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Research Analyst

Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Code: 15021 Length: 2 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements:

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.


Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017LakeshoreOpenOpen
January 2018LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2017/2018 fee for 2 semesters is:

  • domestic: TBD (refer to 2016-2017 for estimate)
  • international: $15,540.00

Fees are subject to change.

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Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Program Contact(s)

Mary Takacs
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 73483



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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In order to continue with your application for the Research Analyst Postgraduate Program, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these secondary requirements. This contains all the information you need to prepare and submit secondary requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Secondary Requirements

Applicants are required to submit an essay and a resume.

i. Essay

Applicants must submit a 500-word (maximum) essay addressing the following:

In your own words, relate how your past personal, academic, and professional experiences make you a suitable candidate for the Research Analyst Postgraduate Program at Humber and for the research industry. In addition, explain how your current interests and your future goals help position you for success. Be sure to include your expectations of the program and address any challenges you feel you may face as a student or as a research analyst, being sure to explain how you will strive to overcome them.

ii. Resume

A current resume must be submitted.

Submission Instructions

Applicants must submit the essay and resume through SlideRoom. SlideRoom is a secure site where secondary requirements are collected, scored and stored. Log-in to and create your free account. There will be additional instructions once your account has been created.

You should submit your secondary requirements within three weeks of applying to the program. 

This document is available in alternate format upon request.

Applicants must meet both academic and secondary requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.

All secondary requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.

Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-TuitionTBD$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125

Our Program

In the current knowledge economy and information age, the demand for social, market and marketing research has increased substantially as organizations have recognized the growing need for research on which key policy and strategic decisions are based. The Research Analyst graduate certificate program focuses on the theoretical, practical and ethical underpinnings of research, while also equipping you with the statistical, technical and professional skills necessary to do applied research in a variety of different settings throughout the public and private sectors.

In this program, you will focus on all of the major aspects of the research process including research design, information retrieval and evaluation, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and the preparation and presentation of the research findings.

Special features of the program include an emphasis on professional, ethical and legal implications when designing research studies; new research technologies for data collection; analysis; presentation; proposal writing; research entrepreneurship; project management; and program evaluation.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Retrieve, process, and present market research information and findings using current online and stand-alone information technology tools.

  • Conduct social and market research with a high degree of accuracy and reliability, which can inform major organizational and business decisions.
  • Write documentation to collect, and support the collection, of data for social and market research projects.
  • Interpret qualitative and quantitative research through the analysis and presentation of empirical data to meet the needs and objectives of the client.

  • Ensure that all analysis of numerical and text data is consistent with the appropriate principles of descriptive statistics and techniques of statistical inference.

  • Design and implement research projects for international and domestic populations with varied cultural and linguistic demographic profiles.

  • Formulate plans for social and market research that will meet the needs of the client and follow all theoretical, practical, ethical, and legal guidelines related to the collection of data and the privacy of personal information.
  • Design and implement research projects that address the unique characteristics of public, private or not-for-profit organizations.

  • Prepare applications for the research ethical review board in an effective manner.

  • Complete all work in accordance with ethical, legislative, and professional requirements and standards.


Work Placement

Students complete a twelve-week placement beginning in May, which allows them to gain invaluable practical and professional experience.

What is a Research Analyst?

Is our program right for you? You should be detail-oriented, enjoy doing research, and have good communications skills. You care about accuracy and you enjoy thinking critically and analytically and then explaining what you have learned to others.

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Excellence in Social Research

This annual award is presented to a graduate of the Research Analyst Postgraduate Program who has demonstrated a strong commitment to social issues as well as exceptional skills in social research while maintaining an 80% average of higher.

Academic Excellence Award in Research

This annual award is presented to the graduate of the Research Analyst Postgraduate Program who has achieved the highest overall average.

Research Analyst Award of Merit

This annual research award is designed to recognize an exemplary research project produced by an individual or group in partial fulfillment of the requirements of RAPP 511: Research Seminar. The research project authors will have demonstrated a mastery of research design, qualitative and/or quantitative data acquisition and analysis, as well as presentation skills. 


Research Analyst Entrance Scholarship

A Scholarship is presented to a student who has demonstrated academic proficiency (minimum of 80 per cent average) and involvement in extracurricular activities that clearly indicate a commitment to their community as selected by the scholarship committee. In addition, two reference (education, employment and/or community) letters are to be included in the submission package, these reference letters must explain the recipients commitment to their studies, their academic and/or career goals and their focus on giving back to others. These aspects have also been addressed by the recipient through the submission of a letter addressed to the selection committee (1-2 pages in length), where they also indicate how this scholarship will enable them to succeed in their studies.

Visit to apply online or call 519.763.4725 or toll-free 1.888.892.2228 (in Canada only). At the time of application, please include the processing fee. will forward completed applications and documentation to Humber College. Humber will acknowledge receipt of your application using the email you provided in your application.

The Research Analyst Program Code is 15021.

Remember that meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee admission to the program.

Please refer to Admission Information for International Students for information about completing your application form, language requirements, fees, tuition and living costs, and other important information.

You may have to demonstrate oral and written English language fluency. There are multiple ways that this can be demonstrated. Please see Humber's Langauge Proficiency Policy.

If you are, or will be, an Ontario university graduate, refer to the information here
If you earned your degree in a province other than Ontario, refer to the information here.
If you earned your degree outside of Canada, refer to the information here.

Colleges begin receiving applications from OCAS in November.  

All applications received by on or before February 1 will be given equal consideration in the application process. After that date, applications will continue to be processed until the program is filled. In order to receive equal consideration with other candidates, please apply early!

Please refer to Humber's general How to Apply information page.

After you apply, you will be sent information by Humber Admissions regarding these secondary documents.

For program-specific questions, contact the RAPP program coordinator, Mary Takacs, at extension 73483, or email at

For questions about the placements, or placement process, contact, extension 73601.

Please refer to the Resarch Analyst program page for information on tuition fees.

Budget approximately $500-$1,000 for textbooks.

The program is offered on a full-time day basis; usually, classes are held over 4 days, from Monday through Friday, at approximately 9am-5pm, but this can change. There are two academic terms, September through April, followed by a twelve week work placement, May through July.

We have a Placement Advisor who tries to match students’ interests, skills, and career goals with placement organizations, however, while every student will receive a meaningful work placement that will contribute to their learning and development as research analysts, we cannot guarantee that a student will be placed with their desired organization. The placement process is designed to balance student interests, skill set and aptitudes with a placement organization’s need and availability.

If a student has a lead, or a particular interest in an organization, they are invited to provide the details to our Placement Advisor.

For other questions about the placements, please contact our Placement Advisor, Bianca Sorbera at 416-675-6622 extension 73601.

The majority of our placements have financial compensation; many offer a competitive wage; others offer a stipend or honorarium. A minority of our placements have no financial compensation attached to them, but offer challenges and opportunities for the ambitious student. 

The demographic profile of our students is diverse; we have students from different age and cultural groups, and educational backgrounds. The major cohorts represented are from the social sciences, the humanities, followed by natural sciences and professional degrees. We also have students with advanced graduate degrees. Successful students are focused, industrious, self-motivated, responsible learners, who have excellent written and oral communication skills. They are individuals who can efficiently manage and package information in a logical design, and present it confidently and creatively. They are thinkers of keen insight and analysis.

For the most parts, placements are located in the GTA.

We attempt to secure balanced representation from the market and social research sectors, institutional research, business to business and the entrepreneurial sector.

In addition to employment as a research analysts for government agencies, market and consulting firms, and not-for-profit organizations, graduates can seek employment as community and social developers, consumer advisors and program evaluators. For the entrepreneurial-minded, the program provides the essentials in business planning.

Please contact the Program Coordinator, Mary Takacs, at 416-675-6622, extension 73483. Email

Please contact our Placement Advisor, Bianca Sorbera, at 416-675-6622, extension 73601.

Student Testimonials

This program really works! With research courses comparable to those at a master's degree level, strong industry connections, and outstanding guest speakers, the program justified - and exceeded by far- all my expectations.  – V.T.

I enrolled in the Humber Research Analysts Post-Grad Program looking for a career change and in less than a year I was working in the research field. The program helped me by connecting me with industry professionals and providing me with the necessary skills needed to land a job in market research. The course gave me the chance to put my knowledge and skills into practice with an internship placement which ultimately lead me to a job. It's amazing how in a year so much has changed and I've been able to kick-start my career in this industry!   N.P.

Your Career

Graduates of this program may find employment as analysts, community and social development officers, consumer advisers, economic policy researchers, education policy researchers, health and social policy development officers, health policy researchers, housing policy analysts, market and marketing researchers, program officers, research consultants, and social survey researchers.

Professional Accreditations

This program is recognized by the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA) as being an official post-graduate program designate.  This enables graduates of the program to take advantage of Pathway 1 to the Certified Marketing Research Professional (CMRP) designation.

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.


Placement Partners

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Placement Partners

  • Acceleration Strategy Inc. 
  • BEworks Inc.
  • BMO 
  • BrandSpark International
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Child Development Institute
  • Citizen Relations
  • Dentsu Aegis Network
  • Environics
  • Excellence Canada
  • Forum Research
  • Fresh Books
  • Humber College Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • IPG Mediabrands
  • John Howard Society
  • LoyaltyOne
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • Multi-Health Systems Inc. 
  • Ministry of Education 
  • Numeris
  • OpenLab 
  • Phase 5
  • Region of Durham
  • Region of Halton
  • Region of Peel
  • Research Management Group
  • Social Planning Council of Peel
  • TakingITGlobal
  • Toronto District School Board
  • The Logit Group
  • Toronto Community Foundation 
  • Unison Health and Community Services
  • United Way
  • Vretta Inc.

Placement Partners

  • Altus Group
  • BEworks
  • Bell Media
  • Brandspark
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Canadian Diabetes Association
  • Child Development Institute
  • College of Early Childhood Educators
  • Forum Research
  • Halton Region
  • Health Quality Ontario
  • Humber College – Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • Humber College Institutional Research
  • In Moment
  • Inspirit Foundation
  • John Howard Society
  • Liberal Party
  • Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • Massive Insights
  • Me to We
  • Ministry of Education
  • MRIA
  • Numeris
  • Parkinson Society
  • People for Education
  • Prostate Cancer Canada
  • Region of Peel
  • TakingITGlobal
  • Toronto Community Foundation
  • Toronto District School Board
  • The Logit Group
  • TNS Canada
  • Ubisoft
  • United Way
  • Vretta
  • Women's College Research Institute

Technology Partner

  • Q-Fi Solutions

RAPP Placement Partners

  • ACCE International
  • Aon Risk Solutions
  • Baycrest Centre
  • Bell Media
  • Bradford Economic Office
  • Canadian Broadcast Sales
  • Child Development Institute
  • Children's Aid Society of Toronto
  • Environics
  • Environics Institute
  • Excellence Canada
  • Geneva Centre for Autism
  • Halton Region
  • Harbinger Ideas
  • Hospital for Sick Children
  • Humber College Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • Humber College Institutional Research
  • Infomart, A Division of Postmedia Network Inc.
  • Institute on Governance
  • London Catholic District School Board
  • MacLaren McCann/Mediabrands
  • Market Probe
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • Ministry of Education
  • Numeris (formerly BBM)
  • Prostate Cancer Canada
  • Region of Peel
  • Research Strategy Associates
  • School Boards’ Cooperative
  • Scotiabank
  • Social Planning Council of Peel
  • TakingITGlobal
  • Toronto Community Foundation
  • Toronto District School Board
  • The Logit Group
  • The Verde Group
  • United Way Toronto

