Survey Research Methods Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

All applicants must be enrolled in and have completed 18 credits in a graduate degree program at Penn State. A graduate grade-point average of 3.30 or higher shall normally be required. All applicants will be required to submit a letter from their academic adviser or department head that explains how the certificate program will enhance the student's primary course of study.

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

All certificate recipients will be required to complete two core courses, two additional electives at the 500 level, and one hands-on internship or apprenticeship experience.

Required Courses
PLSC/SOC 518Survey Methods I: Survey Design3
PLSC/SOC 519Survey Methods II: Analysis of Survey Data3
PLSC/SOC 595ASurvey Research Practicum1
Electives
In addition to the required courses listed above, students must select any two additional 3-credit courses in intermediate or advanced applied statistics or interviewing techniques, as approved by the chair of the Survey Research Center (SRC) Faculty Advisory Committee. 16
Total Credits13

Students accepted into the certificate program will submit a “Planned Program of Study” form annually. Approval by the Chair of the SRC Faculty Advisory Committee shall constitute formal approval for a course to count in meeting this requirement. All courses used to meet the requirements of the Certificate may be double-counted towards the student’s doctoral degree program if permitted by the program.

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will become familiar with key theoretical and methodological paradigms in modern survey research.
  2. Students will acquire skills in the analysis of surveys employing clustering, differential probability of selection, and stratification.
  3. Students will learn how to apply the Total Survey Error framework to data analysis and questionnaire design.
  4. Students will learn about modern alternatives to sample surveys, including non-probability web panel methodology.
  5. Students will integrate this knowledge in an applied internship.

Contact

Campus University Park
Graduate Program Head Eric Plutzer
Program Contact

Eric Plutzer
322 Pond Lab
University Park PA 16802
exp12@psu.edu
(814) 865-6576

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