Survey design and implementation are complex combinations of many components. Survey methodology has evolved through contributions from diverse disciplines. The creation of the Joint Program recognizes that the combination of these contributions has created a coherent set of principles and practices that form the basis of the profession of survey methodology.
Knowledge from statistics, economics, sociology, psychology, and computer science is blended in course offerings to enhance the value of the training. Many of the course offerings do not exist on other university campuses in the United States. The courses have been constructed without regard to traditional disciplinary boundaries to supply the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to be a highly trained survey professional.
Successful completion of a graduate program by working students requires a partnership among the student, the employer, and the educational program. The JPSM works with potential students to choose a program that fits best into their lives and is sensitive to differing levels of support from employers.