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
  • For the Survey Methodolgy certificate, students must have completed a basic statistics course at a graduate or undergraduate level covering concepts such as probability theory, t-tests, ANOVA and multiple regression. If a student cannot show completion of such a course, the student will be asked to follow a free online self-paced course on these topics and complete an online examination, scoring a B or better.
  • For the Survey Statistics certificate, students must demonstrate graduate level knowledge of statistics and probability theory. If the student does not already have a statistics or biostatistics graduate degree, the applicant must demonstrate completion of prior course work comparable to the following courses offered at UMD:  STAT 410 (graduate-level probability theory course), STAT 420 (graduate-level mathematical statistics course), SURV 615 and SURV 616 (a two-term sequence in statistical methods).(Please view syllabi here for comparison)