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Survey Design and Data Analysis

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Alexandria Graduate Education Center

Program Overview

Students learn skills needed for today’s changing survey environment. 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. The survey design and data analysis program is under the natural, mathematical and biomedical sciences discipline in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

The graduate certificate program, which consists of four courses, offers the framework to prepare 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.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – August 1
Spring – December 1

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

Statement of purpose: 

In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in the survey research field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application.

Additional requirement:

Current resumé or curriculum vita required.

International Applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on English language requirements. Please note: international applicants who require a student visa from GW are not eligible to apply for admission to this program.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday