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Research Data Management Certificate

Explore how you can develop knowledge and skills to collaborate with researchers to help manage their research data with the online Research Data Management Certificate (RDMC) program from the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences. The program enables students to develop knowledge and skills related to research data planning, collection, description, access, use, preservations, and reuse through coursework delivered from leading experts in the fields of data curation, data management, and spatial data management.

Wade Bishop

“In a world driven by data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, research data management skills are more important and useful than ever. Research data presents unique challenges and requires specific training that our world-class faculty excel at delivering.”

WADE BISHOP,  Associate Professor, SIS Coordinator of Research Data Management

How Can the Research Data Management Certificate be Applied?

Information professionals work with researchers in a variety of settings to provide research data management (RDM) expertise. RDM is essential as funding agencies, publishers and industry increasingly require data management plans, data deposition in trusted repositories, and data sharing. This equates to a high demand for RDM skills that may not be covered in other programs focused on domain or information sciences.

The RDMC program provide students interested in supplementing their courses with this specialization or to those who already have a graduate degree and want to learn more and update knowledge and skills in RDM to enhance their careers in a variety of settings, including:

  • Academic Libraries
  • Government Agencies
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Archives
  • Research Center

Explore the Curriculum

This four-course, 12-credit hours graduate certificate has the following requirements:

  • INSC 563: Data Management (3 credit hours)
  • RDMC students must complete three graduate courses (9 credit hours) in addition to INSC 563.

At least one of these courses (3 credit hours) must come from both Category I. and Category II. below:

Category I. At least one, but not more than two, of the following three courses for a total of 3 OR 6 credit hours:

  • INSC 524 – Metadata (3 credit hours) (NOTE: requires INSC 512 as a prerequisite or permission of instructor)
  • INSC 545 – Scientific and Technical Communications (3 credit hours)
  • INSC 562 – Digital Curation (3 credit hours)


Category II. At least one, but not more than two, of the following three courses for a total of 3 OR 6 credit hours:

  • INSC 516 – Geospatial Technologies (3 credit hours)
  • INSC 543 – Spatial Data Management (3 credit hours)
  • INSC 584 – Database Management Systems (3 credit hours)
  • INSC 592 – Data Analytics and Visualization (3 credit hours)

Online Courses, Hands-on Learning

Our class space is intended to be a safe, intellectually stimulating, and collaborative for learning. Classes involve hands-on data management, digital and data curation terminology, and use of analytics and visualization across data types.


Online graduate courses at the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences are among the most affordable nationwide. According to the 2019-2020 UT Schedule of Maintenance, Tuition & Fees for online students that are TN, AR, DE, and WV residents pay $700 per credit hour, and out of state students pay $775 per credit hour.

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Application Requirements

The Research Data Management Certificate program is open to any practitioner with a graduate degree and/or any graduate student currently enrolled in a graduate program. The certificate application process varies depending on individual circumstances: See the UT Graduate School for instructions for application and see below.

  1. Visit the Graduate School application website.
  2. Create/Log in your account.
  3. Input your information.
    1. Select Admission Type.
    2. Select Application Type (Online or On-Campus)
    3. Search for “Research Data Management” (new applicants or recent graduates) or “Research Data Management Add-On” (currently enrolled students).

➡️ Start Your Application to the Certificate Program


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