Students looking to apply for an Online Graduate Certificate should follow these guidelines:

Admission criteria established by the Graduate School:

  1. 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.
  2. Applicants must have earned a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  3. Applicants must provide an official copy of a transcript for all their post-secondary work.
  4. 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.

How to apply:

  1. The application for the JPSM Graduate can be found on the University of Maryland Graduate School website: UMD Graduate School Application Process.
  2. The Graduate School program codes:

Application for Graduation

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 codes are as follows:

  • Program Code Z127 - Graduate Certificate in Fundamentals of Survey Methodology
  • Program Code Z133 - Online Graduate Certificate in Fundamentals of Survey Statistics
  • Program Code Z129 - Online Graduate Certificate in Fundamentals of Survey and Data Science.

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* $1,142 $2,284 $3,426
Distance Learning Fee/academic  semester* $76.50 $76.50 $76.50
Application Fee (One time) $75 $75 $75
TOTAL $1,295.50 $2,435.50 $3,577.50

Note: These amounts are subject to change as per University of Maryland policies.  *The Distance Learning Student Service Fee for ONLINE courses (PLS1, PLS2, etc. sections) is $153 for 9 or more credits and 76.50 for 8 or less credits. Click here for more info.

*JPSM flat rate will be $1187 starting Fall 2024.