The Joint Program in Survey Methodology offers a variety of short courses. Be sure to bookmark this new website address. JPSM offers Fellowships to qualified registrants from groups traditionally under-represented in the field.



Title Date Instructors Location Register
Introduction to Big Data for Social Science- REGISTRATION CLOSED Monday, September 23, 2019 -
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
  • Frauke Kreuter
  • Christoph Kern
RTI International, DC.
Statistical Analysis with Missing Data - REGISTRATION CLOSED Tuesday, October 15, 2019 -
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
  • Trivellore E. Raghunathan
  • Roderick Little
RTI International, DC.
Practical Tools for Nonreponse Bias Studies - REGISTRATION CLOSED Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Jill Montaquilla DeMatteis
  • Michael Brick
RTI International, DC.
Synthetic Data: Balancing Data Confidentiality & Quality in Public Use Files- REGISTRATION CLOSED Tuesday, December 03, 2019 -
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
  • Joerg Drechsler
  • Jerome P. Reiter
RTI International, DC.
Introduction to Survey Sampling - REGISTRATION CLOSED. Monday, December 16, 2019 -
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
  • Colm O'Muircheartaigh
  • James M. Lepkowski
RTI International, DC.
Data Linkage - REGISTRATION CLOSED Monday, March 09, 2020 -
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • Partha Lahiri
RTI International, DC.
Writing Questions for Surveys - RESCHEDULED (DTBD) - NO MORE SEATS AVAILABLE (Please send an email to to be placed on waiting-list). Monday, March 30, 2020 -
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  • Nora Cate Schaeffer
RTI International, DC.
Using Paradata in a Responsive Design Framework - CANCELLED. Wednesday, April 08, 2020 -
Thursday, April 09, 2020
  • James Wagner
  • Brady T. West
RTI International, DC.
Machine Learning for Suvey Data - RESCHEDULED (DTBD) - NO MORE SEATS AVAILABLE (Please send an email to to be placed on waiting-list). Monday, April 20, 2020 -
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
  • Trent Buskirk
RTI International, DC.
Introduction to Survey Estimation - RESCHEDULED (DTBD) Monday, May 11, 2020 -
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
  • David Morganstein
  • Sunghee Lee
RTI International, DC.
Differential Privacy - RESCHEDULED (DTBD) Monday, May 18, 2020 -
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
  • Anand D. Sarwate
RTI International, DC.

Registrants will receive a fee discount if payment is made by September 30, 2019 for any course listed on the 2019-2020 schedule. The early payment discounted fees are as follows:

1-Day Course:

  • $475 for Federal Employees and full-time university students
  • $575 for other participants

2-Day Course:

  • $650 for Federal Employees and full-time university students
  • $850 for other participants

Fees and awards are not transferable due to nonattendance. The course fees are as follows:

1-Day Course:

  • $500 for Federal Employees and full-time university students
  • $600 for other participants

2-Day Course:

  • $700 for Federal Employees and full-time university students
  • $900 for other participants

Online registration is required. The registration deadline is 5 business days prior to the class start date. Confirmation of acceptance will be sent after the registration form and payment have been processed. Payment by credit card is required. Payment is due at the time of registration. Payments are course and date specific. Please note – if payment is not received at the time of registration, the registrant’s form will be deleted. Registrants are responsible for keeping track of their registrations and course dates. Contact JPSM if you have any questions concerning the status of the registration.


Tax Identification Number (University of Maryland): 55-6002003, DUNS (University of Maryland): 808124564


  • A 500-word essay describing their reasons for wanting to attend this short course and how their participation will enhance their chosen career path. The essay should indicate the applicant’s background (i.e. African-American, Latino, Hispanic American, or Native American Indian) and why financial support is needed.
  • A letter of recommendation written by a person knowledgeable about the applicant’s aptitude and interest in survey methodology. The essay and letter of recommendation are due 30 days before the start-date of the reserved short course seat. JPSM will evaluate the applications and inform the successful applicants no later than 10 business days prior to the requested course start-date. The fellowship covers the registration fee, materials to be distributed during the course and the JPSM group continental breakfasts, lunches and breaks. The essay and letter of recommendation may be faxed to 301.314.7912 or emailed to jpsm-shortcourse [at] umd [dot] edu

Please notify JPSM as soon as possible if you need to cancel your registration. Fees and awards are not transferrable due to nonattendance. Cancellation requests should be done online. You will be fully reimbursed if you cancel prior to 5 business days before the start of class. Cancellation on or less than 5 business days before the class start date is subject to the full fee amount.

701 13th St NW #750, Washington DC.

Traveling by Metro is preferred. RTI International is conveniently located next to the Metro Center Station (Red, Blue, Orange, and Silver), the other Metro option is Chinatown (Yellow and Green) and walk 5 blocks.

Registrants are responsible for parking fees. Parking is available in a number of commercial parking lots within a 1-4 block radius. Daily parking fees range from $14-20.

701 13th St NW, Washington DC 20005, Suite #750

Attendees may enter on the 13th St side (701 13th St NW) or the 12th St side (700 12th St NW) of the building.

Take the elevator to the 7th floor and look for signs for the short course. Attendees must also check-in with the JPSM onsite assistant each day of the course.  

All visitors must present a valid photo ID at the entrance and pick up a visitor’s badge.

Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow enough time to go through security. 

Contact your LAN department in advance to see if the URL can be added as an authorized site. The center has open unsecured public Wi-Fi access. Some browsers, such as Chrome, are not compatible. The conference room is equipped with repeaters which ensures the wireless signal is transmitted throughout the conference center. Users must accept pop-ups to accept the terms of the Wi-Fi and to enter the log-in credentials. If your computer is government issued or company issued the user may not be able to modify the security settings which allows access to the CTC_Guest network.

Individuals are responsible for making their own overnight room reservations and for payment.

Questions for this course should be directed to the JPSM Short Course, University of Maryland, 1218 Lefrak Hall, College Park, MD 20742.

Phone: 301-314-7911

Fax: 301-314- 7912

Email: jpsm-shortcourse [at] umd [dot] edu