Online Graduate Certificate: Research Data Management

Research Data Management

College of Communication & Information

Program Overview

Learn how to collaborate with researchers and manage their data throughout its lifecycle. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville's online Graduate Certificate in Research Data Management (RDM) will empower you to apply advanced knowledge of data management across a variety of settings, including industry, national labs and academia. Our Research Data Management Certification is for current graduate students or practitioners with a graduate degree. Beyond the core course, you can select from many others, such as Metadata, to refine your expertise.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $700

Out-of-State $775



Admission Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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Acquire the Knowledge to Manage the Research Data of Tomorrow

The graduate certificate in Research Data Management 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. Our graduates work with researchers in various settings to provide research data management expertise in industry, national labs, and other academic settings. Research data management 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-hour graduate certificate in Research Data Management benefits students already in a graduate program who want to supplement their courses with this specialization or those who already have a graduate degree and want to learn more about research data management to enhance their careers.

Featured Courses

In addition to the required 563 Data Management course, students may choose from a variety of other courses to complete the requirements, such as:

INSC 524: Metadata

Explores the role of metadata in our evolving information ecosystem(s), emphasizing metadata in the digital environment. Development and use of metadata schemas in information communities, including digital libraries, museums, and archives; scientific data centers, and governmental organizations. Enabling technologies used to create machine-understandable metadata (e.g., XML and RDF).

INSC 584: Database Management Systems

Defining data needs, data structures, role of operating systems in data management, file organization, database management systems, logical data models, internal data models, database administration and evaluation. Design and implementation of application using database management system.

INSC 592: Data Analytics & Visualization

Concepts of big data and data analytics in settings such as academia, organizations, the sciences, and on the web. Basic concepts and process of data analytics, and data mining techniques and skills (ETL). Designing effective information visualizations.

INSC 516: Geospatial Technologies

Creation, distribution, growth, use and misuse of geospatial data. Application of geospatial technologies to generate maps, tables and imagery.

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