Certificate and Minor

Students on the Nebraska Campus
Earn a Certificate or Minor in SRAM

Certificate Program

The Certificate program is a 12-credit, four-course program for people who want to acquire a firm grounding in survey research methods in a limited amount of time. The program can be completed in 12 months, August to August. It is designed to meet the needs of people who may already be active in the business world who recognize the advantages to be gained through a solid understanding of survey methods and data analysis. It should suit anyone who wants to add this important area of expertise without engaging in an MS-length course of study. At the same time, all Certificate courses can count towards an MS in Survey Methodology. The Certificate Program is offered on-line, and may also be used by those enrolled in Master's or Ph.D. programs at other universities (with appropriate tuition and fees paid to UNL).

Course Requirements

SRAM offices are located in the College of Business
SRAM offices are located in the College of Business at Howard L. Hawks Hall

Course Requirements (4 of following 5)*:

  • SRAM/SOCI 816 – Principles of Survey Analysis I
  • SRAM 818 – Data Collection Methods
  • SRAM 865 – Survey Analysis and Design (required)
  • SRAM 947- Questionnaire Design
  • SRAM 819- Applied Sampling

Electives must be taken with the approval of a certificate advisor who must be a member of the SRAM core faculty. SRAM core faculty consists of Graduate Faculty with at least a .5 FTE in the SRAM program. Any modifications to the above course requirements must be approved by a certificate advisor in consultation with the graduate chair.

*Pending final university approval

Course Descriptions

SRAM course descriptions at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Course Catalog.

  • 865. Survey and Design Analysis (3 credits)
    Basic issues related to the design and analysis of sample surveys. The basics of questionnaire construction, sampling, data collection, analysis and data presentation.

  • 816. Principles of Survey Analysis (3 credits)
    Introduction to the basic principles of causality and inductive logic in contemporary social and behavioral science. One, two, and multi-way layouts in analysis of variance, fixed effects models, and linear regression in several variables; the Gauss-Markov Theorem; multiple regression analysis; and basic principles of experimental and quasi-experimental designs.

  • 818. Data Collection Methods (3 credits)
    Effects of various data collection methods on survey errors. The strengths, weaknesses, and challenges of data collection modes and mixed-mode methods. Processes underlying data collection and prctical challenges that arise with each mode; coverage error; nonresponse error; interviewer effects and training; timing; and mode effects.

  • 819. Applied Sampling (3 credits)
    Design of probability samples, sampling populations of humans and unique challenges posed by such populations, restricted by cost and available sampling frames. Simple random sampling, stratification, cluster sampling, systematic sampling, multistage sampling, and probability proportional to size sampling, area probability sampling, and telephone samples.

  • 947. Questionnaire Design (PSYC/SOCI 947) (3 credits)
    Design of questionnaries for survey research and the theoretical and practical issues arising from them. Selection of appropriate measurement techniques for assessing opinions, past behaviors and events, and factual material.

Masters Minor Requirements

Students from other disciplines who have chosen to make Survey Research and Methodology their minor are required to take 12 credits from the SRAM curriculum as approved by a minor advisor who must be a member of the SRAM core faculty. The minor would likely include courses in Instrument Design and Evaluation, Data Collection Methods, and Sampling. SRAM core faculty consist of Graduate Faculty with at least a .5 FTE in the SRAM program. Students are required to earn a grade of B or better to earn credit towards the SRAM minor. A "Declaration of SRAM as a Minor" form must be filled out.

Ph.D. Minor Requirements

Minor in SRAM
Minor in SRAM

Ph.D. minors must take at least one course from at least four SRAM core areas (excluding Intermediate Statistics) and at least one Advanced Statistics class. Students are required to earn a grade of B or better to earn credit towards the SRAM minor. The minor includes the courses as listed below:

  1. SRAM/SOCI 819 – Applied Sampling
  2. SRAM/PSYC/SOCI 947 – Questionnaire Design
  3. SRAM 921 – Total Survey Error
  4. SRAM/SOCI 818 – Data Collection Methods
  5. An Intermediate or Advanced Statistics course from SRAM MS core curriculum
  6. One elective from SRAM MS core curriculum with the exception of an Intermediate Statistics course