UMass Boston

Certificate in Survey Research

The UMass Boston Center for Survey Research (CSR) and the Department of Sociology offer a 15-credit graduate certificate program in survey research. This program is designed for survey research professionals working in the academic, governmental, nonprofit, and commercial research sectors. The program's focus is balanced to give students an appreciation of the theoretical foundations of survey methodology and proficiency in practical aspects of survey design.

Core courses introduce students to the major areas of the field of survey research: 

  • sampling
  • data collection methods
  • question writing and questionnaire design
  • question evaluation and pretesting
  • post-survey processing 
  • analysis 

Elective courses allow students to learn about specific topics of interest and receive hands-on experience in the field.

The courses are available to students enrolled in any graduate program at UMass Boston and as post-graduate studies for those not enrolled in a degree program. Students can enroll in the concentration within the graduate program in sociology or in the freestanding post-baccalaureate certificate program. Click here to learn more.


Center for Survey Research

100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125