About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

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Beginner Level

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

Data CollectionCluster SamplingR ProgrammingMissing Data

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

How the Specialization Works

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When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 7 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Framework for Data Collection and Analysis

4.2
340 ratings
88 reviews
Course2

Data Collection: Online, Telephone and Face-to-face

4.5
173 ratings
33 reviews
Course3

Questionnaire Design for Social Surveys

4.4
291 ratings
74 reviews
Course4

Sampling People, Networks and Records

4.5
53 ratings
17 reviews

Instructors

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Richard Valliant, Ph.D.

Research Professor
Joint Program in Survey Methodology
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Frauke Kreuter, Ph.D.

Professor, Joint Program in Survey Methodology
Adjunct Research Professor, Institute for Social Research
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Frederick Conrad, Ph.D.

Research Professor, Survey Methodology
Institute for Social Research
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James M Lepkowski

Research Professor
Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

Mariel Leonard

Lecturer
Joint Program in Survey Methodology

About University of Maryland, College Park

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • All courses are on demand and available all the time. So it really depends how much time you have on your hand. You can certainly comfortably move through the specialization thinking of taking one course per month.

  • Introductory statistics knowledge does help, for the later courses.

  • The first course gives an overview over the topic and the framework with think in. But the courses can in principle be taken in any order. If you are looking for guidance we recommend to take at least the sampling Course (course 4) before the course on dealing with missing data (course 5).

  • If you completed the Questionnaire Design course previously and earned a Verified Certificate, you will automatically receive credit toward the Specialization for that course. Additionally, if you received a Verified Certificate and would like enroll for the specialization, the specialization cost will be automatically discounted to accommodate for the previous payment.

  • Learners who complete this specialization will know how to write questions, set-up good data collection, properly analyze survey data, draw samples, weight survey data and deal with missing values, and choose a proper survey mode. Completing the specialization will also help you prepare for a master's program and pivot your career to a rapidly evolving industry.

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