This program is designed for professional staff who feel the need to learn current principles and practices of complex surveys but do not have the time to devote to graduate level courses of the certificate program. The program assumes no previous formal training in survey methodology.

The student first completes the semester-length credit-bearing course, Fundamentals in Survey Methodology/ (SURV 400), and obtain a minimum grade of "C".  Then the student completes eight different one or two-day short courses, of which four must be from the core courses -- Questionnaire Design, Introduction to Survey Sampling, Survey Management, and Introduction to Survey Estimation. The student chooses four other short courses from the 10-12 short courses that JPSM offers each year. After completing the Fundamentals course and the four core short courses, the student takes a written examination that covers the material in the courses.

Required Courses
  • SURV 400 - Fundamentals in Survey Methodology above)

  • Short Course - Questionnaire Design

  • Short Course - Introduction to Survey Sampling

  • Short Course - Survey Management

  • Short Course - Introduction to Survey Estimation

  • and Four Additional Short Courses (See here for full available list)

Complete the JPSM Graduate Citation Program Application and submit to jpsm-contact [at] umd [dot] edu, or fax to 301-314-7912

Students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours at a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and have taken a course in statistics and received a grade of "B" or better. Students must apply and be accepted as either an "Advanced Special Student" (for those with a bachelor's degree) or as a Transfer Undergraduate at the University of Maryland.