Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate Degrees Offered
- M.S.; Ph.D.
Application Checklist and Deadlines
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
- Application for Graduate Admission
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One set of transcripts, uploaded to MyRED (see upload requirements)
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you expect to hold an F or J visa: financial resource information
See also: steps to admission.
Required by Survey Research and Methodology in GAMES
After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:
- Entrance exam(s): GRE or GMAT
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 585, Internet TOEFL 95
- Three recommendation letters
- Statement of purpose
Application DeadlineFall: January 15
DescriptionThe Survey Research and Methodology (SRAM) program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and a certificate program. All three are very much cross-disciplinary. Areas of study include: cognitive survey research, intermediate and advanced data analysis, survey sampling, study design and management, data collection methods, instrument design, and testing and assessment, as well as cross-cultural survey research and methods. In addition, master's and doctoral students may choose from a wide range of minor area of emphasis.
The M.S. program is designed to provide students with comprehensive expertise in survey methodology, equipping them to conduct survey research and analysis in a wide range of fields in the public and private sectors, including health, education, media, official statistics, and polling. The M.S. program is a two-year nonthesis program which includes an internship with an external organization, agency, or company. M.S. students also receive grounding in comparative (cross-cultural) research.
The Ph.D. program offers research opportunities in areas such as data analysis, social and cognitive survey research, questionnaire design, survey error and the "total survey error paradigm", nonresponse, data collection challenges, and cross-cultural and cross-national survey research. The program is designed as a four-year program and requires a dissertation of original work that advances knowledge in the field of survey methodology. Ph.D. graduates are likely to have opportunities within academic settings, in government, business, and nonprofit sectors.
The SRAM program offers funding for research assistantships to promising M.S. and Ph.D. applicants and special opportunities exist to receive a scholarship funded by the Gallup Organization in Omaha.
Courses and MoreStudents in Survey Research and Methodology are most likely to take courses in:Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.
Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.
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