International Program in Survey and Data Science (IPSDS)

In our digital age, we are amassing large amounts of data, generated not only by surveys but also as a by-product of everyday life activities such as online shopping, use of social networks, or even remotely controlling a washing machine via a smartphone. Advanced techniques for analyzing these data allow us to gain insights more quickly, uncover previously unknown relationships, and foster innovation.


IPSDS attracts professionals working with data collection and data analysis, who choose to enhance their skills through an online learning environment. With this challenging English-taught program, you will be ready to tackle fundamental changes in the ways how survey and big data are generated, integrated, and disseminated. The program prepares you for a wide range of research and practitioner positions where data use is crucial.


Tailored to the needs of working professionals, IPSDS offers a modular and multidisciplinary curriculum, a web-based learning environment with small class sizes and courses taught by faculty from world’s top ranked universities, statistical agencies and businesses. All courses are offered as single courses or as part of an EMOS certified Master program. IPSDS is offered jointly through Mannheim Business School (University of Mannheim) and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology – a consortium of the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, and Westat.


IPSDS goes Mannheim Business School

We are excited to announce that the International Program in Survey and Data Science is now offered as “Mannheim Master of Applied Data Science & Measurement” at Mannheim Business School. You can join the IPSDS courses not only through the Master's program, but also as single open courses or as part of our certificates.

What our students say about IPSDS


Profile Picture Markus Nutz


"I‘d recommend the program to all people working with data who want to understand why their data, be it big or small, is probably not objective or raw and want to enable themselves and others to be better at data-driven decision making."
– Markus Nutz





Tatjana Schröder - Student at the International Program in Survey and Data Science


"With IPSDS, my family and I can easily match my studies with our daily routine. I can watch the videos and complete the appointments when it fits us best and I even realized my kids are more motivated to do their homework when we can study together."

- Tatjana Schröder



What the Program Director Says about IPSDS


Profile Picture Frauke Kreuter"The International Program in Survey & Data Science connects students with various backgrounds interested in strengthening their data usage skills. Our mission is to provide an outstanding web-learning experience to tomorrow's researchers and leaders in the area of data collection and analysis, equipping them with the expertise and knowledge to use data in an ethical and secure way. IPSDS has proven to enhance our graduates' career paths as well as improve their performance and efficiency in the industry. We invite you to learn more about the exciting curriculum we have to offer."

– Frauke Kreuter





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Online Learning

Enjoy a flexible web-based program that you can combine with full-time employment and family responsibilities.

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Data experts

Learn to work with data from its generating to analysis & visualisation.

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World-class Faculty

Learn from academics from renown universities and practitioners from leading companies.

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