Survey Research and Methodology

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered

Degrees

  • M.S.; Ph.D.
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Contacts for Survey Research and Methodology

Graduate Chair

Professor Robert Belli
bbelli2@unl.edu
(402) 472-6269

Graduate Secretary

Barb Rolfes
brolfes3@unl.edu
(402)472-7758

Campus Address

201 N 13th Street
Lincoln NE 68588-0241


Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies


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 Deadlines for Survey Research and Methodology
Fall: January 15

Description

The 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 More

Students in Survey Research and Methodology are most likely to take courses in: See also: 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.

Faculty and research

Ancillary Faculty

Dwayne Ball
Database Marketing; Market Research; New Product Development; Customer Relationship Marketing; Human Trafficking; Services Marketing and CRM; Database Marketing; Measurement and problems of measuring difficult constructs and pehnomena
Rafael De Ayala
Item Response Theory; Hierarchical Linear Models; Applied and Theoretical Psychometrics; Computer Adaptive Testing
John Hibbing
Legislative Politics; Public Opinion; Evolutionary Psychology in Politics
Dan Hoyt
Mental Health; Research Methods; Deviance; Family
Leen-Kiat Soh
Multiagent Systems; Intelligent Education Systems; Machine Learning; Intelligent Agents; Data Mining; Image Processing and Analysis; Multiagent Systems
Julia Soulakova
Dose-Finding Strategies; Analysis of Single or Combination Drug Studies; Statistics in Behavioral Medicine; Drug Trials; Survey Design and Sampling
Elizabeth Theiss-Morse
Political Psychology; Public Opinion; Political Behavior

Core Faculty

Robert Belli
Role of Memory in Applied Settings; Survey Response
Graduate Chair
Allan McCutcheon
Categorical Data Analysis; Survey Research Methods and Design; Cross-National and Comparative Survey Research
Kristen Olson
Survey Methodology, Interviewer Effects, Nonresponse and Measurement Errors
Jolene Smyth
Nonresponse; Questionnaire Design; Gender; Family

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