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Early admission deadline: December; final deadline: January. Please find the detailed information on the admission page.
You will find an application form and a list of documents to be submitted on our admission page. Please send the complete application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We accept only complete applications.
Once you have submitted your application, it is not possible to modify the documents.
Those who have successfully participated in the trial phase will be offered a place in the accredited program.
The program is designed for employees from market and social research organizations, statistical agencies, and other public and private organizations that work with survey and organic data. In general terms, IPSDS is appropriate for people working in data collection and data analysis.
You need at least a baccalaureate/bachelor degree, if you want to attend the program.
You need at least a baccalaureate/bachelor degree, 12 ECTS/6 credits in mathematical/applied statistics, one year of relevant work experience, and English proficiency. Please find the complete list of our enrollment criteria on the admission page.
We review applications holistically, focusing on their various aspects. Therefore, we encourage you to fill out a self-evaluation part of the application form as completely and honestly as you can. If your application is chosen and we think that you need to improve your knowledge in statistics and/or programming, we will provide you with options to fill the gap.
Yes, you need at least one year of work experience in a position dealing with data generation, collection, or analysis.
We recommend to complete the program within 5 terms (15 months), but the completion may vary depending on your schedule.
You can shape your schedule according to your personal needs and study at your own pace. However, certificates/credits expire after 5 years, so you have to finish the program no longer than 5 years after the start.
IPSDS is designed for working professionals, that is, part-time students. Yet, fast track options are also available upon the consultation and approval from the IPSDS.
During the pilot phase of the program, it is not possible to enroll in an individual course of the International Program through the University of Mannheim. However, the “Joint Program of Survey Methodology” at the University of Maryland offers the same courses, and you may enroll in individual courses there.
Some of our courses build on each other, e.g., you have to take “Fundamentals of Survey and Data Science” first before you can attend other core courses. Other courses can be taken independently according to your interests and needs. Please refer to the description of the courses to check prerequisites for each course.
You may attend as many courses as you like at the same time, but we recommend not to enroll in more than 6 credits/12 ECTS, if you are studying part-time.
As a rule of thumb you can expect to spend approximately 3h/week on in-class activities (watching prerecorded videos and attending the live online meeting) and 9 hours per week on out-of-class activities (preparing for class, readings, assignments, projects, studying for quizzes and exams). Therefore, the workload in all courses will be approximately 12h/week. 3 credit/6 ECTS courses run over an entire term (12 weeks), 2 credit/4 ECTS courses run over 8 weeks, and 1 credit/2 ECTS courses run over 4 weeks.
Our online courses use a flipped classroom design. In the courses, students are responsible for watching video recorded lectures, reading the required literature, and submitting assignments for each unit and then “attending” mandatory weekly one-hour online meetings where students have the chance to discuss the materials from a unit with the instructor. Just like in other course, homework will be assigned and graded and there will be a final exam or a project at the end of the courses.
You will meet your instructor and the other students during the regular weekly online meetings (using a web-based video conferencing software). In these meetings, you discuss the materials of the current unit. You are encouraged to ask questions and actively interact with the other participants and the instructor.
The video-recorded lectures and all other materials are available on the learning platform until the end of your course.
All courses are offered in English.
The study year is divided in four terms: Spring (March – May), Summer (June – August), Fall (September – November), and Winter (December – February). Courses usually start at the beginning of a term. Exact dates can be found on the website.
IPSDS is designed to lead to a Master’s degree AFTER the pilot phase. In addition, it is structured to fit the schedule of working professionals.
IPSDS is designed to lead to a Master’s degree AFTER the pilot phase. You will receive certificates of attendance for your courses. They should be taken into account, if you want to achieve the Master’s degree afterwards. You can enroll in the “Joint Program of Survey Methodology” at the University of Maryland, if you wish to get your degree earlier. As a test cohort, you also commit to participating in the program evaluation.
IPSDS is limited up to 20 participants per cohort.
Participation in the program until February 2019 will be completely tuition-free. Thereafter, fees will be charged for part of the program, while new courses will continue to be free of charge. Participants of the test cohorts pay 750 EUR per 1 credit/2 ECTS for selected courses. Participants who only take individual courses pay 930 EUR per 1 credit/2 CETS for selected courses. List of courses that can no longer be offered free of charge can be found here.
During the test phase participants of the test cohorts pay 750 EUR per 1 credit/2 ECTS. Participants who only take individual courses pay 930 EUR per 1 credit/2 CETS. List of fee-based courses can be found here.
IPSDS is a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). During the project period the program is completely tuition-free until February 28, 2019. Thereafter, fees will be charged for part of the program, while new courses will continue to be free of charge. List of courses that can no longer be offered free of charge can be found here.
To watch prerecorded videos and participate in the weekly online meetings, you only need a good internet connection and a web cam. We also recommend to use a basic headset with a microphone when participating in the online meetings.
Yes, the learning environment and the video conferencing service work on most devices.
Coursera is a platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which can be attended by everyone for free. Due to the nature of MOOCs being open to thousands of diverse learners at the same time, the content and faculty support/feedback of the Coursera courses is limited to fit the format. While the Coursera courses constitute a great tool to introduce students to the subject, they are not designed for an in-depth learning experience. As it is impossible to evaluate such a big number of learners within a single course, the feedback/support provided by the faculty is limited to asynchronous forum discussions, peer-review projects, and automatically graded quizzes.
The courses provided by Maryland / Mannheim faculty on Coursera