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Admissions FAQs

Q: Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in order to take Graduate Program in Survey Research courses?

Yes. Proof of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year institution is required to register for classes. Graduates from all fields and majors are eligible to take courses in our program.

Q: Do I need to be admitted to a degree or certificate program to take courses?

No. As a non-matriculated student, you may take up to 6 credits of course work. After this limit is reached, you may apply for admission to the MSR or Graduate Certificate in Survey Research programs to continue your studies. Non-matriculated students must have an earned Bachelor’s degree.

Q: Do I need to take the GRE?

The Graduate Program in Survey Research does not require any standardized test for admission into our programs.

Q: What programs do you offer?

The Department of Public Policy offers two online survey research programs: a 30-credit Master of Arts in Survey Research and a 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Survey Research.

Q: Can I start in the Certificate program and switch to the Master’s program later?

Yes. As long as you are accepted to the Master’s program before your Graduate Certificate in Survey Research is conferred, the credits you have earned can be applied toward the Master of Arts in Survey Research degree. You cannot earn both a certificate and a Master’s degree.

Q: Who should write my letters of recommendation and how should they be submitted?

Your letters of recommendation should be written by people who know you and your work very well. Your writers may be current or past supervisors, college professors, or professional colleagues. Letters should be uploaded by your recommenders as instructed within the online Graduate School Application.

Q: What are the admissions requirements for the Master of Arts in Survey Research (MSR) Program?

To be considered for admission to the MSR Program, applicants must submit the graduate school application, official transcripts from all undergraduate (and post-graduate, if any) studies, a personal statement, professional resume, and three letters of recommendation. In addition to having your official transcripts mailed to the Graduate School, you should obtain unofficial transcripts that you can upload yourself into your online application. For non-native English speakers, TOEFL or IELTS exam scores are also required.

Strong applicants will have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5, a clearly written personal statement that explains why you want to earn your Master’s degree in Survey Research at UConn, and recommendation letters that describe your academic and professional strengths in detail.

Q: What are the admissions requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Survey Research Program?

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Survey Research Program, applicants must submit the graduate school application, official transcripts from all undergraduate (and post-graduate, if any) studies, a personal statement, professional resume, and two letters of recommendation. For non-native English speakers, TOEFL or IELTS exam scores are also required.

Strong applicants will have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, a clearly written personal statement that explains why you want to earn a Graduate Certificate in Survey Research at UConn, and recommendation letters that describe academic and professional strengths in detail. Click for full application instructions and information.

Q: What are the application deadlines?

The MSR Program begins reviewing applications on February 15, March 15 for Summer consideration and February 15, March 15, May 15 and July 15th for Fall  admission consideration. The application deadline for Spring consideration is November 15. Applications submitted after these dates will be reviewed monthly, and admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis until three weeks before classes begin.

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Q: How are admissions decisions made for your programs?

The GPSR admissions committee takes a holistic approach when reviewing your application. All aspects are important and each should be considered and prepared with care. The committee will evaluate all aspects of the application including types of undergraduate courses taken, letters of recommendation, your personal statement and resume (professional experience and work choices, volunteer work and honors received). It is very important to us that there is a right “fit” with your career goals and our curriculum and program.
After the department reviews applications, the Graduate School then audits the student’s application to verify the transcript information. Once both reviews are complete, decisions are sent to applicants by the Graduate School.

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Cost FAQs

Q: How much do courses in the Graduate Program in Survey Research cost?

The cost is the same for residents, non-residents, and international students. The cost is $825 per credit, all-inclusive; one 3-credit class totals $2,475.

Total cost for the 12-credit certificate: $9,900

Total cost for the 30 credits Masters degree: $24,750

Q: Does the Graduate Program in Survey Research offer financial assistance or graduate assistantships?

No. The program does not offer financial assistance in the form of graduate assistantships.

Q: Is financial aid (such as student loans) available?

Financial aid is administered through the University of Connecticut Student Financial Aid Office. They can be reached at 860-486-2819 or online at financialaid.uconn.edu. Please note that financial aid  may not be available for all students.

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Schedule FAQs

Q: When do classes start and when are they held during the year?

Classes in the online Graduate Program in Survey Research are held in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters specified by the University of Connecticut academic calendar. Summer courses are offered during the session 3 dates.

