General information

Data Expert – Profession of the Future

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.

Experts share experience and insights

The new International Program in Survey and Data Science (IPSDS) is a modular educational program that permits you to shape your curriculum according to your personal and professional needs. You can take courses from anywhere in the world as IPSDS is based on a flexible, web-based learning environment.

IPSDS courses are held by world-class faculty from leading universities and organizations. In live online sessions they will share their academic and practical experience and insights with you. Interact and network with faculty, other experts, and peers during our onsite-workshops (2 per cohort).

Employees from market and social research organizations, statistical agencies, and other public and private organizations that work with data will all benefit from this educational program.

Training for survey and big data experts

The International Program in Survey and Data Science offers a multidisciplinary curriculum with a focus on survey methodology and data science that prepares you for the challenges of working with designed data from surveys and organic data (aka “found data” or “big data”). IPSDS aims to equip you with the necessary tools to face these data and to work successfully in this new environment.

In addition to the core courses a number of electives allow you to deepen your knowledge and specialize in survey methodology, statistics and data science. The program is designed to be completed in 5 terms (15 months), but individual scheduling is possible that allows you to finish the program at your own pace.

Face the challenges of working with survey and big data

If you want to face the challenges of working with survey and big data, apply for the International Program in Survey and Data Science. Registration for prospective students who fulfill the admission requirements will be open again in automn 2018.

For the first cohorts of students, participation in the program will be tuition-free until Februrary 2019.

The program is designed to lead to a Master’s degree, following the pilot phase, with courses offered through a cooperation between the University of Mannheim in Germany and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland, USA.