The Post Baccalaureate (Graduate) Certificate in Fundamentals of Survey Statistics offers training in sampling design and estimation for individuals who have graduate-level coursework in statistics but desire specific knowledge and training in survey statistics. Both domestic U.S. and international students are welcome to apply. The program is taught at the graduate level but covers fewer topic areas than the onsite M.S. program in survey methodology offered by JPSM.


The program provides training in statistical foundations of sampling and estimation in complex surveys, construction of questionnaires that reliably measure desired concepts, use of computer assistance in data collection, how different modes of data collection can be used to improve survey data, cognitive psychological applications to survey measurement, and methods of nonsampling error reduction. Students will also learn how to analyze survey data properly reflecting the complex survey design features.  


The certificate will require a total of 12 credits.  Online courses are held on a semester schedule.

Students admitted to the certificate program can take up to 6 credits a term. The expectation is that students would complete the program in 18 months, or less.

Students will participate in the online courses using their own computers, providing flexibility for working professionals. The lectures will be recorded and accompanied by real time, weekly online office hours or discussion sessions.

  • Recorded lecture material will be posted online at a pre-specified time each week.
  • Students will be required to view the class within a set period (usually one week) and are required to submit regular homework assignments.
  • Mandatory online discussions hosted by the instructor will be used for answering questions and reviewing material presented in lectures.

Required Courses (7 credits)

  • SURV 400 - Fundamentals of Survey and Data Science (3 credits)

  • SURV 626 - Sampling I (2 credits)

  • SURV 702 - Analysis of Complex Survey Data (2 credits)

  • At least two (2) credits from the following list:

    • SURV636 Sampling II (2 credits)

    • SURV742 Inference from Complex Surveys (2 credits)

    • SURV735 Data Confidentiality and Statistical Disclosure Control (2 credits)

    • SURV730 Measurement Error (1 credit)

    • SURV726 Multiple Imputation (1 credit)

    • SURV667 Introduction to Record Linkage with Big Data Applications (1 credit)

    • SURV662 Introduction to Small Area Estimation (3 credits)

    • SURV 747 Practical Tools for Sampling (2 credits)

    • SURV 748 Practical Tools for Weighting (1 credit)

  • An additional three (3) credits of elective online SURV courses numbered 620 or above, including those listed above.

Applicants must meet the following minimum admission criteria as established by the Graduate School:

  • Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution.
  • Applicants must have earned a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Applicants must provide an official copy of a transcript for all of their post-secondary work.
  • International students must fulfill all requirements relating to international academic credentials, evidence of English proficiency, and financial certification. Since the students will not have to enter the U.S., visas will not be required. These requirements are found at the Graduate School's Web site.

The application for the JPSM Graduate Certificate in Fundamentals of Survey Statistics can be found on the University of Maryland Graduate School website.

UMD Graduate School Application Process

The Graduate School program code for this certificate is Z133.

Certificate in Fundamentals of Survey Statistics (Z133) Graduate School Catalog Description

Completing the Application for Graduation Form:

You will need to complete the Application for Graduation Form and submit it to the Graduate School by the deadline during the semester in which you are taking the last course requirements. In the drop down menu on the fillable pdf form, the program code is as follows:

  • Program Code Z133- Graduate Certificate in Fundamentals of Survey Statistics

When you submit your application for Graduation form to diploma [at] umd [dot] edu please also cc jpsm-contact [at] umd [dot] edu so that JPSM has a copy for our records.

  1 Credit 2 Credits 3 Credits
Tuition $1,125 $2,250 $3,375
Distance Learning Fee/academic  semester  $100 $100 $100.00
Application Fee (One time) $75 $75 $75.00
Total $1,300 $2,425 $3,550


Note: These amounts are subject to change as per University of Maryland policies.