Graduate Certificate in Survey Design and Data Analysis

This four-course, 12-credit program prepares professionals from the public and private sectors for careers in the survey research field. The program builds skills in:

  • sampling and designing surveys,
  • collecting and analyzing data, and
  • critically analyzing public opinion.

Graduates acquire expertise to manage the phases of the process in corporate, association or government agency settings. Courses focus on designing and pretesting questionnaires, sampling cases, collecting and compiling data, computing estimates and margins of error, writing reports and managing the survey process.

Curriculum (12 Credit Hours)

STAT 6233 Questionnaire Design
STAT 6234 Statistical Computing Packages for Survey Research
STAT 6236 Applied Sampling Techniques for Survey Research
STAT 6238 Survey Management

Courses are not offered in the summer. Curriculum is subject to change.

Graduate Certification Requirements

An application is required for admission to the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. After gaining admission, students are required to enroll in at least one course each semester, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). Twelve credits are required for completion of the graduate certificate program in Survey Design and Data Analysis.

Early in the final semester students must submit an application for graduation from the certificate program.

Official academic policy governing degrees is stated in The George Washington Bulletin for Graduate Programs.

GW is certified to operate in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

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Program at a Glance

Program at a Glance

The flexible Survey Design and Data Analysis program accommodates the schedules of working professionals.

  • Classes meet on weekday evenings
  • Conveniently located in Alexandria Graduate Education Center
  • May be completed as quickly as two semesters, or spaced over four semesters
  • Four-course program (12 credits)

Program Director

Michael Larsen, Professor of Statistics