or can apply directly for the Research Data Management Certificate through the Graduate Admissions Office.

Academic Standards

A minimum 3.50 graduate GPA must be earned in all certificate courses.

Credit Hours Required

12 graduate credit hours.

Note: Students earning an additional graduate degree concurrently with the Research Data Management Certificate must complete at least 3 graduate credit hours in excess of the number of credit hours required for the graduate degree. For example, a student enrolled in both the MSIS degree (36 graduate credit hours) and the Research Data Management Certificate (12 graduate credit hours) would need to earn a total of 39 graduate credit hours to earn both credentials.

Required Courses

Non-Course Requirements

To receive the certificate, students must:
1) complete the Graduate Certificate Course Verification Form (located on the Graduate School webpage under the Forms Central tab) and
2) through MyUTK, apply to graduate from the certificate program.

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