Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Survey Research

Program Overview

The Ohio State University specialization in survey research is a 12 credit-hour add-on program available to any graduate student at Ohio State. The program involves two required courses: Political Science 7702, Questionnaire Construction; and Political Science or Communication 7789, Survey Research Practicum. The student also takes two  elective courses from an interdisciplinary list of courses dealing with research methods and the applications of survey research. Upon completing the program, students receive a notation on their official university transcript indicating that they have completed the program. Students also receive an official certificate from the program administrator.

Please click here for a PDF application form. For more information, contact Thomas Nelson, Ph.D., Faculty Coordinator, Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Survey Research
at 614 292-6408 or nelson.179@osu.edu.

Highlights

  • 12-hour, four-course program open to all graduate students in all disciplines
  • Credential appears on official university transcripts
  • Required courses offered each year
  • 2 electives chosen from an extensive menu of courses on applications and tools
  • Wide applicability across disciplines

History and Administration

The Ohio State University specialization in survey research is a 12 credit-hour add-on program available to any graduate student at Ohio State. It began operation in Autumn 2000 sponsored by 13 departments in six colleges which agreed to contribute courses. The purpose is to further education in survey research at Ohio State University at the graduate level and provide students with a credential that can be useful in academic or applied contexts. Upon completing the specialization, students receive a notation on their official university transcript indicating that they have completed the program. Students also receive an official certificate from the program administrator.
 
The field of survey research has been evolving rapidly in terms of technology. Academic research on the survey process has led to substantial innovation in understanding and managing the survey data collection process. Many of these processes can be organized under the broad heading of the Total Survey Error approach. The standards for data collection by serious clients are now higher than ever and well-trained people are needed in many phases of the survey industry.
 
The survey industry today can be thought of as having several components: government statistical agencies, including the US Census; academic Survey Research Centers; commercial sector; and media polling. Each has its own characteristic problems, research questions and favored modes of operation. Survey research is also used in the field of marketing, with certain differences.
 
Survey research education at Ohio State is organized as an "interdisciplinary specialization" under Graduate School rules. The program involves two required courses: Political Science 7702, Questionnaire Construction; and Political Science or Communication 7789, Survey Research Practicum. Students also select an elective from an interdisciplinary list of courses dealing with the applications of survey research, and an elective from a list of research methods courses relevant to survey research. Students are strongly encouraged to select as one of their survey research methods electives Statistics 651, Survey Sampling.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites for the specialization include a year of statistics courses, up to and including multiple regression. Most students take these in their home departments, but any series of courses that deals with topics through multiple regression is acceptable.

Other Rules

At least 10 of the credits required for the specialization must be earned outside the student's home department.
Rules that govern all Graduate School Interdisciplinary Specializations.

Current List of Electives

Here are the current electives for the specialization.

Disciplinary applications of survey research (One Course)

  • Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics 5330, Benefit-Cost Analysis
  • Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics 6300, Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Communication 7813, Public Opinion and Communication
  • Communication 7713, Political Communication
  • Economics 8851, Labor Economics I
  • Economics 8852, Labor Economics II
  • Bus M&L 8252, Marketing Models
  • Political Science 7160 Public Opinion
  • Psychology 7873, Attitudes and Persuasion
  • Sociology 7711, Sociology of Work
  • Sociology 7720, Family, Work and Inequality
  • Sociology 7837, Political Sociology

Survey research tools (One course)

  • AED Economics 6110, Applied Quantitative Methods I
  • AED Economics 6120, Applied Quantitative Methods II
  • Agricultural Education 8850, Research Methods
  • Agricultural Education 8860, Research Design
  • Agricultural Education 8870, Analysis and Interpretation of Data
  • Agricultural Education 8880, Instrumentation and Procedures for Data Collection
  • Agricultural Education 8995, Seminar in Research
  • Communication 6760, Communication Research Methods
  • Economics 8731, Econometrics I
  • Economics 8832, Advanced Econometrics III
  • Educational Policy & Leadership 7627, Sampling and Survey Research Measures
  • Educational Policy & Leadership 7663, Test reliability and validity
  • Educational Policy & Leadership 8658, Applied Multilevel Data Analysis
  • Educational Policy & Leadership 7643 Categorical Data Analysis
  • Educational Policy & Leadership 8657, Factor and Cluster Analysis
  • Educational Policy & Leadership 8659, Structural Equation Modeling
  • Educational Policy & Leadership 8674 Scaling and Item Response Theory
  • Geography 8102, Spatial Data Analysis
  • Political Science 7780, Political Science Research Methods
  • Psychology 7820, Fundamentals of Factor Analysis
  • Psychology 7821, Covariance Structure Models
  • Psychology 7822, Fundamentals of Item Response Theory
  • Psychology, 6863, Psychometrics
  • Public Health 6431, Design and Implementation of Health Surveys
  • Public Health 7225, Survey Sampling Methods (cross-listed with Stats 6510)
  • Public Health 7240, Applied Statistical Analysis with Missing Data (cross-listed with Stats 6520)
  • PUBAFRS 7570, Public Management Information Systems
  • PUBAFRS 7571, Multivariate Data Analysis for Public Policy and Management
  • Sociology 7652, Sociological Survey Research Methods I
  • Sociology 7653, Sociological Survey Research Methods II
  • Sociology 7752, Principles and Techniques of Scale Construction
  • Sociology 6650, Categorical Data Analysis
  • Sociology 8607, Causal Modeling
  • Statistics 5510, Statistical Foundations of Survey Research
  • Statistics 6510, Survey Sampling Methods (cross-listed with Public Health 7225)
  • Statistics 6520, Applied Statistical Analysis with Missing Data (cross-listed with Public Health 7240)
  • Human Development & Family Science 8850, Measurement in Human Development and Family Science

Application

Students should signal their intention to complete the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization as soon as possible. This facilitates course planning, enrollment projections and program accountability, and ensures the availability of the needed courses in the future.
Application Forms

Faculty Coordinator

Questions and problems should be referred to the faculty coordinator, who provides counseling, and coordinates colloquia and other activities from time to time. Students who complete the specialization should contact the coordinator so that an official transcript designation can be obtained from the Graduate School.
Students also receive a certificate of completion from the program.

Thomas Nelson, Ph.D.
Faculty Coordinator

Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Survey Research
2044 Derby Hall
154 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
Tel: 614 292-6408
E-mail: nelson.179@osu.edu.

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