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The Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology (GCSRM) provides UIC graduate students state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in scientifically grounded survey research methodology. Using a multidisciplinary strategy that draws upon survey research resources across the UIC campus, the GCSRM provides a unique opportunity for systematic, integrated study of the conduct of professional survey research.


Survey research is the most commonly recognized and applied social science research methodology for studying large populations. Despite the increasing demand for well-trained survey professionals, there are few training programs in the U.S. that emphasize survey research methodology. The GCSRM is the only program of its kind serving Chicago and the Illinois region. It is designed to enhance students' preparation to respond to the increasing demand for scientifically grounded evidence regarding social issues and professional practice in an expanding array of disciplines.

The GCSRM is open to students who are enrolled in a UIC graduate degree program, master's or doctoral, in any GCSRM participating academic unit. It is to be undertaken concurrently with completing coursework toward a UIC graduate degree in the student's major academic unit. The curriculum is designed to expose students to scholarship regarding all elements of the process of conducting professional survey research. It requires a minimum of 14 semester hours of course work, consisting of at least 7 hours in core courses, plus electives. Completing the GCSRM is recognized by being recorded on the student's official UIC transcript and by a certificate of completion awarded by the GCSRM .

The Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Survey Research Methodology was established in spring 2005, through the sponsorship of the following UIC academic units:

Community Health Sciences Division, School of Public Health
Political Science Department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Public Administration Department, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
Sociology Department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Students who complete the Concentration in Survey Research Methodology will be prepared to apply a variety of survey research methodologies to address problems in basic and applied research.


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