Student-Industry Research Partners

  • Numeris (formerly BBM)
  • Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance

RAPP Placement Partners

  • Astral Media Inc.
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Child Development Institute
  • Children's Aid Society of Toronto
  • City of Mississauga
  • Excellence Canada
  • Geneva Centre for Autism
  • Halton Region
  • Humber College Institutional Research
  • Humber College Research Office
  • International Financial Data Services
  • Institute on Governance
  • London Catholic District School Board
  • Longwoods International
  • MacLaren McCann/Mediabrands
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • Michael Page International
  • Ministry of Education
  • Numeris (formerly BBM)
  • Research Strategy Group Inc.
  • Shaw Media
  • The Palmerston Group
  • Toronto District School Board
  • Toronto Community Foundation
  • Ubisoft
  • United Way Toronto
  • Weber Shandwick

Student Success

Watch the video to see how Humber's Research Analyst program helped Lisa Fisher find the job she loves.

Academic & Industry Advisors

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Academic Advisors


Jennifer Fortune PhD.

Dr. Fortune’s research experience includes theoretical and applied topics in health, education, personal finance, moral judgment and cross-cultural issues. Dr. Fortune holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Guelph, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, with a specialty in Social, Personality and Abnormal Psychology. She currently teaches courses in Data and Spreadsheet Management, Quantitative Research Methods and Psychology in the Department of Liberal Studies at Humber College.

Josephine Mazzuca Ph.D.

Dr. Mazzuca is a researcher with 20 years experience currently teaching courses in Social Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods and Sociology in the Department of Liberal Studies at Humber College. 

She held the position of Senior Researcher with The Gallup Organization for 7 years. In this capacity she was responsible for the Canadian Gallup Poll, as well as, managing client projects for large organizations such as, The Hospital for Sick Children and Air Canada. Dr. Mazzuca has also applied her research expertise to the non-profit sector, conducting studies in the areas of domestic violence and child welfare, as well as program evaluations for social agencies. She completed her graduate work at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (OISE/UT) in the department of Sociology and Equity Studies with a focus on qualitative research methods.

Mary Takacs Ph.D.

Dr. Takacs holds a Bachelor's degree in philosophy and English literature from the University of Guelph, a Master's degree in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from York University, with a specialty in phenomenology. She also has experience in teaching market and social research for the purpose of business plan development as part of the city of Toronto's economic development initiative, enterprise Toronto's Small Business Series.  This series provides tutelage in management and leadership skills, funding information, and guidance in prudent decision-making for small businesses owners and entrepreneurs.  

Additionally, Mary has been employed as a research analyst for a business consultancy; in that capacity, she analyzed, evaluated, synopsized, and presented  research for projects of international scope, in the entertainment/cultural and transportation sectors.

Mary's academic areas of expertise -- philosophy, business ethics, and humanities --  will help develop students' critical thinking skills, sharpen their investigative skills,  and broaden their communications and creative palette , all within the context of standard, and cutting-edge, research management theory and practice. Students will then be competitively positioned for research analyst opportunities.

Industry Advisors 

Program Advisory Committee Members

John Ariyo, Manager, Community Initiatives, City of Hamilton

John Crockett, VP, Digital Innovation and Data Management, Environics Research Group

Ricardo Gomez-Insausti PhD, VP, Research and Respondent Centres, Numeris

Michelynn Lafleche, Director of Research and Public Policy, United Way, Toronto

Corrine Sandler, CEO, Fresh Intelligence Research Corp.

Terry Spencer, Research and Evaluation Officer, London District Catholic School Board

Usha Srinivasan, Vice President Learning and Insights, MaRS Discovery District

Richard Wiggers PhD,Executive Director, Research and Programs, HEQCO

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