Survey Methodology

Touches Every Segment of Society

Survey data can affect policy in ways as profound as measuring poverty, predicting electoral outcomes, evaluating media consumption and fighting crime.


The Joint Program in Survey Methodology
Educating generations of survey researchers, statisticians, and methodologists.


A consortium of the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, and Westat


Our Beginning

Founded in 1993, the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) in The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland is the nation's oldest and largest program offering graduate training in the principles and practices of survey research.


Our Students

We have both full-time and part-time students, many of them drawn from statistical agencies (such as the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Agricultural Statistical Service) and survey organizations (including Westat, RTI International, the Gallup Organization, and Mathematica).


Our Faculty

Our award-winning faculty is drawn from the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, Westat and other organizations.



Our Graduates

JPSM graduates work in government agencies, academic settings, and private survey research firms. At time of graduation, 100% of our students are employed.


Our Future

Since its inception, JPSM has increased the quality of technical staff in the Federal Statistical System, continuously enriching the field of survey statistics and methodology itself.

New JPSM Tuition Rate

Starting Fall 2017

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