The primary training goal of the program is to prepare students for a career in research, academic, private, or government, by helping them to develop their own research programs during their training. We expect that by working with a range of faculty in research projects, students will be exposed to a broad range of survey methodology issues. Formal course requirements are thus limited to provide sufficient time for research and to allow students to elect courses that meet their specific interests in the field.
Many academic and non-academic careers involve teaching and mentoring. A secondary goal of the PhD training is to help students develop teaching and mentoring skills. Teaching experience during the program will include serving as a Graduate Student Instructor for several semesters. Students are also encouraged to attend workshops in the University's Center for Research on Learning and Teaching.
While not a requirement, most successful applicants to the MPSM Doctoral Program have earned a Masters Degree in a relevant field (for example, Applied Statistics or Quantitative Social Sciences) if not actually in Survey Methodology. Where appropriate, applicants to the PhD program will be considered for admission to the MS in Survey Methodology.
An offer of admission by the department is based on a review of all available evidence predictive of probable academic success and eventual professional achievement of a high level. Since there are many highly qualified applicants, it is necessary to turn away some students who undoubtedly could succeed in a doctoral program.
For a complete list of admissions requirements see Minimum Requirements.