Master of Arts

in Survey Research

UConn's Place in Survey Research

Business intelligence using modern technology

For over 35 years, the University of Connecticut has been a hub in the field of Survey Research. Beginning with the hosting of Elmo Roper and George Gallup’s Roper Center to the establishment of the UConn Poll, UConn is committed to the teaching and application of high quality survey methodology and practice. 

UConn offers three online graduate-level options to advance students’ knowledge in the practice of survey research, data collection, data analysis, and public opinion psychology for use in fields such as political polling, market research, and public health.

At UConn, we train survey research professionals, in both traditional and cutting-edge methodologies, to gather data about attitudes, opinions, behaviors, or demographics and analyze that information to answer complex questions about society.

Survey researchers play a critical role in market research, which allows businesses to measure the effectiveness of media campaigns, determine the feasibility of new products and services, and make strategic business decisions. Public opinion polling is an avenue of survey research which helps public and political leaders, as well as non-profit organizations, to gauge public opinion on a variety of topics. Surveys are also an effective tool for policy analysis and program evaluation.

Alumni Profile

Vanessa Meldener

Senior Study Director

After more than a decade in the survey research industry, I realized I needed a Masters Degree in the field to advance further in my career. However, with my husband’s career and children, moving to attend a program was not an option. The UConn online Master of Arts in Survey Research offered the flexibility I needed. Through the UConn online program, I was able to complete my Masters Degree in Survey Research while working full-time and maintaining a healthy family life. I learned a great deal from course work and professors, and I was also extremely pleased with the level of experience that my fellow students brought to the program. Having all this collective industry experience made the class discussion extremely vibrant and engaging. I am so glad I completed this program!

Learn more about job prospects for survey researchers below:

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (Market Analyst)
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (Survey Researcher)

Survey research jobs are predicted to have a faster than average growth rate in the coming years, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 30% increase in the survey research field between 2008 and 2018. The majority of jobs are found in the technical, professional, and scientific areas, although the job can be applied to almost any field. Career advancement and a higher salary usually require an advanced education.