Q: Can I study full-time or part-time?

The majority of our students are professionals who take one or two 3-credit courses each semester, though a few have chosen the “full-time” route and taken three or four classes. Because the courses are billed at a flat fee-per-credit rate, the part-time/full-time designation does not have an impact on your bill beyond the cost-per-credit calculation.

Once you have matriculated as a certificate or MSR student, you must take at least one course in each consecutive fall and spring semester in order to stay active in your program and avoid reinstatement fees and the need to reapply.

Q: How are the courses delivered?

The online courses are delivered asynchronously.

Asynchronous refers to fulfilling course objectives through activities that do not need to take place at the same time for all students. An example of an asynchronous activity is the discussion board or threaded discussion, where students post to the board when it is convenient to them as long as the activity is completed by a pre-determined date. This contrasts to synchronous, which means that the activity takes place at the same time for all students. An example of a synchronous activity is an exam that must be completed by all students in a class during a 3-hour window. Our program is primarily asynchronous.

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International Students FAQs

Q: Can international students obtain a student visa if admitted to the MSR or Graduate Certificate in Survey Research Programs?

No, student visas cannot be issued for online education. International students can only participate if doing so from their home country.

Q: Are tests of English proficiency required?

Yes. It is very important to our program that international students have mastered the English language before attending our program. All of our classes are taught in English and we expect strong English skills from international students. Applicants from non-English speaking countries should submit their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score with their application materials. A strong applicant will have a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper test)/250 (computer test)/ 100 (internet test), or an average overall band IELTS score of at least 6.5.

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Online Learning FAQs

Q: Are Graduate Program in Survey Research courses offered in a traditional face-to-face classroom environment as well as online?

Generally, no. All courses in the Graduate Program in Survey Research are offered online. The UConn Department of Public Policy offers traditional face-to-face courses that may fulfill completion requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Survey Research or the MSR, but it is impossible to complete either program without taking online courses. It is the norm to complete these programs without taking any traditional face-to-face courses.

Q: How are online courses different from on-site courses?

Our online courses meet the same academic standards as on-site courses at UConn. The primary difference is that all of the assignments, communication, and class participation are completed using various technologies. All of the traits required to be successful in graduate school—effective time management, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and possessing the abilities to write clearly and think critically are equally important for the online courses offered by the Graduate Program in Survey Research.

Q: Does online mean that I will not have contact with professors and classmates?

No. Each course is an integral part of our online community, which means that there is opportunity for significant interaction among students and faculty. Our faculty interact with students in a variety of ways. They contact students by e-mail or telephone, participate actively in discussion boards and chat rooms, provide extensive feedback on assignments, and even conduct online office hours.

Q: Are the degrees or certificates conferred by the Graduate Program in Survey Research identified as being “online”?

No. The transcript identifies the degree as a Master of Arts in Survey Research and the certificate as a Graduate Certificate in Survey Research. Neither the transcript nor the credential refers to “online.”


Online Coursework FAQs

Q: Are Graduate Program in Survey Research courses offered in a traditional face-to-face classroom environment as well as online?

Generally, no. All courses in the Graduate Program in Survey Research are offered online. The UConn Department of Public Policy offers traditional face-to-face courses that may fulfill completion requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Survey Research or the MSR, but it is impossible to complete either program without taking online courses. It is the norm to complete these programs without taking any traditional face-to-face courses.

Q: How are online courses different from on-site courses?

Our online courses meet the same academic standards as on-site courses at UConn. The primary difference is that all of the assignments, communication, and class participation are completed using various technologies. All of the traits required to be successful in graduate school—effective time management, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and possessing the abilities to write clearly and think critically are equally important for the online courses offered by the Graduate Program in Survey Research.

Q: Does online mean that I will not have contact with professors and classmates?

No. Each course is an integral part of our online community, which means that there is opportunity for significant interaction among students and faculty. Our faculty interact with students in a variety of ways. They contact students by e-mail or telephone, participate actively in discussion boards and chat rooms, provide extensive feedback on assignments, and even conduct online office hours.

Q: Are the degrees or certificates conferred by the Graduate Program in Survey Research identified as being “online”?

No. The transcript identifies the degree as a Master of Arts in Survey Research and the certificate as a Graduate Certificate in Survey Research. Neither the transcript nor the credential refers to “online.”

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